Early February saw the male Bullfinch return to overlook the garden from a neighbour’s tree. From there, this fine sunny day, he dropped into the garden and explored the ground. He stayed a while, perching on trees and shrubs. What a delight to get such a close-up view of such a colourful bird. I’ve been… Read More Winter catch-up, some fantastic garden moments
Right now in this October 2017 Perthshire garden, bird species and numbers are increasing at the feeders almost daily. I’m on the lookout for Redpolls now. It’s a great season to be gardenwatching! As a garden blogger there is much to chat about at this time of year. Red Admiral butterflies are still visiting, 4… Read More Loving Autumn watching
The year was 2013, the month July and what a boom of newly fledged chicks were to be seen visiting the garden then – so my handwritten blog diary tells me. At this time, exciting family stuff was going on and postings were few but the recording of photos, video and gardenwatching notes in my… Read More Previously… song thrush juvenile
Ivy flowers on the garden pergola have been discussed in a previous blog post back in November 2011. Black ivy berries to follow have been suggested in other blog comments as food for the Woodpigeon too, further suggesting the promise of Bed and Breakfast for a pair of Woodpigeons that nested there last year. As… Read More Song Thrush and black berry surprise
… Woodpigeons and sorry Mr & Mrs Robin, we were here first! We enjoy preening in the morning sunshine on the roof of the pergola and we enjoy a bit of exercise jumping across its rafters. Then there is the great central location with a lookout over the whole garden – especially towards the potting… Read More … and the potentially noisy neighbours are…
A monthly garden history covering all aspects of the garden in the form of a Gardenwatch Report seems like a useful plan to refer back to. As the garden year is picking up speed, it’s easy to forget some of the garden work, flowers and sightings that didn’t make blog posts, diaries or notebooks. My… Read More The Gardenwatch Report: FEB 2014
Replacing the bowl part of my favourite birdbath was something I never considered after two extremely cold winters finally took their toll and it split completely in two! I never even knew there were replacement bowls available if I went searching online. Since then, my bowl-less pedestal has lived on as a landing break for… Read More Replacement birdbath bowl
Gosh is it May already? Is it really two weeks since the orange crowns of two small brownish birds were spotted jumping through feeders? At the time, I video grabbed a short piece of shaky footage for an ID and discovered they were Redpolls! Redpolls? I never imagined this was a species that would ever… Read More Highlight of April gardenwatching – Redpolls!
Yay… Hedgehog Manor (recycled guinea pig hutch embedded in garden border) is open to diners once again! Sunflower hearts were on offer during the snowy spell in late March, just in case any hungry hedgehogs newly emerged from hibernation were out and about. There was also a dish of water available as they would also… Read More Hedgehogs visiting garden again 🙂
I’ve searched online images and queries and I can’t be sure – the closest I can get is mealybugs but I can’t see them when I look closely. I’m seriously hoping some of my gardening friends can help out here. I’m taking a guess that our recent baking hot weather that these plants have endured… Read More What is the white stuff on my box plants?