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Feeding birds

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:36

Bread also tends to expand once eaten even when you think you have soaked it.  It is not the best food for birds altho many people still continue to throw out bread " for the birds".  Best avoided IMO.

I also notice huge chunks of bread littering my garden when neighbouring birds bite off more than they can chew and lose their meal .....good news that they didn't manage to actually eat it but clearing it up  fills my rubbish bin  

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:23

Have one in full flower but nothing really exciting.....just an average pink.

All the others have strong buds showing but no flowers yet.

What is catching your eye?

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:15

Me too for that yellow lathyrus.  Is it too much to hope that it is scented as well ?  Or one of the perennials ?  Beautiful clear colour.

I was tempted last year by the so called hardy "Gardenia"......sorry, can't recall the proper name but haven't noticed it in the catalogues this year.  Has anyone actually grown this one and was it as fantastic as the description implied ?

Catalogues are coming through the door almost every day.  Overkill I think as most are simply repeating previous ones.  The pictures seem to get ever more enticing tho and the depth of colour is truly amazing (and unbelievable ).  I think there is more technology going into the production of the catalogues these days than is going into the plants


Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:28

I first bought a Wormery some 20 years ago.  It worked very well but I think it was pretty expensive even then.

As Gemma says, look at Edd's thread......all the advice, help and info for starting your own........a much better bet I think

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:20


Chaffinch, Green finch and Gold finch

Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tits



Collared Dove

Wood Pigeon

Black cap ( only the female so far )



House sparrow


NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:05

Bit late putting this on  (and probably not worth the effort ) but I had............

A whole Hellebore  ( sorry Lilly )

Winter Honeysuckle

Calendula and Nicotiana  ( both a bit sad and battered but still flowering)




Primrose and Primula


Perennial Wallflower



Cestrum parquii


A bit of a miserable list

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:53

Birds legs...........yes, I'm sure you are right Peat B.  Also perhaps a bit of added protection comes from the fluffing out of feathers which, as birds "sit down" when roosting, feathers also cover the legs and help with the whole insulation bit.

What is catching your eye?

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:42

Ooooh Edd...............tread carefully here............please tell us that you DON'T buy Mrs. Edd a bottle of washing up liquid instead of the real thing  For one thing, she would never be able to stand out in the rain without "frothing".

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:26

I've noticed this past week how many more of the small birds are returning to the garden......they obviously know which side their seeds are buttered on

One small tragedy tho.  When the large tree branches came down in the winds, I found a dead Goldfinch buried under all the branches.  Must have been roosting in the tree and come down with it.  

What is catching your eye?

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:18

Pansyface...........come on, admit it.........your heart wasn't really in buying primulas was it ?  That "oh so casual mention " of finding yourself with a Lime tree instead ?  Doesn't wash you know

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Timber Compost Bins

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Kindle e readers

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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

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