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Posted: 17/11/2012 at 11:21

I'm in the suburbs of London with the Sparrows nesting on a neighbours house and using our garden to collect nesting material and to feed their young. They have been breeding very successfully here for a few years and a welcome return after years of not seeing many in the garden.


Posted: 16/11/2012 at 11:50

BobTheGardener, you have described exactly what goes on in my garden, a very healthy sparrow population and yes, its fantastic seeing the other species taking full advantage of the feeders. Something I've learned over the years is when they are frantically feeding, as is happening today, it usually means we are in for some nasty weather conditions.

Bird Boxes

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 11:41

We have a box that has been hidden in shrubbery for years, its impossible to get to it but it hasn't stopped the Bluetits from nesting.  Birds will clean out a box themselves so I wouldn't worry about it. Better to provide the boxes than not.


Posted: 15/11/2012 at 10:01

We have plenty of Magpies, Wood Pigeons and Crows in our garden in London. We also have lots of Sparrows, Goldfinches and other smaller birds. No problem therefore in attracting other species because of the larger birds. Perhaps there is another reason why you are not getting the smaller birds into your garden.

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:57

I had forgotten about zebrina and had to google to remind myself what it looked like. It was a very popular house plant in the seventies and I used to have a couple of them. Also known as Wandering jew, its a thought but might remind me too much of the seventies. I wonder if a Viola would work as a short term flowering plant for indoors!!


Gardening For Wildlife

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:46

The plant list can be endless but this link might be helpful.  Just to add that butterflies and bees have a preference for blue coloured flowers.

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 09:09

Hmm, their customer service address is a PO Box number which I think is a bit strange. The spelling mistakes on their website might mean they are trading from abroad, Holland perhaps.

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 08:53

I never thought of having an Orchid, they seem widely available so will have a look. I always wanted a Bourganvillea but they are climbers so not sure it would be suitable for my bathroom windowsill, unless I kept it pruned!!


Posted: 12/11/2012 at 14:14

I am going to be so bold to suggest that it is down to us gardeners that the Goldfinch is doing so well. It was in decline and now seems to be thriving again thanks to the niger and sunflower heart seeds we provide for them in our gardens. A quote from British Garden Birds website  "More  interestingly, this finch is increasingly using garden bird feeders, this may be  because natural resources are in steady decline or more gardens are offering  niger seed and sunflower hearts, which are both high energy foods that  Goldfinches seem to prefer."

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 13:39

Any suggestions for a flowering plant for a south facing bathroom window? I keep getting it wrong, for instance I bought a Christmas cactus and a Cyclamen but they are more suited to my North facing front porch windows where they are thriving.  I have a huge bathroom windowsill crying out for the right plant, would appreciate some advice on what would work in this aspect.

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