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Garden Diary - What's Going On In Yours?


DaveRyder Plus
5 3.5k 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2019 6:31PM
I think this is it for this year - Some areas for the Grandchildren while accommodating Birds, Bees and Spiders.

The problem this year has been birds in the loft - to make way for the houses behind us trees, shrubs and hedgerows were removed.

The Thrushes and Starlings had to find somewhere to go. First a loft over the road and then ours when they were evicted from there.

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
14 May 2019 5:31PM

Quote:Found this lovely red beetle in the garden down by the nettle patch on the weekend. Disguise isn't one of its attributes. I think it's a black headed cardinal beetle.
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Deiqkier 9 41 United Kingdom
14 May 2019 7:51PM
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Extended family moved into our bird box. They might be tree bumblebees. Industrious little creatures, but the lady of the house is not impressed.
Colin
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
15 May 2019 7:41AM
Probably an optical illusion.

Do newly born birds fly / flap their wings faster than the adults ?

really nice having breakfast outside at the moment, watching those those baby birds who have not yet mastered the art of flying but at least none of them have flown into the kitchen / dining room closed windows
Cephus Plus
14 2.5k England
15 May 2019 9:29AM

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Extended family moved into our bird box. They might be tree bumblebees. Industrious little creatures, but the lady of the house is not impressed.
Colin


Interesting article about Tree Bumblebees here.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
17 May 2019 6:08PM
First sightings of the juvenile starlings today. And some sparrow juveniles. Let the pandemonium begin. Smile i wish they'd keep to the trees rather than the lawn though.
cattyal Plus
14 8.9k 6 England
22 May 2019 10:54AM
Pleased to see my bug hotel is almost fully occupied - there'll be a much larger one for the bees next summer Smile

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And my Schizostylis has produced a flower about 4 months too early!

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
22 May 2019 3:07PM
I tried a bug hotel once but didn't get one inhabitant. I must have put it in the wrong place. Sad
cattyal Plus
14 8.9k 6 England
22 May 2019 4:58PM

Quote:I tried a bug hotel once but didn't get one inhabitant. I must have put it in the wrong place. Sad


I've had two for about 3 years and finally the Mason Bees have gone nuts for them. They get sunshine for about the first half of the day which the bees apparently appreciate Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
22 May 2019 5:15PM

Quote:
Quote:I tried a bug hotel once but didn't get one inhabitant. I must have put it in the wrong place. Sad


I've had two for about 3 years and finally the Mason Bees have gone nuts for them. They get sunshine for about the first half of the day which the bees apparently appreciate Smile

Perhaps I'll try again, against a sunny wall. Smile
cattyal Plus
14 8.9k 6 England
22 May 2019 5:19PM

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:I tried a bug hotel once but didn't get one inhabitant. I must have put it in the wrong place. Sad


I've had two for about 3 years and finally the Mason Bees have gone nuts for them. They get sunshine for about the first half of the day which the bees apparently appreciate Smile

Perhaps I'll try again, against a sunny wall. Smile



It's worth a go and patience is apparently a virtue Smile If your hotel has the pine cones and straw sections then don't expect anything to show any interest in them - it's only the bamboo that has attracted any attention.

I'm waiting for a couple of foxgloves to go over so I can move them and then commence construction of a large scale bug hotel with hedgehog house at the bottom and planted section at the top - and hopefully bits in the middle the wee beasties will like Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
27 May 2019 9:02PM
Just got a few more ideas for the garden from Springwatch. Love that programme. Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
1 Jun 2019 1:33PM
I planted a very nice, healthy hydrangea in a big pot yesterday, watered it with a drop of erichacious feed. Just noticed that it's completely wilted. What on earth have I done wrong? The compost is still damp.

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
1 Jun 2019 4:11PM
Update: I gave it another big drink and an hour later, it's recovered. I'm wondering if it's not happy in the hot sun. We did have a big bush in the actual garden a few years ago and that didn't mind the hot weather, or lack of water.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
7 Jun 2019 12:53PM
This week I've seen a Jay and a Jackdaw in the garden. The Jay snatched something from the lawn and flew off really quickly, and the Jackdaw is currently in the cherry tree and looks as if it's picking off the ripening cherries. Strange to see these two birds in the garden; in fact, I can't ever remember seeing a jackdaw there before.


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