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13 Jan 2018 14:17
Done Pansy and have passed link on
01 Jan 2018 14:41
It finally stopped raining here so popped outside and this is what I found
Cyclamen hederifolium (just hanging on)
Cyclamen (bedding type in patio container)
Winter Heathers purple and pink
Various Primroses and Polyanthus
Vinca Major (Periwinkle)
Campanula poscharskyana (rockery type growing in wall)
Ivy leaved toadflax
Sweet Rocket (white)
In pots - pansies and viola, polyanthus and primroses, wallflowers,Dianthus, nemesia, brachyscome (swan river daisy)
Skimmia rubella (in bud)
Hazel Catkins (not fully open yet)
Daffodils (in bud)
Hellebores (various in bud)
Wood spurge (in bud)
26 Sep 2017 09:41
Thanks everyone. I had wondered about it being a woodpigeon but Bob has ruled that out. I didn't think it was a blackbird nest as it seemed much more substantial than the ones I've seen. It is very regular almost as if it's been thrown on a wheel. So perhaps it is a song thrush or a mistle thrush nest as Fritillary suggests.
26 Sep 2017 09:35
Thanks Joyce. I haven't got any astrantia, so I'll have to look out for some as that one is a lovely colour.
26 Sep 2017 09:07
Lovely colours in both posies.
Joyce, I was wondering what the plum coloured flowers towards the back were? I guess the pink ones that look a bit like gladioli are Kaffir Liles?
25 Sep 2017 19:22
I found this empty nest in a conifer today. It was made mainly of mud. It was oval in shape approx 8 inches x 4 inches. Does anybody know which bird might have made it? The green things in the middle look like ivy seedlings, possibly the result of ivy berries being part of the bird's diet
Last edited: 25 September 2017 19:22:53
25 Sep 2017 09:18
I thought No 7 was Lysimachia punctata too
Although the leaves look a bit yellow, I am wondering if No 5 could be Forsythia?
24 Sep 2017 23:29
Photo 7 could be Achillea ptarmica "The Pearl" or something similar
18 Sep 2017 10:24
Thanks Mark56 and Papi Jo for info about moulting. This seems to be the case as we have seen some "scruffy" blackbirds in the last couple of weeks
17 Sep 2017 18:13
We have blackbirds all year here though they are not so evident in the summer. They've just started to eat the cotoneaster berries so it looks as though autumn is well on its way.
30 Jul 2017 11:41
The second picture seems to show what looks like flower buds. I was wondering if they could be a pot chrysanthemum of some sort?
08 Jun 2017 13:22
Another lovely photo Fairygirl. Obviously mine is just a "baby" and I hope it will come back bigger and better next year. I hope too that kathie will be able to get to see hers more clearly then.
kathie sorry to hear about the battered veg and flowers and hope they will recover and you'll be able to harvest some more. I like broad beans but I know a lot of people who don't. Wind has dropped here and it's just stopped raining. I'll have to go out and tie up some things that have blown down. I never seem to get plants staked in time
07 Jun 2017 11:52
The flowers you have growing by your wildlife pond look a bit like the one I found though it's difficult to say as the photo isn't very clear- understandable if the area isn't very accessible. Hopefully they will multiply for you and you''ll be able to get a better photo which others who are more knowledgeable than me will be able to identify for you.
06 Jun 2017 11:08
Thanks for the lovely photo. It must be great to see the orchids en masse growing on the hills and glens. I will leave the flower spike that has appeared and hope it seeds so that I get a little "sea" of my own
05 Jun 2017 17:02
Thanks Tom for confirming my identifcation and Dove for the advice. I haven't used any fertiliser or weedkiller and will leave the area uncut and hope it will seed.
05 Jun 2017 11:30
When I went to cut a piece of grass at the back of the house yesterday, I came across this lovely flower. I think it is a common spotted orchid. I don't know where it came from as I have lived here for many years and haven't seen one before. I hope more will "appear".
24 May 2017 13:05
Here's my offering, the last of the tulips a multiheaded one which changes from yellow to pink as it ages, then aquilegia, thalictrum, wallflowers and rosebuds
12 May 2017 12:03
The plant in the latest picture looks familiar to me too. First I thought it it was some sort of dianthus and then I wondered if it was corncockle. I think it is often included in packets of wild flower seeds.
05 May 2017 22:31
I can see a blue flower bud, so looking at the leaves I think they're probably Cornflowers
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29 Apr 2017 13:31
Hi - does it flower and how tall does it get.?
I ask this as it looks like one of the hypericums which has yellow flowers. There's one that's sold as ground cover and it certainly does that