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May Garden

You have to love this time in England. The weather warms up and there is something new to see every day in the garden. We have been spending a lot of time outside and I love it.

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This is the Pulsatila Red Bells, I mentioned in my April post. Here it is in full flower.

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This is the view of the garden from the room in which I write my blog. The pond is just to the right of the tree, the veg garden just out of sight left back, and the garage front left.The hedge at the back is an old field hedge and we let it grow as high as we think our neighbours will tolerate. It is home to a lot of birds, all very very busy right now.

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Talking of the pond my little lady is looking right at home among the wood and wild flowers.

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That’s the top of the rockery above the pond. Note, Mr E tries to get rid of the forget me knots every year!! But I love them too much…. enough said. There are bluebells galore out in the garden too.

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I took some to my Dad’s grave yesterday. Such a contrast to the shop bought flowers on the plot next door. Wonder what he’d have said?

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The seed/plants have moved from the lounge floor to the step by the french windows. They spend the nights in the greenhouse.

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Which is beginning to look the business. Sorry about my reflection..

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Remember my no fern photo challenge problem a week or so ago. Typical here’s some of ours just one week later!! Note to self no working with children, animals or plants.

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There are runner beans lurking beneath that fleece, which is there for stopping the pigeons.

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This lilac tree has come from nowhere in the last couple of years, it’s somewhere in the back hedge, but whether on our side or the neighbours I couldn’t say. But it makes a gorgeous splash of colour.

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We have some lovely scented plants in the garden. This honeysuckle is on the garage wall. There are blue tits in the nesting box. They hatched I think on Friday as we went from one blue tit on a mission to two flying back and forth like the clappers.

We have a lots of blackbirds in the garden too. I want to introduce to one very special gentleman. He is a blackbird with some white feathers. Now we had one blackbird a few years ago with a white spot who was a timid little thing lurking in the hedge to the right of our garden. But some how he must have found a mate and produced. Fred the thread. Fred is a very feisty chap, he successfully fought all the other male blackbirds to gain a lady and the best nesting spot in the hedge which grows behind another lilac tree . And oh boy is he working hard now, fetching delectable little titbits for his lady.

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See his white tail, the thread of white which gave him his name Fred the Thread. He would like you to know that he is a most clean blackbird and takes a regular bath in the bird bath whether he needs it or not. It is rather wonderful to be able to actually tell him from the other blackbirds whom he no longer has time to fight  and know exactly how he sets about his daily business.

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Hawthorn in the back hedge, love it. Still waiting for the elderflower to bloom. Not certain we are going to have any plums this year, the tree blossomed before the last frost. The tadpoles have all hatched and are swimming around merrily. Two frogs have taken up residence in the greenhouse.

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This wisteria is at the front of the house, a gift from my Dad.

And we have started to eat more from the garden. First lettuce of the year, plus herbs and rhubarb still.

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Best of all, I get to pick flowers for the house.

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Right time to get back outside… Hope you enjoyed this rather long walk round the garden .

Enjoy the sunshine folks….

 

Bad News from the Big Garden Bird Watch

The results are now in from the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and the results show an alarming decline in bird numbers with Starlings faring the worst. Read all about it here and how we can all help wildlife in our own back gardens.

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