As 2008 comes to a close I wonder what you will see in and around your gardens in 2009. This past year I have found myself enjoying more aspects of birds and wildlife than I expected. Highlights? Mm… tricky. Favourite visit of the year has to be Pensthorpe for the birds, butterflies & damselflies –… Read More What will you see?
Be it a wonderful bouquet of flowers from a dear friend or a family meal I would like to wish you all special moments this holiday season. I gave some bouquets of flowers as gifts this year so it was especially nice to receive one myself this evening. I’d like to share it with all… Read More Christmas wishes
On the morning of my 2nd Blogaversary (Nov 19th) I received a surprise email. I was thrilled that BBC Countryfile Magazine had chosen shirls gardenwatch as their ‘Blog of the Month’ for their January issue. They asked if I could supply 3-4 photos from my garden specifically Blackbirds and Robins. I was delighted to be… Read More Thanks, without you…
…well not at my dinner table. No, I’d much rather see a Pheasant as a guest feeding at the dinner table I have in my garden for the ground feeding birds like Blackbirds and Dunnocks. I am sure they wouldn’t mind an extra party guest seeing it is the season of good will. Although I’m… Read More A Pheasant for Christmas…
A few surprise candidates have stepped forward for this month’s Bloom Day posting. A tidy-up in the garden today revealed there were actually some flowers that I could share! However, it is the foliage that really gives colour and texture in my garden at this time of year and I just love it.Above from top:… Read More Garden Bloom Day December 2008
The feeders are full but the food isn’t going down. Just where have all the birds gone? Well, many in my garden have been hiding in my hedge over the weekend. You can see the brave species that have appeared out in the open in my bird count table below. Mm… it is eerily quiet… Read More Weekend bird counts
Out by the light of the moon went I this evening armed with a pair of secateures. My mission was to prune my wisteria back to four buds per stem. However, neither the outside lighting nor the moon shining above my plant offered enough light to do the job properly. As I looked up at… Read More Moonlight, wisteria and watercolours
Oh dear… I can’t show any images from my garden or tell any stories from today of the visitors I believe I saw at my bird feeders last night! I watched first thing as light came up and set my videos camera on a feeder with fatcakes as darkness fell but these delightful visitors were… Read More Show and tell
Just after 4pm this evening I looked out to see some very speedy action between the bird feeders! I had only just walked over to the window to look out on to the garden briefly. A couple of minutes later and I may well have missed these visitors completely. I am so glad I didn’t!Blackbirds… Read More Was I seeing things?
Frosted images are gathering momentum around garden blogs at the moment. Yep… I would like to add some from my garden too. Over the weekend we saw pretty cold temperatures for this time of year. At -5.5 deg C (22.1 deg F) throughout the day it was too cold for snow but for two days… Read More Frozen out