National Gardening Week: my contribution #3

The other day we went to a local garden centre and I could have spent THOUSANDS of pounds.
If nothing else, we came away with plenty of ideas as to what to do with the rest of our back garden which is quite plain and boring.
We want to get the birds in, so are on the lookout for ‘easy care’ (read low maintenance) resilient shrubs and plants that will not only add colour but attract birds, bees and butterflies. We don’t want to spend a fortune as the soil here is pretty crappy and it would be just our luck for most to die, so I’m putting a budget of about £50 on it.
We did see a two hanger bird feeder stand for £5 and a metal archway that stands about seven feet tall for £13 which we could train clematis up. There’s a special offer on those.

We’ve also downloaded drawings for bird boxes and a bird table. Tit Terrace Two here we come.
Hubby made me a bird table one Christmas when we were in our one bedroom box (1990-1996) as we had no spare money and were trying desperately to get out of negative equity.
It was brilliant, and he ‘planted it’ in the garden in his jimjams because I was so excited when he presented it to me early Christmas morning!
By the time we got dressed, it was occupied……….. by the fluffy persian cat from across the way, so Hubby put spikes in the stand to stop it climbing in again.
We had the usual visitors, blackbirds, robins and a variety of tits, but sadly the weather got the better of it and it didn’t come with us when we moved.
One of the birdhouses for sale at the garden centre was almost £400. Yeah, that’s not a misprint or misplaced decimal point. Four hundred smackers (but it was rather nice).

Before we do anything though, we have to measure up.
Might be having a field trip today…………………………


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to National Gardening Week: my contribution #3

  1. colinandray says:

    We used to get a lot of birds in our garden from strategic shrub planting and, of course, regular supply of food in various feeders. It became a problem however. So many of our winged visitors had no table manners whatsoever, and the result was bird seeds on the ground around the feeders. We did have some ground feeders, but they could not keep the area clear. The result was in increase in rodent activity, and seeds going moldy on the ground. Introduce Ray into that scenario and there are potential problems. Just some thoughts.

  2. colinandray says:

    Note: ground feeders = birds

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