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Well, it's been a great year for garden birds. I looked out at the feeders just now, which were full this morning, and there must have been about 40 sparrows on or about them. I think they must have had three broods this year. This is only a small selection. There was another big gang in the bush on the left, which unfortunately will be ripped out by the developers of the house next door soon.
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Lol! I watched a programme the other day, where the presenter was bewailing the fact there were no Sparrows any more!! (My daughter has a gang of about 15 who sit in her hedge, waiting their turn at next door's feeders!)
It should have stayed in the garden - Autumn must definitely be with us..................the first GIGANTIC (no I didn't take photos) spider has just been ejected from the house.
I say ejected, I'm sorry but it was so big I couldn't bear to touch it - I bravely used the hoover. I took the hoover out in the rain, to empty it, but couldn't actually locate the spider amongst the fluff and dust, so I'm hoping it's not now lurking in the understair cupboard.
Well, the weeds are taking over. I seem to have a covering of shamrock-shaped purple leaves which are encroaching on every inch of earth. They produce little yellow flowers but I can't find out what they are. Anyway, they're not the only invaders. I caught this big guy having a nice drink out of the bird bowl this morning. They seem to be HUGE this year. This one even blew a little bubble.
Our garden has become an assault course when trying to dodge all the monster Garden Orb Spider webs which are now enormous (as are the spiders! )
I like them when its rained or they have dew on them but my wife insists on destroying all their hard work (but they come back at night when she is sleeping, bigger and better than ever )
Autumn Crocuses are in full bloom but its time to cut down a lot of the other perennials and annuals and the runner beans are in the bin.
Did anyone else think it was a very short season for macro-shooting this year? most of my bugs seem to have cleared off already
Re my slugs above, does anyone know what the thing is on its head? Is it an eye or a blow hole?
I meant to ask in my post.
That hole is the pneumostome and is a breathing hole
Quote: monster Garden Orb Spider webs which are now enormous (as are the spiders!)
Which I found out, when I put my hand to my head whilst working at the computer!!! - I'd only walked out to the car and back!
Quote: Which I found out, when I put my hand to my head whilst working at the computer!!!
Bet you weren't pestered by flies though Karen
Loads of shrooms this morning, of 2 varieties, as shown below
Anybody able to make an identification?
Aha, seems to be a little rotation problem.
Quote: and the runner beans are in the bin.
We're just starting to pick ours!
you are a bit closer to the Artic Circle than us though Adrian
How's you crop this year, we seem to have had very good pickings off only 5 plants, with several pounds of beans in the freezer
They're doing much better than last year, had 3 picks so far & plenty more to come. 6 yong plants planted & 1 succumbed to the slugs so a new seed was put in & germinated quickly. Now you can't tell any difference to the pre-germinated ones.
Last year they were abysmal partly due to the weather but mostly due to an invasion of molluscs. One night I removed 30 of the little b*****ds from the planter.
Quote: an invasion of molluscs. One night I removed 30 of the little b*****ds from the planter.
a combination of a shingle garden + a family of Hedgehogs means that we are seeing very few slugs or snails these days
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