A warm welcome please for our acrobatic cast members… The Blue Tit Parus caeruleus The Great Tit Parus major The Coal Tit Parus ater This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in December 2013.
Never making it to my bookshelf, christmas or birthday wishlist, despite being picked up in bookshops many times over the years, when an email came in asking me if I wanted to review a copy of the New illustrated edition of ‘Dear Friend and Gardener’ introduced by Fergus Garrett… I was thrilled and smiling all… Read More Dear Friend and Gardener – a book review and delight!
After seven years of gardenwatching and blogging, 2014 promises to be an interesting year of discovery for garden and blog visitors. I’m hoping for frogs, toads and dragonflies! Yay… my pond liner finally made its way from under the sofa indoors to outside in its permanent new home. Let the gardenwatching take a new phase… Read More Let’s jump and eat cake for year 8
Despite the many miles between our gardens, mine in Perthshire Scotland and Carol’s in Indiana USA, today we both have flower buds on a Christmas rose! What fun it is to compare our gardens to other gardens around the world on the 15th of the month and Carol at May Dreams Gardens is the blogger… Read More November GBBD… last flower dash before snow?
The list can be long for weekend garden jobs just now as we race between reasonable spells of weather and daylight. What jobs have you planned for this weekend? Have you cleaned out old nests from your nestboxes – perhaps you have seen birds looking in your garden nestboxes recently and wondered why? The drop… Read More Garden Nestbox… first Great tit rooster… yay!
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2013.
Oh dear… that’s the Dunvegan Castle Seal boat trip left without me 🙁 What’s that you said… it will be back in 25 minutes? Perhaps we could have lunch while we wait… is this table free? Ah… there’s a queuing system… are we the only ones observing it? Yum.. our sandwiches were tasty! Is that… Read More Hooded Crows on holiday
Dear wildlife watching friends, as you well know, holidays can afford new sightings and opportunities. Dunvegan Castle, on the Isle of Skye, wasn’t a completely new holiday visit for us having been there many years ago (bc). However, on our visit in September 2013, the opportunity to get close-up views of a colony of common… Read More Seal boat trip at Dunvegan Castle, Scotland
Dear gardening friends, may I ask you a question? What do you think – are garden/flower shows really worth visiting? Our expectations before we spend hours travelling, queuing at car parks and at ticket gates are perhaps just too great for the new and experienced gardeners amongst us. Yet, we make these trips again and… Read More Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2013
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in October 2013.