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Got back from 8 days away on holiday (to Suffolk and then Essex for a couple of days with the grandchildren) to find the garden has moved 3ft nearer the house and everyting has gone mad with loads of new growth, everything flowering and the rhubarb has put on another 2ft in height (so will need picking today - yum )
Thank goodness there are no lawns or hedges to cut!
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The view from my seat at the back of the garden (by June / early July the left side of frame will be fully obscured by grasses, crocosmia and lord knows what else)
The West side of our patch, just waiting for the Clematis to come into bloom when the fence will largely disappear
(remember, all this grows without us watering or fertilising it! )
A beautiful garden.....................I bet there are loads of bugs in there!!
Thanks Karen, usually its bug heaven but its very slow at the moment, I think the weather needs to settle and get a bit warmer before it all kicks into gear
I'm doing some investigation on line re buying my bird food in bulk. I really like the sound of the Really Wild Bird Co and their prices look good compared with what I pay now, but wonder if any of you get your stuff via the internet and if you have any recommendations.
Because of the amount of mealworms I get through for both the hedgehogs and the birds I buy all my wild animal foodstuffs from a company called Maltby's on Ebay. Can't recommend them high enough both in terms of quality and price, they also deliver free, usually within 2 days by courier and I haven't as yet (touch wood) had any problems with their service whatsoever.
Loads of stuff going on in our garden at the moment The first brood of Starlings have fledged along with the Jackdaws, Sparrows and the various Tits and other birds we have visit, which means the bird tables are exceptionally busy during the day. Very funny watching the Starlings beg for food from the parent birds despite all the food being right under their feet, not the sharpest tools in the box Had a very rare visit the other day by a Hobby, the wife spotted it first and thought it was a young Peregrine, but I soon put her straight We're guessing he might have been trying his hand at catching a fledgeling or two.
At night the hedgehogs are busy feeding, courting and mating and were still getting the odd visit by the foxes, although we have tried to discourage the foxes from visiting as it won't be long now when we should be seeing the first of the juvenile hoggies make an appearance, we currently have week old litter of 5 in one of the nestboxes .
Of course if you're interested you can see all the action as it happens live by visiting either our website or by visiting Ade's Hedgehog & Garden Wildlife Cams best viewed using Internet Explorer 10. Mornings are the best time for the birds and obviously the Hedgehogs only show once it gets dark
If any of you are wondering where I've been lately, well as some of you know I've not been too well of late and things haven't really improved very much, therefore I haven't been out the house very much and I certainly haven't done any photography......Ho hum that's mental illness/head injuries for you, I'm sure I'll be back with a vengeance soon enough At least I've had my Hedgehogs to help me through what's been a really tough time......Regards to all....
my garden is currently being blown to death
yep, it's blowing a hoolie here too at the moment Still at least in ain't raining......YET!
Thanks Ade O. I've gone with Really Wild as I like the sound and look of their set-up. It'll be good not to have to go to the shop twice a week. I just hope the birds aren't the fussy types. I know sometimes they won't eat certain stuff I get but they'll have to like it or lump it now. My starling juves seem to be a bit behind other people's. I've not seen any yet but I'll know when they arrive when the decibel level gets outrageous!
We had hailstones and storms over east London yesterday. Calmed down a bit today but very wet.
Living with Birds are also worth a look as well Chris, this is where I source "I ♥ Hedgehogs" which is a specialised diet for the hedgehogs I use on the Autumn juveniles we care for in the winter. Worth a look but rather expensive, but quality is second to none.
Quote: I've not seen any yet but I'll know when they arrive when the decibel level gets outrageous
......Yep, noisy little beggars are waking me at about 5:30 in the morning at the moment, but they're worth it.....
It looks like a sparrow has discovered the large patch of moss in my flower bed as she's going to and fro - from that to the thick ivy at the bottom of the garden - with a bill full of moss each time I guess there's a little nest tucked away in there
Still cat poo
Starling and House Sparrow fledglings as well the many other species during the days - eating like food is going out of fashion - Fox and hedgehog at night attempting to do the same
Fortunately for them we had a freezer failure a week ago, so they've been eating better food than us LOL
It's all worth it in the long run - such a simple pleasure to be gifted with our 30 species in our small urban garden.
Short video of the Foxes and Hedgehogs feeding together in the garden as well as the fledgling starlings eating us out of house and home
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