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Only the second week of January and I have already heard Great Tits, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Goldfinches and Greenfinches singing their territorial/mating calls.
Hollies make lovely hedges, but do please bear in mind that they also drop leaves regularly throughout the year which (depending on variety) are very prickly. Not nice when hand weeding the veg plot. Prickle free hollies are available.
All the best.
Lonicera nitida 'Baggesons gold' gives a good dense hedge but to keep it looking neat and tidy it will need lots of regular clipping.
I haven't tried myself but I have heard of several people experimenting with yew hedges kept to about 12 inches high.
Can you rotate your plants around your home?. Shade tolerant plants like aspidistras, marantas, snake plant and many ferns will tolerate very little light for a while. Then when they look like they are suffering, move them into a better lit room to recuperate.
Long tailed tits are renowned early breeders, but even so I wouldn't expect to see them building until late Feb.
Yuletide greetings to you all and good growing in the new year.
Looking out the window I just saw a flashing red light pass by.
Either Rudolf's nose is on the blink
or the helicopters are still flying out of Norwich airport.
The song of the Dunnock is among my favourites, the first bit of sunny weather in the spring and the air is filled with this lovely cheerful song.
I have never watched star wars, I wouldn't recognise a song by U2 (although I know what Bono looks like) and I don't own a mobile phone. I have a nagging feeling that I may be missing out, but then again.........
Why is it that so many peat free composts only tell us what they DON'T contain.