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nesting blackbird

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 20:23
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Was doing the edge this afternoon and there he was again.  Watched as he pecked at the ground for a while then I'm sure, wifey was calling him.  Would that be right?  He flew into next door but one's garden and disappeared.  So am now assuming the nest is there.



Yep that's right. The female blackbird will do a chuck-chuck-chuck sound that is calling for her mate. They are territorial birds, the male marking his domain that can cover several urban gardens.  

Last year I saw a Magpie with his head right inside a blackbird nest in a neighbourly garden and the female was squawking in defence of her eggs/chicks whilst the male could do no more than trot up and down on the lawn trying desperately to mark his territory. It was sad but nature's way I suppose.


nesting blackbird

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:07

My Blackbirds are nesting for second year at my garden. I can see the nest inside the ivy but its well situated. Mr Blackbird is omnipresent with mouthfuls of grubs, Mrs Blackbird makes random appearances to stretch her legs.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:04

Kent was a beautiful gorgeous spring day, warm winds and hot sun all afternoon. Got stonking loads done since I'm work next five days  and took delivery of breeze-blocks, bark chippings and gravel for retaining wall and mulching.

Blackbirds nesting same as last year, robins underneath them, blue-tits somewhere tho I haven't yet discovered where, loads of bees buzzing around and a tom cat who looks at me as though I'm on his turf !

All I need now is a hedgehog or some toads and I'd be all set for a slug free summer  

P.S and the best news of all, I just got an allotment that I'm going to be sharing with me dad. I'm so happy.

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:40

Patriot and Blue Angel still sleeping, Wide Brim and Blue Cadet just starting to peek above ground. Frances Williams looks dead

Wisteria never bloomed in 2nd yr

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:43

I wouldn't prune yet, although I'm no expert on Wisteria, mine is still hanging around in buds.

I'd give it some time, you can re-pot if you like since they are vigorous growers, and a feed after flowering if it flowers.

Mine's a 4yr old seedling so I have about 10-15yrs to wait until it flowers


Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:39

Morning everyone, what a flippin lovely day it turned out to be yesterday.

Night time temps were starkly different from last week as well!

So, I had work, but did manage to sow a load of seeds and did some splitting of perennials the day before.


Love the hanging baskets Brumbull!


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:00
Berghill wrote (see)

Tulips really do need a period of hot ripening. In many ways you are better off lifting them once all the leaves have gone and drying them off and keeping warm (but not sweltering) and replanting in October.


This is a great tip! My Tulips come back every year, but then I have sandy soil that reaches high temps in the sunny months. Otherwise, I would definitely do this ripening thing, although it would be preferable to plant the bulbs in those aquatic baskets first, because previous attempts to move Tulips has been troublesome.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:48

Enjoyed the first episode, but did anyone notice a desperately shivering Chris Beardshaw in the closing scene? Me thinks he needs to invest in some thermals.


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:07

I don't know why the Tulips you buy don't flower, because a bulb is pretty much guaranteed to flower in its first year. All the work has been done for you, provided the supplier is decent.

After flowering, the bulb needs six weeks of food and water to make a new flower for the following year. It's leaves will die down and the bulb will sit dormant until next year.

Now, bulbs will also multiply in the ground if left alone, so some years, you will see leaves but no flowers among others perhaps that are flowering and these are the baby bulbs doing their thing until they are fully grown and able to flower, which usually takes three years which is why some people treat bulbs, especially Tulips, as throw aways.

Also, Tulips do need sunshine to replenish after flowering, so make sure you plant them somewhere sunny-ish or it could affect flowering rates. Tulips hate to sit in freezing wet soil and will also rot over winter, which might explain you loses some years. So plant with lots of grit to keep them coming up year after year

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:34

Brilliant suggestions from jo4eyes, I would add hebes for evergreen interest, especially the small leaved varieties, ferns ofc any size and brilliant colours, Fatsia Japonica for architectural shape and to light up a North facing corner and Acers (some can stay reasonably small) if you want to contrast with the purple varieties especially. Acers will need a bit of decent soil, but will cope well once established.

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