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Posted by The Garden Smallholder on May 8, 2013
Our garden is a visual and audible treat at the moment, even though spring arrived a little late this year everything appears to be catching up. The huge pine trees are a nursery to many garden birds right now, twiggy nests can be seen in branches.
Blackbirds are nesting inside the rockery conifers surrounding the pond, occasionally I hear the ’peep peep’ sound of hungry chicks throughout the day, eagerly awaiting the return of their parents with food. At dusk we are treated to an aerial display of bats hunting, if we listen really carefully we can just make out the distinct clicking-sound. Another nocturnal visitor to our garden and a favourite of mine is the hedgehog, they can be heard snuffling around the lawn at night, on a clear moon-lit evening we might catch a glimpse of one, scurrying off into bushes.
I’ve noticed squirrels digging in the lawn, taking off for the pine trees when I approach. I love watching them leap from tree to tree with the grace and skill of a gymnast. Some of the fruit trees are ablaze with blossom, attracting bumblebees in their numbers, daffodils are just finishing now and Forget-me-nots are taking centre stage, creating a pretty blue haze.
I saw my first ladybird of the year yesterday and a number of butterflies on the wing are passing through the garden too, mainly Peacock. Here’s a great website for those unfamiliar with UK butterfly species: http://www.britishbutterflies.co.uk/index.asp
I love nature, especially during spring. I hope you’re enjoying watching and listening to nature/wildlife in your garden too.
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on May 2, 2013
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Posted by The Garden Smallholder on April 17, 2013
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on April 2, 2013
I’m sowing more tomatoes, so far I have 3 different varieties on the grow. Despite the unseasonably cold weather I’m remaining positive warmer weather will arrive soon. Well, you just have to really! I bought Black Krim tomato seed after seeing a very tempting photo of the fruits via Seed Parade on Facebook. The weakling that I am.
Somehow lots of other seed ended up in my order too. I’ve no idea how that happened. Oops!
I love the clear resealable seed bags, I often find seeds rolling around in the bottom of my seed tubs so this should avoid that problem. The seed is really easy to see too, I find it annoying when small seed gets caught in the fold of paper packets. I managed to get seed I wanted a lot cheaper by snapping up some of the sale prices via the Seed Parade website http://seedparade.co.uk
I just hope our gardening neighbour has plenty of room in his greenhouse, plenty of tomato seedlings coming his way soon!
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on March 28, 2013
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on March 27, 2013
I watched in despair from our living room window the arrival of snow on Friday evening. Fluffy snowflakes performing a dance of circles in a cruel wind, flickering in and out of the amber-glow cast by a lamp-post. A thick carpet of sparkling snow greeted us the following morning.
Spring is obviously struggling to shake off winter’s firm grip.
The entire weekend was bitterly cold, sleet and light snow dominated the disappearing landscape. However, folk residing towards the North of the UK seem to have been hit the hardest.
No allotment visits, no seed sowing. Spring daffodils shiver in the snow, reluctant to open their buttery flower buds. The Koi have once again retreated to the bottom of the pond, confused by the constant change in temperatures.
Hurtled back into what appears to be a deep winter slumber, there are signs that spring is trying to make herself known if you look closer. Fruit tree buds are beginning to swell, Forsythia covered in tightly rolled buds will soon reveal golden stars against a brilliant spring blue sky.
We’re all dreaming of warmer days to come, the sweet fragrance of spring flowers and fresh-cut grass. Trees ablaze in blossom and the sound of buzzing honey bees.
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on March 24, 2013
I refused to allow the weather to spoil my Mothering Sunday, snow came down as predicted followed by a lashing of rain for good measure. It’s cold, damp, dark and miserable outside. Instead of going out for a family walk and then lunch as we’d planned, we stayed inside in the warm, making cakes. My lovely children gave me gifts of flowers, a mum cup and rose scented tealight candles. Hubby is cooking a roast dinner which smells divine. I’ve been throughly spoiled all day.
Oh, and the cakes were very yummy!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on March 10, 2013