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to the serenity of the place.So I was very pleased to see a pair of goldfinches this morning. I'm not a birdwatcher, but even I know the unmistakable red face, white sideburns and yellow wing flash of these pretty creatures. They were not in my 'wildlife haven
the last couple of years the palm has become steadily more miserable looking; its leaves have lost their gorgeous green sheen and taken on more of a yellow hue instead. And it's practically stopped growing.Finally I grasped the nettle (actually
Sown now in the greenhouse, dahlia seeds will produce young plants ready to plant outdoors in late May to flower this year. Seed companies sell a range of quick-growing bedding strains that are suitable for growing this way. You can also use this method for sowing seeds saved fro...
cause people to doze off: instead I will share three of my tulip planting rules (there are more but I am, as ever, aware of the dozing off problem).Firstly - a yellow tulip is a waste of space. Not because they are not lovely ('West Point') but because
already served me so well, I'm still picking tomatoes from the plants in it, together with the odd yellow (meant to be yellow, not yellow and wrinkly!) sweet pepper, and at this time of year it really is great to have some of your own more tender produce
. For example my heart sinks at the first flash of a forsythia - such a violent yellow (like being mugged by a sunbeam), such horribly knobbly bark and such extraordinarily dreary leaves for the rest of the summer. As well as these unedifying qualities
colour, from frilly-knicker-pink and daffodil yellow, to navy blue ruffs and watery marmalade. Some seek to combine all the colours of an ice-cream shop in one flower - which I think is a bit of an insult to a noble stalwart. Personally, I prefer
'm glad I don't feel the need to fetch an old kitchen knife and spend ages carefully digging out the long tap roots; instead I'm freed of that particular task and thoroughly enjoy my yellow-spotted grass!
. During the mock up I realised the high temperatures had changed the colour spectrum of the display. Both the chives and sages had burst into full flower, so we had to lose the wode, as its yellow flowers looked strange against the sudden mass of purple
by the tendency of these little birds to strip yellow flowers, such as crocus, but so what? And don't forget that the adults not only eat weed seeds, but they also feed their young with insects and their larvae. All-in-all, sparrows are a delight and a help