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Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 22:03

It's been lovely here - bright sunshine but with a stiff, cool breeze, which helped to get the washing dry and also to dry out the ground (a bit!).  Supposed to be like this all weekend - hooray, some real sun at last.

The weeds have threatened to take over the garden - they have grown unbelievably large.  At least I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 17:30

Hello Janet - yes, 'twas me that hopes to move Tiverton way.  Mind you, the housing market is just so dead atm I could still be here this time next year!

Being close to the coast, we, too get gulls - and I'm always surprised at just how big they are close up.  So I guess I'll feel right at home, what the the rooks and all.  But ducks - well, haven't had too many of those in the garden.  We do get a heron from time to time (at one time s/he nicked half of the fish from the pond).  Rooks eating leather jackets - useful (tho' I thought that was usually starlings.  Oh, well, Lunarz must have a superb lawn clear of leatherjackets ).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:27

sotongeoff:

very-green-with-envy-smiley-through-gritted-teeth  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 11:21

The sun shone yesterday
I hoped for more today
But it's raining. 


 

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:22

Lunarz - I, too, try to encourage wildlife into the garden: bug boxes for the winter, nesting boxes (sadly unused this year) for the small birds, ivy retained for insects and small birds (wrens especially like the habitat) and careful selection of plants to provide as much nectar/pollen as possible (single-flowered rather than double-flowered for example). 

The corvids are very useful - they clear the roads of the inevitable roadkill, and in sensible numbers are simply part of the balanced ecology.  Likewise raptors that prey on small mammals -  even the sparrow-hawk which, I am assured by the RSPB, is a good indicator of plentiful small birds.  Inicidentally, I haven't seen one of those for some time - so fewer small birds have had an effect there, too.

I don't get great numbers of starlings, though I know they can be bullies at the bird table.  Just a case of balance really.

btw I have had few rather cross rooks today 'cos they are finding it more difficult to get at the bird feeders.  round 1 to me and the little birds

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 21:18

Well - it doesn't say much for the quality of the compost, does it?  Pic 2 is a nettle, for sure.  I think you must have the record for nurturing one of those!  Pic 1 could be another weed, but the reddish tinge to the leaves could (just could) be Amaranthus (Love Lies Bleeding).  As an experiment, you could keep it in a pot - probably potting it on rather than keeping it in a 3" pot - and see what happens.  I certainly wouldn't plant it out - who knows what you might be introducing to the garden.

As for pic 3 - it looks the most promising, and probably is a chincherinchee, though I've never grown them, so would bow to anyone else's experience.  But it looks like the first leaves from a bulb, so I would be quite hopeful.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 21:06

David - here March came in like a lamb - and went out like one, too!  No idea what that means in weather lore (unless it's "and will be followed by lots of rain, wind, hail and thunder yet there still be a drought" )

Lorea:  thank goodness you translated:  suppose it's a bit like "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out" - though this can mean either the month or the flower.

And figrat - I can't see the ash or the oak through the veils of rain.  Wonder what that means?  There is another rhyme which seems to contradict yours:  "If the ash before the oak, We shall have a summer of dust and smoke".   Hmmm. 

Fascinating stuff. 

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 16:25

Fair point Joe - but my description was quite mild in comparison with what some of the villagers say in somewhat more earthy language!

Those most affected by the rookery have tried to have a measure of control - and have failed because of the loud voices of those unaffected.  It is very easy to have a "nature must take its course" opinion when one's life is not personally compromised - but I am irritated by the rooks;  there are many whose life has been made a misery by the rookery, the noise and the mess.  They dread nesting time each spring. 

I do understand both sides of the argument, but there are many to whom I agree I referred somewhat disparagingly, who fail to see any point other than their own.  That was the point I made.  Clumsily.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:21

As we are variously suffering random weather events at the moment, I thought it might be interesting to look at country sayings month by month regarding the weather.  In addition, there are other supposed "indicators" of good or bad weather. 

Hope it will be of interest - especially if we have regional variations!

So: to start it off, for May:

"A wet May brings a good load of hay" ie plenty of sunshine in June.  (Good - that means we should have something resembling a summer, then )

And:

"A cold May and a windy,
Makes a fat barn and a findy*"

*findy = good weight

Let's hope we don't have too much hot weather (doesnt seem likely, does it?) because:  "A hot May makes a fat churchyard"

Must be lots of other folklore out there .   .   .  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:15

It poured with rain first thing
Which made the thrushes sing
"Wet. Wet. Wet."
Sun is now shining
Soon be gardening
Never fret!

(best I can do with today's weather!  Weeds grow no matter what.  <sigh>)

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