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Latest posts by Wintersong

think of the blackbirds Monty !

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 14:17

Well, this morning we noticed and watched with delight as the pair of ring neck doves decided to build a  nest in our Laurel. It's a very large Laurel and it was lovely watching the male collect scraps and twigs from my huge pile of dead Pampas grass and bring them to the female who was busy arranging the nest. The male bird was very tame, didn't mind sharing the garden with me at all, unfortunately the male black bird took great offence and chased the male dove all about the garden. Since then, there's been no sign of either pair, I do hop they can all get alone.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 14:08

Three successive alarms needed. One to wake you up, one to wake you up after you nodded back off and the third one just to nudge you as you do that, I'll wake up with my eyes closed trick.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:52

Very cloudy but bright here in Kent. There's no real threat of rain so far and It's actually warm and feels like spring for once.

think of the blackbirds Monty !

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 08:15

Well apparently my wood pigeons are ring-neck doves. There's a mating pair we see every year, always together, it's very sweet. Last year they tried to make a manly sized nest in out large Laural, but a windy day soon put an end to those ideas.

On the whole we get sparrows thrushes and Magpies nest in the surrounding trees but don't land in my garden. Once when I put out seed to encourage finches etc, all I got was an ugly pigeon who kept eating the lot! So I stopped. I used to get a robin a few years back that followed me around whenever I disturbed the soil, and am so happy I have blackbirds this year. I feel honoured they have chosen my garden.

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 08:07

I concur. Nature heals through the senses and gardening is just one way to appreciate our world as a whole. No wonder nature got given her pagan monikers, she can be tough and destructive, but her wonders are sustenance for the soul.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:03

Well done Rob! It looks very promising and beautifully dug.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 18:38

Someone over did the blood fish and bone

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 18:10

I don't think so or the blackbirds would be harassing your chooks.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 17:44

Goregous pictures Inkadog, thank you so much for sharing

I always cut my flower spikes to ground on my Euphorbia characias wulfenii, (don't know about others) but they last so long, I'm generally not in a hurry to reomve them

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 14:41

I've just come in from a morning's digging. The full sun border is on its second dig over to eradicate raspberry runners from the soil completely, turning to the depth of my fork and going deeper whenever I discover a runner. Had a small bit of bind weed along the back fence as well and two runners going into the lawn that I am unable to dig out. Hubby tells me he will mow them into oblivion, I just hope they don't turn round and come back into my border

All the woody parts of the dead Pampas grass are bagged up ready for removal whilst its mountain of dry leaves and rotted matter at its centre is piled up in a heap on top of the crator hole that I will leave to quietly compost over the coming months or move to my compost bins to speed things up depending upon time, space and energies.

I'm knackered now

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