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small bird watch

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 17:39

Your description of a Japanese painting rings true with what I saw today, beautiful distinct markings. Thanks to both for helping me ID it, I've seen my first Jay.


small bird watch

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 17:17

I've been having a look around trying to ID it but only saw it for a few seconds each time. It definately had bright blue bars in it's wings  and a similar body colouring of a Jay. It was a beautiful looking bird. Funny until now I had always thought that Jay's were small birds

Design of my wood greenhouse

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 16:52

Very impressive

small bird watch

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 16:32

I've been doing a bit of practising today as well, they really do move quick. All the usuals have been in the garden all day and then I managed to get a few glances at this bird that I have never seen before. Large, slim with black marks/rings  around eyes, creamy/fawn coloured body and beautiful blue panels in it's wings. There's a wood of pine trees across the way from me, looked as if it came from over there.

Anyway made my day seeing something that I had never seen before


small bird watch

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 22:39

I've definately noticed an increase in bird numbers now that the snow has arrived Thanks for the links garden girl, I've signed up. I've been using binoculars from inside as well, mine aren't the best but definately give a good view of all the bird activity that's going on

Seeds are up

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 22:15

nutcutlet, the angelica and the corydalis look like lovely plants. Do you think that most biennuals seed benefit from a chill? Been reading stuff on line and got me thinking

Seeds are up

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 21:29

Are your pots in a green house nutcutlet or are they outside?

Overall my seeds are doing well, particularly wall flowers, forget me nots and Calendulas. There's been some casulties, the small seeds/seedlings - Aubrettia and the white snapdragons, lost some to damping off but not all

Seed swap

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 19:14

HI Bev, no worries

Talkback: Making a stumpery

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 19:24

I've used a lot of stumps and offcuts of wood in my garden. A couple of years ago there was a felling of a large area of pine trees, I did collect them when they were fresh and 2 years on they are still acting as a feeding station for birds, stepping stones onto the beds and  are now being colonised by moss. I have a much older stump that some sortof heather is growing on




down at thefrozen pond

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 16:55

flowering rose- there may be toads in my pond so will make sure that I check it and break the surface. So far I've broken it gently with a stick but I have read that any violent breakage sends shock waves out and can harm anything living in it.

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 11:45

What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 22:28


Any one grown it? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 23:44

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:06

Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 21:48

Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 19:52

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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Last Post: 17/08/2014 at 20:27


How long to leave bag over them? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:19

Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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