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Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 22:29

I'm not feeding the birds this spring or summer as I wanted more nesting in my garden and concentrated more on providing a good habitat for their foraging, plus I worry that the baby birds will not learn to fend for themselves so well if there is a constant supply of lazy food.

The blackbirds have had no problems providing for their chicks this year and the ring-neck doves would have been the same except the male blackbird wouldn't let them succeed in building a nest.

A couple of weeks back I saw mother and daughter blackbirds picking worms out my patio troughs and last week I watched a male Sparrow catch its bug in flight just a few steps away. I never saw this behaviour while I had bird tables, but I always supply water and the whole neighbourhood seems to stop by for a drink.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 22:15

@Pam, good luck with your open day! (whenever that is) Have been thinking about how much hard work you must be doing and hoping you will miss the terrible weather.

I have a double yellow rose although I don't know its name and also Rhapsody in Blue which is currently going bananas in my garden  and the scent is divine.

 And my Eremurus just beginning to flower, 19 spikes in total.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 09:18

@curlyone, lovely garden  Could you identify the plant cuddling the lion right in the bottom left hand corner? I've been coveting a neighbour's since early spring (it hasn't stopped flowering!) and I love the silver foliage.

My lambs ears are being pecked to death by sparrows every time I stick them outdoors to harden off. I think they are using the foliage as nesting material, so I am after a silver foliage plant at low level that doesn't get dessimated from spring to autumn and the white flowers are perfect as well.

best shrub rose for an east fence

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 19:01

I have a climbing white rose, Winter White growing on an enclosed east facing fence as well as a shrub rose, Rhapsody in Blue facing east on trellis, both of which love the aspect and although neither is a white shrub rose as specify, at least you know east facing is no problem for roses.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 18:57

Gorgeous pics @gardenfantic.

Thanks for sharing.


Posted: 18/06/2012 at 18:54

biannual plants are hardy and will over winter as a juvenile plant just as you presume, maturing and flowering the following spring/summer

Lupin are a perennial but take a year to establish before flowering. It's also said that they are short lived, 3 maybe 4 years, although may gardeners will tell you theirs are older. It's really down to the plant tbh.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:15

Ouch Inkadog! what a lot of trouble but I was sold by pistachio green... Sounds divine.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:04

@LORELEI, probably Eucalyptus gunnii. Yes! They do grow large. Yes! Their bark and foliage are well worth the trouble. Yes! I brought one this summer because the young foliage is just so beautifully blue and I'm a huge fan of Eucalyptus!

Yes! I plan to hard prune mine  They can take a good hacking back. What a great plant.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 19:51
Inkadog wrote (see)

What a lovely tree that is,@figrat--the peeling bark reminds me of our native arbutus, but a different colour. What is it?

I don't see a tree or peeling bark in figrat's picture, perhaps you meant mine. It's Eucalyptus pauciflora, with blueish evergreen foliage, gorgeous fresh new foliage, wonderful fluffy white flowers and multi stems of peeling bark that go incredible colours in the rain, reds and pinks. I love it a lot

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 14:17

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