Lisa Appleby

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Posted: 25/09/2012 at 16:07
Weather is just horrible today and my birds have returned still only few but its great to see them. How they manage to fly in storm force winds amazes me. Must now start to prepare fat balls and get them all fed up before the winter sets in.

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Posted: 18/08/2012 at 20:13

I am experiecing the same with my plum tree I noticed today its being over run with green fly and I am the same its 3 years old, when I looked into pruning you are supposed to do it in June but the weather up here was so bad in June I left it I am tempted to take just a little off whilst we have this dry weather and see what happens.  The way this year is going I think you just have to take the chance when the weather is good.


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Posted: 18/08/2012 at 20:10

Hi can anyone help or have you experienced the same I have 3 christmas trees in my garden and to me they look like they are dieing all the needles have fallen off, daylight is now very visable and so are all the birds nest.  At the top there are a couple of branches that have a cluster of needles at the end.  will the growth of the tree rejuvenate next year, or should I just cut them down and replace with wild life friendly hedging.  I hate to cut anything down specially trees but they are hardly any use to the birds with no cover.


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Posted: 28/07/2012 at 16:49

Glenlivet is hot and sunny one minute then come the down pours you cant beat a british summer. Olympic opening very british doubt any other country would have got it but wasnt it great.

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 20:24

Thought about heading to gairloch for the weekend but the weather on west does not look favourable so stay at home hope for good weather and enjoy the garden. What are you upto chellie



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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 20:09

Hi Shrinking Violet yes you are dead right I live literally a hop skip and a jump away Not a big fan of the stuff myself but plenty of visitors around at the moment nipping in for their tour and a free dram at the end. We was only 5 degrees less than you today and the suns still shinning rain due in over night we will see what tomorrow brings.

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Posted: 26/07/2012 at 18:04

After the previous 2 bad winters I had none in the garden but like everyone else this year its everywhere I have come to the conclusion it likes the same weather as the midges because they are rife this year as well.

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Posted: 26/07/2012 at 17:57

Blueberry Ice Cream yes please!!!!  Had a great few days uphere in Glenlivet Scotland glad its not been as hot as you guys have had its been just right up here shames it all changes at the weekend but just how typical is that!  Enjoy the weather whilst it last.



Posted: 26/07/2012 at 17:48

Last year for us was the blackbird year we had 3 pairs nesting in our trees and they all produced 2 sets of babies they were just a dream to watch. I came home from work one warm evening (about the only 1 warm evening we had last year!) to find several black birds laying with there wings spread across the grass.  At first it was fear that my cat had hurt them only to look at the red and black currant bushes swaying from side to side and several other baby black birds stuffing there faces.  So I made the presumption that the one's that were laying on the grass had basically had way to many berries and had terrible tummy ache, because after 5 minutes they were all back at my bushes getting more. I managed to get 1 bowl of berries to myself last year all others went to the blackbirds.  This year again we have an array of birds in the garden and the sparrows had done exceptionally well.  If only I could win the lottery so I could spend my days in the garden Heres hoping one day!


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 22:12

Last year my parents brought me a pack of wild flower seeds.  My time was limited to the garden last year as we was doing lots of renovation in the house.  I had a large rectangle wooden flower box out the front of the house so I literally opened the pack tipped the seeds into my hands and scattered them.  What a display I had and this year they have reseeded themselves back in the pot and around the front garden but it looks great and will be even better in another few weeks when the others grow.

I want to great a small wild garden/meadow out the back so this year from Emorsgate Seeds I have chosen wild flower seeds for more specific areas I am to grow these in the green house over the winter ready to plant in my prepared grass next spring (Preparation to grass to be down in the autumn) Emorsgate seeds are more expensive than ones just off the self  but they all come from the uk, website is very helpful highly recommend.



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