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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

Talkback: How to make a strawberry bed

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 19:24

Decent sized hanging baskets and window boxes or wall troughs are a good way to grow strawberries.  I believe they used to be grown commercially in long lengths of guttering so it is a similar principle.

The possible downside is that you would need a  good soil based medium for them to do their best for more than one season.  This does add a weight "problem".  Keeping them off the ground does help with snail predation altho doesn't eradicate entirely as they ( the baddies ) can climb and hide behind your planters. 

Worth a go I would think if you are stuck for a traditional strawberry bed.

Best of luck

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:52

Have PM'd you GG

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:47

I should have used this thread to make my previous post about tree damage rather than the Worries thread.  I was too cross and upset to search for this one at the time.....sorry

My neighbour has had Tree person round and he feels the tree should come down.  Unfortunately as he is not qualified enough to satisfy the Council, another person with the appropriate letters after name needs to look and certify the tree as dangerous before permission is given.  Hope the 2nd opinion is favourable.

Re monetary compensation for damage would seem that we may come to an amicable arrangement.

So a good start to 2015 for me I think ( tho I shouldn't count my chickens etc. ).......thanks again to all who responded and offered advice and support

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:20

GG.........does seem a bit sinister doesn't it ?  Should be good for a new Conspiracy theory   Maybe even our birds are getting fed up with statistics these days .....they will be carrying tiny banners next......."Don't Count, Just Feed ".

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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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

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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