Monday, 26 June 2017

Nature Notes - Monday

I've got a bit of a 'Make Over' post to write, but haven't quite finished with photos, so in the meantime, so photos of birds taken over the last couple of days.

It has been a delight watching the little Blue Tits in the garden.  Every year a pair of Blue Tits raises some young in an old bird nest box that the Sailor made at Scouts many years ago.

Trying to decide how to get to the food?

Early this morning there were quite a few young Blue Tits flitting about round the feeder, they were  a delight to watch. 

We have also had some young robins as well.  Sadly I found a dead fledgling on the lawn over the weekend as well.  Not sure how that died.  Our garden is generally cat free due to the dogs.  

This one appears quite healthy and inquisitive though.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Nature Notes on a Tuesday

Nature Notes from my son's garden.

The poppies are still looking good, such a lovely vibrant selection of colours.

The weather is very hot and sunny, I like it like this, although even I admit I wish it would cool down at night, as it really is far too hot to be able to sleep comfortably.  During the day however, I am loving it.  Unlike many, the heat energises me.  I can actually get things done, and feel enthusiastic if not very sweaty at times!

Nature is at its best at the moment.  Colour and variety abound.

The Hebes are putting on a good show and doing what they do best, and that is attracting the wildlife.

The place was frequented by quite a few butterfly which was a delight to see.

I enjoyed watching this butterfly busy taking in the nectar.

There was a mixture of both white

and purple Hebe, some from the same bush.

The climbing rose by the front door is looking beautiful now it has been cleared and has space to grow and breath.  What a difference some care and attention makes.

I am not sure what this yellow plant is called at present, but I loved the vibrancy of the 'sunshine yellow'.  

It is surprising just how many flowers are starting to appear in this garden after only a few weeks of care and attention.  

While I was enjoying the garden I also spotted this lovely little Tit watching me.


My son, the sailor, and his future wife have been working on what was my father in laws place that we inherited some eight years ago now I guess it is.  We had let our friends stay in it for the last four years, but had planned to sell it - part of the 'grand plan' to move to the Isle of Wight - so they moved out a few months ago.  It seems however, things don't always work out how you initially thought or planned.  I am not quite sure how it happened, but it seems that this home is to remain in our family for a bit longer yet, and thus we probably won't be moving for a long time now (not sure how comfortably the not moving part sits with me at the moment),  However, it has been so lovely to see the enthusiasm and hard work that has been put in to transforming the place.  It reminds me of my first house and all the work I put into it.  Paper has been stripped, mould has been cleaned off and treated, walls, doors and woodwork have been painted.  A lot of work still to do, but very obvious progress has been made and the inside is looking so much brighter.  A lot of work has been put into the garden as well.  There was no lawn left at the back, so that was reseeded and the grass is looking amazing now.  Garden beds have been weeded, an archway put in and climbing plants have been planted.  

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Nature Notes and a Weekend in the Garden

Another lovely weekend spent in the garden. I do love it when it is warm and sunny, it seems to energise me and I can actually get things done which in turn makes me feel so much more satisfied.

On Saturday we popped over to Bunnings...I was delighted to see this store opening over here as I was familiar with it from NZ.  It hasn't disappointed so far.  A big warehouse style store, and good prices on a whole.

We'd taken our son over there as he needed to get a few bathroom items.., but we ended up coming home with so much more!

Another two roses for the garden, a 'patio' standard rose which will be going in along our pathway - there is currently a small rose in the spot I am going to plant it in, so I will move that rose.  We also got a lovely white climbing rose...names to come...................  we also bought an Asiatic lily 'Orange Joy'  and a Coreopsis 'Golden Sphere'.  

I've already put both these in pots.

The best thing we got though was some 'EZborder'  It really was 'easy' to install as well - I did it myself.  We have been wondering what to do about the edging of the rose garden as it constantly spills out onto the path as the bricks aren't high enough. This was simple to install and doesn't look too bad.  Better than every other option we had seen so far.  I am rather pleased with it.  Now just need to get some new bark for the garden.

Before, all rather messy and often spilling over onto the path.

After - still need to tidy up the falling rose petals, but so much neater already.  Next job is to weed and then re-bark the garden.

Just need to clear out the little edging and put down some new shingle.

The 'gap' we had beside the fence in the back garden we have planted Ceanothus "Skylark"


Today I have been busy out in the garden again.  Unlike a lot, I find the sun and heat energises me and finally I am getting things done and able to ignore the pain levels to some extent - although it did take me quite a long time to get moving this morning.

I have planted up the wooden wheelbarrow


  Yesterday I cleaned out the pond and refilled it.  I still have to work out what to plant around the actual pond, everything I have tried so far hasn't survived!


Wooden wheelbarrow planted up.

 I have planted a small begonia, Coleous Kong, Lobelia Hot Tiger and Begonia Santa Cruz.

I have planted 'Peach Patio' the Patio Standard Rose down our pathway.

It is such a pretty rose, with a delicate fragrance.

The little patio rose that was in this space I have transplanted to another spot in the rose garden.

Difficult to see in this bright light.

'White Star' a Harkness Climbing Rose has been planted beside the other climbing rose, I am hoping they will eventually both intertwine and should look gorgeous. 

This was it yesterday.

Today it has opened right up.

It is a very pretty white rose.

My other birthday rose 'Birthday Girl', a Floribunda rose I have planted in a pot for now.  My rose garden really can't fit in any more roses!

My other birthday rose 'Birthday Girl', a Floribunda rose I have planted in a pot for now.  My rose garden really can't fit in any more roses!

Beside the patio against the wall of the house I have planted Jasminoides Trachelospermum, this is an evergreen, so I am hoping it will grow well here.  Still need to put up some trellis for it to climb up.

I have two more Jasmine plants to put in the garden, just need to work out where...I am running out of space!

The clematis is looking fabulous over my Cavy Shed.

The hanging baskets are starting to fill out 

Just love my quiet little seating area and spend time out here everyday. 

A few roses:

The guinea pigs are enjoying getting out on the grass.  Our garden is quite shaded out the back so it is reasonably cool for them which is good.

Lastly, while I was busy in the garden this morning I had a very close companion, who at times was just a hand distance away - I could have stroked her!  She was busy gathering a beak full of worms, so I am wondering if she is still feeding young.