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I 'rescued' some seeds from Hollyhocks growing in a local churchyard, they are growing nicely in pots in the greenhouse, due for planting out soon.
Perhaps I should call them Holyhocks?
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The Astilbi is doing well with all this rain.
Well bird feeding is slowing down a bit now, but slugs are everywhere. I put my hand on one the other day and it leaves a really strange sticky residue. Took three washes to get it off. Yuk.
But anyway, because my cat leaves most of her food I've been putting it out at the bottom of the garden for the foxes. I cover it with plastic containers left over from pre-packed food so that it doesn't get washed away or covered in flies, but the foxes seem to like this plastic thing as much as the food. They keep carrying them off. I've just watched one fox eat the food, go away, then it came back again and deliberately carried off the empty container. I can't imagine what they're doing with them but someone's going to be wondering how all this rubbish is ending up in their garden.
One of our dogs like to pick up discarded plastic drinks bottles and carry it around (usually all the way home!) - I wonder if it is the same sort of thing?
A shot from our conservatory showing the back garden (testing my new Olympus 9-18mm lens, its dinky)
All this rain is producing a tropical growth level out there
Maybe more appropriate for the EM-5 discussion thread, but I'd be interest in your thoughts on the Oly 9-18mm, Brian.
Early days yet CB but once I've explored it a bit I will post on the correct thread.
So far, its tiny which I like, light, which I also like and seems to work OK (but thats only 5 pics worth of experience )
Well, I just put some more food out for the fox underneath a plastic container. It's taken the container and left the food there. I appear to have most peculiar foxes.
A bit of Junglification looking across a small section (its about 15ft from where I shot this to my wife's studio) of our back garden. All this rain has turned the Drought Garden into a Rain Forest
if the sun comes out I think I will need to get out the machete
See that lounger in this seriously duff picture? That's where I'm going to be - again - in about 2 minutes.........
Found a dead bird, a young sparrow, beneath the dining room window.
Probably flew into one of the closed windows unlike the robins who hop through the open one ! !
I've just had a visit from this very pretty bird. I've not seen it before and it came into the garden with a crowd of ordinary pigeons. I can't find it in my bird book. It isn't a collared dove, but perhaps it's a different sort of dove. Anyone know?
It looks like a White Dove - in the information (google) it says:-
Quote: White Doves are actually a variety of Ringneck Dove and not a separate species
Oh, how lovely. I've never seen one before so I hope it comes back. Thanks Karen.
Hydrangeas are doing splendidly. This one is at the front of the house, photo taken in the evening.
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