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Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 10:55

Poured with rain all day yesterday and hardly a bird to be seen - just the occasional one dashing to the seed or fat balls.  It's pretty overcast today too, but I'll give it a go later on.  As you say it seems not to reflect the reality of bird life.  We now have red kites regularly overflying the garden, loads of sparrows and blackbirds chasing each other on the grass, and yes, we too have blackcaps.  I will try the count today (Monday) but am not optimistic of seeing the vast variety who normally visit.  Part iof the problem is the "hour" as different birds come at different times of day. But where are all the goldfinches?

Lupins or LUPINS

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 11:02

Tree lupins grow wild on the heathland around Woburn, amongst gorse and young fir trees.  Perhaps they are at their best in the wild?

Moving a rose

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:33

Due to loss of garden I was forced to lift all my roses last year and find them a temporary home in my daughters garden.  She has little time to spare so simply dug rough holes and shoved them in.  They all seem to be doing fine.  Even the Just Joey, here when we moved into the house 35 years ago, seems to be flourishing .  If it's a bush that is important to you just do it - now while it's dormant.  If it doesn't work out the way you had hoped you can always replace it later.   Hard pruning in spring will encourage new strong growth - wait until you can see the viable shoots.


I get very irritated with these TV gardeners who always recommend replacing, as plants these days are not cheap.  Try to lift with a good rootball and make the planting hole an adequate size - add some bonemeal to encourage root growth and hey ho, away you go.

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:24

The one hour bit is always a problem as different birds come at different times of the day.


Right now I am over-run with blackbirds squabbling over the last remaining apples on the ground....bet they'll be finished by the time the 29th comes round!  We have a great variety of birds who wait their turn in the holly bushes, but you can only count those that are actually static in the garden, and not those in flight.


We always set ourselves up with a pot of fresh coffee and nice biscuits to make the event even more special!

Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 12:53

I'm sure it would be OK in a largish pot until you can get it into the ground.  I have two in my garden because for me they are the ultimate shrub for bird lovers.  They do grow tall, but I make a point of completely removing the oldest (tallest) stem every year, definitely a leather glove and long handled lopper job.  Right now the blue and great tits are enjoying the yellow petals (but never enough to ruin the floral display) and later on the blackbbirds will be bringing their young and teaching them how to select the best berries.


just to check - you are thinking of the Charity type one aren't you, and not the lower growing Oregon Grape.

Hogitat advice

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 12:45

I'm with Dove on this one - under the hedge and half buried in dead leaves, though the birds might come poking about for grubs too!  Well away from a bonfire area or anywhere that it will be disturbed for whatever reason.


I suppose the proof of they're  being around is the lack of slugs.....that said the birds are having a whale of the time with snails in my garden right now...

purple wheelbarrow - any good?

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 12:08

Not quite sure why this has only just surfaced in my inbox - but just to ley you know I did get a purple one from Wyevale - and at the moment OH is using it to move logs around for the woodburner.  I am left with the old very unbalanced one as I clear the pruning and dead stuff from the garden.


Such is life.


ps. you are absolutely correct about the pony club people - they all have pink barrows!  Thank goodness the ponies keep their natural colouring and have not all been turned into  my-little-pony lookalikes.

A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 12:38

Still no substitute for Lidl's almond and honey - cheapest around, vanishes into the skin and does the job even on my aging dry hands.  Mind you I do tend to wear gloves for gardening - waterproof ones - but doesn't stop your hands getting frozen at this time of year!

purple wheelbarrow - any good?

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 11:25

Thank you all for your help - I SHALL have one soon, of that I'm sure, even if I have to settle for boring green again.

purple wheelbarrow - any good?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 23:33

I just wondered if anyone had experience of using a polypropylene one. and knew how durable and stable they were...but thanks for all you suggestions - I'm sure I can find one somewhere.

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