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Garden Diary - What's Going On In Yours?

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
23 Dec 2012 2:53PM
Oh, goodness! I hope it stayed out of the house!

Quote:Hellebores are beginning to bloom

Wow! Your's are early - mine are just buds at ground level at the moment! Though I have got some blossom on the winter flowering cherry!

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arnieg Plus
14 704 England
23 Dec 2012 3:13PM

self watering greenhouse
karen its away from the house
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
23 Dec 2012 3:18PM

Quote:self watering greenhouse

You're not kidding!!!! Glad to hear it's only the garden!
brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2012 3:49PM

Quote:Quote: Hellebores are beginning to bloom

Wow! Your's are early - mine are just buds at ground level at the moment! Though I have got some blossom on the winter flowering cherry!

Could be something to do with the fact we are down here on the Dorset coast? The first blooms start showing now but the main flowering is Feb / March so we get quite a long season (much to my wife's delight as she is the Hellebore specialist in the family)
Herrero 5 24 Germany
23 Dec 2012 7:22PM
My old bougainvillea are really beautiful right now! The young plants (two years) look nice but no flowers yet. It s very warm and a little dry (sand floor and no rain for about a week), so the grass is "a little sad", but the laurels are lovely. But the best are the "ceibos", that s the national flower in my country (Uruguay), found no translation ... Smile Hope to be able to post a picture soon, but right now my computer is not working properly ...
KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 6:33PM
First week of January and the daffodils are under way.
Ewanneil 8 1.1k 2 Scotland
10 Jan 2013 11:37AM
I've just spent a happy 30 minutes or so watching all the bird life attracted by the feeders I put out in my garden. It was great watching all the little squabbles going on as they vied for a place on the cage feeders and peanut cakes. All of a sudden there was bedlam. A sparrow-hawk swooped and scattered them everywhere. Then, like the school bully, it strutted around the garden for about 10 minutes poking around just looking for anything to eat. During this time not a garden bird was to be seen. Then all of a sudden the sparrow-hawk took fright and flew away. Literally within seconds of it doing so the feeders were flash-mobbed by about a dozen long tailed tits. Within about 30 seconds it was back to normal - blue tits squabbling; robins more intent on protecting territory than feeding and dunnock patrolling the area below the feeders picking up scraps. It was a really nice little look at the lives of various birds. Including the sparrow-hawk I counted 14 species - all the usual suspects but no goldfinches. I have hardly seen any this winter.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
10 Jan 2013 11:52AM
Same here Ewan. Spotted a sparrowhawk nestling in the large tree at the bottom of the garden looking rather beautiful and not another bird in sight or sound. Mind you, once it had gone it was another matter. Pandemonium. You do have a lovely large selection of birds in your neck of the woods. I get mostly starlings, pigeons, tits of various kinds, robins and finches. Probably rats too but if I don't see them I don't think about it. I think the neighbours must hate me as none of them feed the wildlife and have pristine gardens. Sad

And yes, the daffs are poking their heads up. My lawn is still like a swamp though and we can't even walk on it. Squelch City.
Ewanneil 8 1.1k 2 Scotland
10 Jan 2013 12:11PM
Hi Chris. We do get starlings but not nearly so many as you get in towns and cities. As for pigeons, ours are wood-pigeons who go around in flocks of several hundred. They tend to stay in the fields and woods so we don't get many visitors to the garden.

We do have a female Great-spotted Woodpecker though. She is also a bit of a bully - gets a feeder cage to herself usually. I did try to get some photos but only having a 200mm lens and dirty windows meant the results weren't that great. Wink
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
10 Jan 2013 1:35PM
Last year we bought a Niga seed feeder & attracted 3 goldfinches to the garden.
Bought a new one on Monday & put both of them up. Had the usual 3 feeding on them & I suddenly noticed we had 3 other goldfinches on the seed feeder on the ground. First time I've seen them taking seed from the ground.
We don't get sparrowhawks here although friends further into the village do. Our biggest problem are 8 magpies that live on the golf course across the road & a few jackdaws that tend to scare off the smaller birds.
Now gearing up for the great garden birdwatch on Jan 26/27th. Whats the betting that everything disappears for that weekend!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
22 Jan 2013 6:36PM
I had a really unusual visitor to my garden today. I even called over my OH to have a look as I didn't instantly recognise it. A gorgeous, plump and healthy Thrush!!! A thrush, you might say, what's unusual about that? Well, I've never, ever had one in the garden before and have only ever seen one or two in my whole life. What a treat. I wonder what they eat. Must stock up. SmileSmileSmile
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
22 Jan 2013 6:45PM
We had another deer in the garden at midnight last night, it ate all the birdseed we put out.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
22 Jan 2013 6:53PM

Quote:I wonder what they eat.

Put out some past-their-best apples/pears, I know my Blackbirds love them!
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
22 Jan 2013 7:24PM
For the Song Thrushes besides the snails that they love, they do like crushed up fat balls, nut granules, suet pellets and they love my home made bird cake.............I was watching one today on the bird table.......tucking in and beating off the Starlings...........GrinGrinGrinGrin

As Karen says the Blackbirds love apples and the Fieldfares love them as well...........I've never seen a thrush eat apples but you never know.................SmileSmileSmile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
22 Jan 2013 7:43PM
Thank you. Will do. Smile

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