Latest posts by higgy50

Cost of bird food

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:15

Only this morning I had a hungry flock of Goldfinch feasting on Verbena Bonineriasis seed heads in my large perennial border, which is a great spectacle to watch!

Even though there are feeders hanging up full of seed that they use every day, when the time is right they will strip out every possible seed from these plants completely ignoring the feeders! As the winter goes on they gradually work their way around all the plants but only when they are ready to eat!

This clearly demonstrates the benefit of leaving the seed heads on your perennial plants over the winter. What's even better all these plants are in full flower all summers benefiting all manner of pollinators so you win twice in my book!

I have also been buying seed in bulk for some time which makes perfect sense. For mealworms I have found some great bargains on ebay in the past but they go fast so you need to keep checking!

To make my expensive sunflower hearts go further I mix them about 60-40/70-30 with black sunflower seeds that are much cheaper to buy. I don't find this makes any difference to the birds but does offset the cost of the expensive hearts somewhat.




Camera Corner

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 00:40

Sorry KEF, and I thought you were 21 !!.....

Don't worry David I certainly know when someone is being 'tongue and cheek' I just hope people get my humour also!! LOL

I'm going to my parents for Sunday lunch tomorrow and intend on going through their photograph stash to see what I can find!!....

Interestingly I do have copies of love-letters that my Nan & Grandad sent when they were courting back in the day before modern communication!

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:48

Some great 'old' pictures there KEF which I can't compete with as before my time I'm afraid!!

'Big Guns' Well done David I can honestly say with that amazing picture consider me 'shot down!' LOL


Camera Corner

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:18

Oh dear, now your testing me with these wonderful holiday pictures!

Some wonderful landscapes L-Ann and a family snap that could do with a date on it I reckon David??

So here's my initial contribution from not very many holiday snaps. We haven't even had a holiday for the last couple of years!!....

All taken in Cornwall...



 Sorry but can't give exact locations as can't remember...



Camera Corner

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 00:24

Holiday snaps!? I'd better get some more butterflies in quick then!

Another cracker by the way David!


Marbled White...


Small Copper...


Green Veined White with Hoverfly...



Sowing flowers from seed

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 00:10

Tracey, just sow into seed trays and leave in a cold frame our corner of the garden and they will pop up towards next Spring for pricking out and planting on early summer (hopefully)

You can sow direct into the border but the problem you may have is that they will be competing with weed seedlings and it may be difficult to distinguish what's what. The tray gives you more 'control' in my humble opinion but others may say differently.

Most important thing is to enjoy and look forward to when you plant them out!



Sowing flowers from seed

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 21:00

Oh I forgot Astrantia and it's one of my favorites!! Thanks nutcutlet.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 17:58

Great hearing everyone's comments I'm enjoying this thread and of course the wonderful pictures!

Beautiful Red Admiral David!!

I'm looking forward to the 'homework' Little-Anne and intrigued to see what it is?

The kestrel was a fluke as I spotted her sat on a telegraph pole so I stopped the car wound back the sunroof a slowly crept forward until I was right underneath her and then fired off a few quick snaps before she worked out what was going on!

No doubt that's why she has a confused look!! LOL

What 2 plants would you put together in the herbaceous/perennial border?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 17:46

four B's and a P for me Verdun...

Big, Bold, Blousey, and Bright and of course Full of Pollen!!

Oh I can't wait for the summer!!....



What a weird mild Winter

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 17:41

Time for some winter sowing I think as all the seeds I sowed in November are well on their way!

I worry what a frost will do to these young plants though as they are too advanced for the time of year really.

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