National Gardening Week: My contribution #6

Well, it’s the final day of National Gardening Week today, and I think Hubby and I have done our fair share. We’ve worked hard and opening the back gate is now a pleasure instead of an eyesore, especially since we decided to put little wooden circles round the fruit bushes as we’d done with the roses. This is not only to protect them when we cut the grass, but we should be able to keep those areas free of weeds and add good compost to each plant when it’s needed. Also, we can aerate and improve the clay soil around the roots to make sure they are properly watered.
Including wood for the raised bed/compost bin, quality compost, trims and plants, we have spent just under £150. Thanks Mum.

When I opened the blinds the other morning, I was pleased to see we had some bird activity, though the feeders were unoccupied. Portly and Breast the Seconds were contentedly pecking at the ground underneath the feeders where some seed had no doubt fallen out when we put them up. Or if they were as canny as their original namesakes, they butted the feeders to dislodge the goodies as they are too big to feed from them directly.
Perhaps our feathered friends haven’t realised there’s a new ‘cafe’ on the block yet, though I saw a great tit in the blossom of the tree next door and two blackbirds were collecting grubs from our lawn and flying off so they have young somewhere. We have a cheeky robin too, and he was checking out the buddliah as well as the clematis. Sparrows often fly over and I saw a wren on the fence Friday evening just before we came inside, so I’m confident we shall have visitors.

Hubby and I were discussing the bird angle yesterday over a bag of chips on the way home from walking the dog, and we realised that we don’t have a bird bath! One of the things we found in the cottage was the number of birds that loved to freshen up, let alone drink, from the bird bath my family gave me for my 50th birthday. Sadly that didn’t survive the Great Sort Out either, so if we can’t get a replacement, we’ll improvise. Putting food out is all very well, but they’ll need water too, even if we are close to the sea.

(The above are google images which I have used previously)


About pensitivity101

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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2 Responses to National Gardening Week: My contribution #6

  1. scifihammy says:

    Your garden is certainly coming along nicely. I find after all the hard work it is lovely to just sit outside and enjoy it. Hopefully many birds will soon add your garden to their rounds. 🙂

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