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Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 12:26

All the usual suspects at our feeders (Newark); still very excited at the single woodpecker which visited last week and hoping for more.  "Our" thrush appears to be getting hyped up for spring and he regaled us with a couple of hours of beautiful song on Friday.  I've noticed a mini dawn chorus occurring and the sparrows are actually getting frisky.  Of course, the male pigeons are already chasing the female pigeons and there has been one (unintended) sighting of the act taking place.  Just love having the feeders in our line of sight, whether from the living room or the conservatory and den.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 12:21

Here in Newark, it was very foggy at 11:00  last night, but clear by 05:00 this morning.  However, there has been a very heavy frost which has finally, apart from in the shade of the house, disappeared in the glorious sunshine.  Am still not walking on lawns, etc. apart from once a week to empty my kitchen compost into the main bin (bottom of garden and no path over one lawn). Hoping to enjoy a nice walk this aft.

Whats going on with the weather?

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 15:11

MaisieM:  Whoops!  But then, what would I, a Sassenach, know about the spelling of the Gaelic!!  Maybe I'll take a couple of lessons on Saturday night when we attend a Burns Night in Newark...

And Hostafan, you would not be in the Gambia today, seeing as they brought everyone home yesterday.

Whats going on with the weather?

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 14:34

I hate the snow, so I'm glad we don't have that.  However, I'd prefer either crisp, sunny and cold OR downright wet, but not this awful heavy cloud and drizzly atmosphere that we've had over the past couple of days.  Yesterday, the first 'brown bin' of the year had to be put out, so I braved the conditions to cut back dead, soggy foliage on my persicaria, asters, etc. etc.  I managed to do what I wanted to in 25-30 minutes, but I was soaked and it wasn't really raining.  As Himself puts it, what can you expect when it is so "dreek" (good Scots term, that!).  Nonetheless, the birds have actually started to put together the odd song (as opposed to the winter chirrup) and there are buds appearing everywhere so there is hope yet!  We've even had, for the first time ever (well, in the 5 years we've been here), a Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeder - so exciting I nearly threw my coffee all over the carpet!!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 15:25

I do pull the leaves from under the shrubs as they can precipitate rot in the roots in really damp weather (particularly in our heavy clay), but I do let them lie in all the clear spaces and over the herbaceous you say, a terrific mulch.  There'll be plenty of that this year!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:13

Beautiful sunshine here in Newark, slightly breezy and cool in the breeze but perfect for the leaf-raking so made the most of this morning to get the exercise necessary to off-set the formal dinner tonight!!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:11

Just got in from more leaf-raking as it's a beautiful day here in Newark.  Has everyone else got the same problem - 5 times more leaves than certainly the last 5 year?.  My mesh leaf 'bin' is already full and we're only just half-way through November!!  Still, it's not a job that I mind - lots of exercise, good for the waistline and plenty of fresh air.

Bulbs being dug up by naughty animals

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:01

Squirrels had a go at my 2 big pots.  Himself has solved the problem by putting mesh across the top/

Too late to prune photinia?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:08

OK, thanks for that.  We'll follow your advice, Tetley, leave the "big chop" until around March-April. 

Too late to prune photinia?

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 16:14

I've been looking at old (some positively ancient) threads on this subject.  I know you can hard prune photinia - it would appear even if you can't see buds to prune back to - but is it too late to do it now.  I think I've said before that, when we moved in here 5 years ago, the previous owners kept the garden tidy but had no idea about pruning.  It's taken me this long to get good shapes on the buddleja, physocarpus, ribes, etc. etc. but because they've all been properly pruned, they've decided that life is good after all and have grown enormously.  The photinia is lovely, about 8 by 8 feet but really needs to come back to around 5-6 feet in each plane - especially as it's vying for space now with the weigela (also now looking great)...can I do it now?  All at once?  Or bit by bit over the winter?  It's a Red Robin.  Thanks so much.

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Too late to prune photinia?

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This crazy climate

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Raking leaves

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Why plant daffs in October?

They do just as well if you wait until March! 
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