Friday, 18 August 2017

Getting behind is easy, getting caught up - not so much!

I'd say "where have the last couple of weeks gone" but it would be a rhetorical question as I know exactly what happened to them;  the first was spent recovering from a horrible cold and the second has been spent making excellent progress on Management's "Garden List".  Looking back I can see we spent the first couple of months of his retirement straightening out the house (which is not completely finished, but there is a good chance it never will be!) and we are on track to spent months three and four straightening up a few things in the garden (which will never, ever be finished, gardens never are).  Maybe by the end of the year we will be in a position where "all" we have to do is maintain stuff and can spend more time enjoying ourselves ..... but that's getting rather ahead of myself 😍

I have not been very good at photographing everything we have done, so today I will just go with what I do have pictures of . . .

The bird feeding area had some much needed TLC;  a weedy messy corner has been filled with compost and bark chip, edged with the logs we took from the pond path, and planted with some self-seeded ferns which I rescued from the back of the big log pile.



I used one of the old 'ground feeding cages' and made a corvid-proof cover for the peanut feeder.  I mocked this up with clamps a few weeks ago as an experiment and it has made a huge difference - far less magpies and jackdaws around now they cannot get at their favourite food, and double the numbers of small birds who obviously feel a lot safer.  Win win all round 😃



Management has fashioned a superb tray to catch the fallout from our sunflower feeders.  The rain falls through it so nothing is getting soggy and smelly, and by supporting under the net with some old mesh he's made a nice, firm base for blackbirds and others to stand whilst they hoover up the seed.  There is nothing like the amount of waste that there used to be, so more 'win win'!





In preparation for using glyphosate we've set up a couple of sturdy barricades to keep Daisy away.  She likes to nibble at long grass and these two areas were favourite places to snack.  I absolutely hate using weedkiller and always feel I've failed as a gardener if I have to get the stuff out, but it would be even worse for Daisy to consume plant material that has absorbed such nastiness.






Many buckets of compost and bark chip were moved and now the new bed next to our 'trailer park' is ready for cyclamen.






11 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're feeling better. Your garden is looking good, what a great idea for catching the bird seed.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, we've been planning the tray for ages, just never enough time :)

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  2. I hope your cold has finally gone completely and you're feeling much better. Love the tray under the bird feeders, it's a great idea :)

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    1. For some strange reason my comment appeared twice! :)

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  4. My goodness, you have been busy. Poor you, catching a cold in the middle of summer, but you sound a lot better, so now make sure you looking after yourself. A whole bed of those wee little cyclamen should look stunning. Will there be anything else? I've a cyclamen in a pot which is just about to flower. Our garden isn't so good because of the heavy frosts we've had this winter, which is a tad unusual. We sometimes get a few light ones, but this time round I've lost quite a bit. Have a lovely weekend & take care.

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    1. We haven't had a winter with hard frosts for ages Susan, so whilst I haven't lost many plants to cold, we do have casualties due to constantly being waterlogged :(

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  5. I like the new bird feeding ideas. Such a pity feeding birds is so messy.

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    1. Thanks Sue, oer the years we've tried lots of variations to keep the bird food area clean and healthy, fingers crossed this solution will work long-term.

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