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Britain's National Bird

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 19:23

That was a hard pick! I love robins, wrens, blue tits and blackbirds - all great little characters that grace my garden with tonnes of character but all of the birds on the list have their own notable qualities. I went for wren - a bit like Britain it may be small but it's vocal! 


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 17:20

Hi, hope everyone has enojyed Mother's Day. I had a lie in for the first time this year, although cut short by my mum turning up unexpectedly! Then shopping, lunch out with hubby and little un, a garden centre and home with 2 new mini polytunnels to look after my peas for a bit.

Yviestevie, I'm waiting for some Briza Media seeds to arrive, have been told they're easy to grow so hoping they'll do well.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:03

Lyn, I'm not sure what variety they are without checking but according to the packet they are fine to grow in a pot off 25cm deep plus which is what I've done, so hopefully they'll be ok! Just done a quick google and it looks like there are some varieties that this is fine for so fingers crossed.

Thanks GardenGirl, reckon I can handle that!

cat deterent

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 10:44

Thanks very much for the info Gemma! We've got outside taps front and back so that's not a problem. Any ideas what sort of angle they cover? And one more question, what is the smallest thing you've seen trigger them? I don't want to scare off the birds we've gradually attracted! I can well see me falling foul of them if we do try them (which I think we're going to have to before hubby goes on a rampage) 

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 10:30

I love this thread, and if I can figure out the easiest way to share my own pics I will do. DD I'll have to show my husband that picture, then he might stop moaning about the conservatory, and the kitchen windowsills!

I've got cosmos, peas, rocket and a single lonely marigold up at the moment, and carrots and sunflowers have gone in recently.

cat deterent

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 10:19

How easy are the scarecrows to set up to suit the area you need them to cover, and are there a lot of do's and don't on where to site them for them to be most effective? I am being driven crazy by the local felines, sick and tired of cleaning up after other people's pets, especially as I have a partially sighted 5 year old who likes to help with the garden, but daren't let her lose to help dig and weed in case she comes across a pile of cat do.

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 08:27

When we bought our house last summer we got no birds in the garden, possibly because the previous owners were welcoming what seems like all 9 or 10 cats that live in the close round for food and treats. Cats are now less welcome, and we have a mature cherry tree in the middle of the lawn which has been perfect for hanging feeders. We now get robins, wrens, dunnocks, blue and great tits, a black cap, green and goldfinches, starlings, feral and wood pigeons, the odd crow and jackdaw, chaffinches, blackbirds, magpies. Oh and once in a while gulls! Although we're on an estate we're not far from farmland and open countryside, and lots of lovely hedgerow so I'm assuming that helps.

I think you need to offer different foods, make sure they are regularly available, and provide water. I've all but given up on nyger seed too, none of them seem to touch it. I think between the back and front garden we have seven feeders and I also sometimes sprinkle suet pellets on a patch of lawn away from any cat cover.

We're in the process of sorting the garden and I'm trying to include plants and shrubs that they'll like so hopefully they'll stick around. Just interested to see now if the nestbox we put up gets any attention!


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 19:22

I can't moan too much Verdun, we usually get warmer weather than most other places! We have a real microclimate where I am, tends to be better still than a lot of places nearby.


Hostafan, sounds like a lovely day's buying!


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 17:42

Evening! Hope everyone has had a good Friday. It's been miserable here in the south west, chucking it down with rain most of the day and really cold with it. Won't be painting the fence this weekend by the look of it!

I'm feeling rather pleased, although I haven't done any gardening today I popped out this afternoon and got some Astrantia Majors - superstar and star of billion. I can't wait to get my plants in.

Liriodendron - yes I certainly am a seasider. My garden isn't quite as exposed as some of my friends and family's but salt tolerance is definitely an issue round here. I'm not sure how much help I am on plant selection but have a friend who's a gardener by profession who is finding out via trial and error what works in her partner's garden which is very exposed to the sea!

A question, might post a thread but in case anyone on here knows - can anyone tell me about paper mulberry trees? Saw one at the nursery and the guy said he'd never had anyone ask about it so looked it up and the images show a tree with really interesting fruit and leaves. It sounds like it might suit my front garden but can't find much online about how it grows over here, and it sounds like it's considered invasive and a bit of a problem weed. Anyone got any experience with them? Thanks!

Small tree/shrub ideas

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 18:47

After lots of umming and ahhing the willows are out, but I've now decided I don't want to replace the one in front of the window. I do have another spot in the front in mind though and have bought a small cornus mas which I think will be beautiful. The crab apple was a very close second!

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