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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:38

Victoria - you count the number of birds perched in your garden at any one time (not flying over) - the numbers can change during the count period - a couple now, then just one, then perhaps five.  You then record the highest number seen perched at any one time.

I've seen a lot of hoopoes in my time (common in the area of the Languedoc where we live part of the year) but that would be something

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 16:23

wow, there's some fabulous gardens around!

I've been trying to cut back the last 25 years-worth of growth so not so much shrub flower this year but:

alpine strawberry



erysimum (yellow bushy one)


heathers (in planters)

pelargonium (the ones I did not have space to bring in!)

mahonia charity (birds are enjoying this)

periwinkle (major, minor and variegated)




salvia (farinacea?)

viburnam tinus

viburnum new dawn

blue violas

more than I would have thought looking out through the windows!

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:09

so where do they all go?  RSPB assures us that if they are not in our gardens, somebody else will be counting them but |I'm beginning to wonder about a big black hole....

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:03

Nut - I have a set of the black bird silhouette stickers on the huge windows of my veranda in France and they seem to do the trick - no casualties since they were put up.  I think the birds see greenery reflected in the glass and fly towards it....

Flower identification

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:35

we call them schizophrenic...helps to remember the name!

I just love them when nearly everything else is over a nd gone.

Happy new Year

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:33

Sun is shining on the frost - lets all look forward to sufficient sunshine to enjoy the great outdoors, and sufficient rainfall to keep it all growing nicely and a Happy New Year to you all

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 11:33

I've just registered for the RSPB annual garden bird watch, and for the last few days a green woodpecker has been visiting the old apple tree to breakfast on the last remaining apples, whilst a fieldfare has been content to sample those left on the ground.

I bet they will be nowhere to be seen on counting weekend!

and where have all the goldfinches gone?  we had a couple  arrive one day on the niger seed, but mostly none at all.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:32

plant them in pots, cover the top with gravel, and put them somewhere sheltered - you can't lose.  If they don't come up - compost heap, if they do dob them in where you want them as they come into flower.

I've just been doing my last few and it's amazing how quickly they come up!  Good luck.

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:28

my notebook has only managed to record the names of some of things I have bought before I lose the labels....and of course I know what the two pots of seeds on the kitchen windowsill are....don't I?

as I watch bulbs coming up in countless pots my resolution is to actually plant them in the garden so that I don't have the annual autumn faff of trying to identify dormant bulbs and get them re-planted ....trouble is I know they will revert to their usual pattern of being dug up when I plant something later in the year.

Removing Ivy

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 23:00

You used to be able to get SBK brushwood killer in Garden Centres - I'm not sure if it has now been banned (most of the really useful things get banned) - it would work well if you have thick stems, also good for brambles.   I believe there is now a gel that you paint on, but it's pretty pricey and labour intensive if you've got a lot to treat.  Ground elder takes time - a lot of time.  Dig out as much as you can and burn the roots.  As soon as it starts to reappear spray the young growth, and keep spraying any new growth once a week.  You will conquer it eventually (years rather than months)  Unfortunately, like brambles, it's one of those things that loves to grow under a dividing fence so you may need to befriend your neighbour and get them to tackle it from their side at the same time.

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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When can I put the geraniums out?

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