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Save our bees

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:41
Hi Irene Mac,
Have just had another email from Azaac. Tomorrow is the deadline for
signing the petition (14/03/13). The pressure is still on the EU Commission
as Bayer are fighting back hard. I hope many more people will sign the
petition - I've just emailed ten of my friends to ask them to sign it. Let's
hope the EU Commission win this one - otherwise heaven only knows
what will happen to the bees!

Wildflowers

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 20:09
Many thanks again Nutcutlet! I will try the griit and put my cow parsley out in
the cold/ I always think it looks so pretty in the country lanes, but maybe I
had better watch it doesn't go rampant!!! Luckily I only sowed about a quarter
of the packet!

Wildflowers

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 10:23
Hi Nutcutlet,
I put my trays of oxeye daisy seeds and cowslips outside as soon as I sowed
them (with propogating lids on them so the birds wouldn't take the seeds.) I've
just had a look, but after twelve days nothing is happening. The potting soil
is quite damp, but I'm a bit worried about over watering. How often do you think
they will need watering? I'm using a small watering can with a very fine rose so
as not to swamp them! I have the cow parsley seeds, the foxgloves and the
field scabious all in separate seed trays on bedroom window ledges. Nothing
happening with these either yet! Guess I just have to be patient! Thanks very
much for your advice - will let you know when anything happens!

small bird watch

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 09:10
Thanks for that JTG! Maybe he'll come back next winter then.
A few years ago I had a thrush which used to come and tap on my
window to be fed once the cold weather arrived and stayed in the same.
vicinity until it warmed up again. It sounds as if maybe that's what happened
to my lovely little blackcap.......I really miss him!!

small bird watch

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 15:22
Hi - Just wondering if anyone else's Blaccaps have gone missing? As the
one in my garden has lived in the same bush for about four months, I am
really worried as I haven't seen him for two days. Hopefully, he has found a
mate and has gone to live with her!! Would be grateful to hear from anyone
whose had a similar experience, to set my mind at rest!

small bird watch

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 13:35
What a beautiful photo Caz. My robin isn't as tame as yours,, but he will let
me put food out for him without taking off. They certainly brighten our days
with their presence don't they!

small bird watch

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 19:16
Hi Bookertoo - our robin nests in the ivy on the back of our garage. He
brought his mate along today (she usually disappears in the winter, but the
male stays in the garden all year round). Looking forward to having baby robins
again this year hopefully!

Wildflowers

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 21:59
I haven't yet sown my wildflower seed "mixes" as I wasn't sure whether they
would do too well in the seed trays. The ones I've sown in trays are individual
packets of foxgloves, cow parsley, field scabious, oxeye daisies and cowslips.
I'm still raking over the cultivated area for the mixed seeds and will probably sow
them straight into the ground in March. I have no idea whether it will work---just
hoping!! The ground is weed free now and is also unfurtilized, but I want to rake
it until it's a bit finer. The seed mixes have some of the above in them but also
poppies, ladies bedstraw, red campion, cornflowers etc. Is clover a good idea?
Would appreciate some more advice nutcutlet...you sound as if you really know
a thing or two about wildflowers! Many thanks!

small bird watch

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 21:41
Sorry! I only just noticed that some of you have also had Blackcaps in your
gardens this winter. I had never seen one before, so it was extra special for me
to see this one. The only problem is I also have a resident robin who has been
here all winter too and he is very aggressive towards the Blackcap - I think he
thinks he's stolen his patch!!! The male blackbird (a particular favourite ,who
has brought his mate to nest in my garden two years running) is very tolerant
towards the Blackcap and even allows him to eat from the same halved apple!
I have to admit that I spend quite a lot of time watching the birds in my garden
(mostly when I'm doing my ironing....it's a wonder it doesn't all end up singed!

small bird watch

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 20:48
I've been thrilled to have a little Blackcap staying in my garden all winter.
Poor little thing looks very lonely, but he enjoys the apples and grated cheese
I put out for him twice a day! I think he should have flown to warmer shores in
the Autumn and it's been so very cold here I'm surprised he's survived. I just hope
that in a week or two a little female will come to keep him company! Has anyone
else had the pleasure of seeing one in their garden this winter?

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