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Posted: 22/10/2013 at 14:13

Hi lucky10carol


Please, please don't have your box south facing, where it will get the sun.  I stupidly positioned one on the front of my garage last year, 'coz it looked nice at the front of the garage', and I thought I could watch the parent birds come and go.  I was absolutely devastated to find that a whole family of baby coaltits had suffocated in the blistering sun.  I've now moved the box to the back of the garage, where it is not in the sun, but is out of chillling winds, and has the protection of a laurel hedge nearby.  Not sure if anything nested in it this year, as I'm yet to look at the box, and clean it out ready for next year.


Good luck with getting nesting birds

Bird Identification

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 14:08

cracking photos Mrs G  !


I've got a sparrowhawk which visits my garden, though haven't seen him / her for a while now, though often go home to find 'road kill' in my garden, usually just a pile of feathers  

Conference pears

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 14:00

 "It seems that pears don't in fact ripen on the tree!"

How interesting hypercharleyfarley!!

I never knew that.  I've been trying to squeeze the pears on my tree for weeks and weeks now, waiting for them to soften up so I can pick and scoff them, so this explains why they're all still hard as rocks !!!

I'll see if I can gently twist some off, as have had my eye on about half a dozen nice blushed ones, not sure of the variety, I thought Williams, but not sure.  Then I will put to the side with a banana for company and then scoff.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 14:27

wall to wall blue sky and sun in Moray, Scotland  my sister in Hampshire has rain bucketing down, apparently ha ha ha ha ha !

potted acer

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:18

Hi Our Gertie

Is it in the sun / wind ?  might be sun / wind burn ?  I lost a lot of leaves from an acer years ago from the wind burn  then it died in a very harsh winter (NE Scotland)


Have a new acer now, just a tiddly one at 2 foot tall, but it is coming along nicely - it's in a very sheltered spot standing in front of a large laurel hedge


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 14:35

I live in NE Scotland, so only have the red squirrels thank goodness.  I'm surrounded by woodland, and I absolutely love the squirrels, and built a special feeder box for them - though the devils don't use it, they use the peanut feeder instead, and the birds use the squirrel feeder box - doh !

I've also named my regular 2 visitors Seb and Stevie - sorry

Stevie is the baby, with a fuzzy blond tail


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:00

solomons seal


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 11:59

solomons seal

whats this bush?

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:12

Yes, I agree it's laurel.  I have a great big bush of it as you drive up to my cottage.  It's massive in height and width and I wouldn't be without it at all.  It provides much needed shelter for an acer I planted, and will also provide shelter from the freezing cold winters I get (NE Scotland).  I lost a glorious acer a couple of years ago because I left it exposed to the elements where I used to live, so am having another go at growing one in front of this massive Laurel I have.  I have only had to lop the laurel back a couple of times over the last 18 months or so, I don't find it too imposing, just cut back the odd new shoots that grow.  They are very fleshy and so easy to cut through with secateurs.  In spring, the laurel also produces lovely bunches of white sweet smelling flowers that are quite heady in scent some days, and at the moment it has plump green berry type things on.  If you decide to get rid of your Laurel, I hope you don't live to regret it after

Eating my Poppys Grrrrr !

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:54

Hi Sair118

Might it be ants ?  I had 3 or 4 of my beautiful St George tulips chopped off at the top this year, I wondered what it was as the first 3 were just lopped off with what looked like scissors, but a couple of days later, I watched in anger as a big black ant was climbing round and round the stalk decapitating another tulip flower, so sorry to say peeps, but I pulled the flower off and squished him dead


Just a thought that it might be ants ???


Last year the only plants in my garden to be destroyed were my new Barlow Black Aqualegias - I too thought it was mice at the time, but now wonder if it was ants

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