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)