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Following a lovely week end – well for February , it was such a treat to spend the whole week end in the garden.We ve only been here a year and the garden hadnt been touched for at least 20 years that any one could remember.

Old tyres chairs ivy growing from the walls across the lawn up through a strangled lilac and meeting on the other side..you needed a torch to see it even during daylight.

The wildlife of course loved it and gradually accepted our presence.
Last autumn seemed to spend days clearing sycamore leaves I then put damaged windfall apples on them and the blackbirds spent the winter months gorging on them and turning the leaves over they have created brilliant leaf mould for me !


Not pretty but very effective – thank you.


The small hardy cyclamen are appearing


The crocus are coming through more regularly .. oh lost my marbles years ago and keep digging them up in the garden – dont think I ll ever find them all again !


The remains of a giant over grown buddleia and ivy from the walls ..borders cleared means all our little helpers can move back in.


Jenny wren can clear all the little bugs from the apple tree.


Robin can get back to grubbing around amongst the plants


And blackbird can take a well deserved bath … not sure where those bubbles coming from suppose that goes with a high fruit diet ..no wonder he bathes alone !

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Lovely photos.
The blackbird has his own jacuzzi.
That's definitely wildlife friendly. Lol.

22 Feb, 2009

 

Fantastic Spring/Wildlife Blog Ray/Jane i love all the Photos they made me giggle along of cos with your Story line :) I wonder how many Bubbles Cyril would make after eatting all those Gassy Nuts lol :)

22 Feb, 2009

Ams
Ams
 

titter ye not....

22 Feb, 2009

 

Maybe Twiggy will have the answer to that one Jacque,and those poor babies ! Lol

22 Feb, 2009

 

Can't wait to see all the things you discover coming up in your 'lost' garden!

22 Feb, 2009

 

We dug up a building Elke..lots of glass and rubble.transformed it into a pond last April ! Keep finding bits of old pottery,and the odd glass marble . Lol

22 Feb, 2009

 

That looks a very old tree BB. Your garden is going to be a wildlife haven :o)

22 Feb, 2009

 

Bit of a worry Hywel..fruits well but the trunk is almost hollow...never mind the birds love it and as its been there for many years will let nature take its course !

22 Feb, 2009

 

Yes it would be a shame to get rid of it.

22 Feb, 2009

 

As usual lovely photographs, BB and the bubbling blackbird made me laugh. I am a bit concerned that you have lost your marbles though!

22 Feb, 2009

 

Never do that Hywel..may just have to reduce the weight of it,in time,and lop a few branches..........

22 Feb, 2009

 

Bonkers your blogs are always a pleasure to read, ............Thanks this one was lovely.....

22 Feb, 2009

 

You always give us great photos BB....lovely blog.....I'm sure your birds are as thrilled seeing you as you are them!

22 Feb, 2009

 

Let me read that again...oh yes that's right lol

22 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks Milky..after all this harsh weather was so good to get out into the garden and actually DO something.Hope y
ou got some good weather too !

22 Feb, 2009

amy
Amy
 

I enjoyed hearing about the changes you have been making in your garden ,turning it from an almost derlict patch into a lovely garden and wildlife haven , the birds and Cyril / Twiggy obviously love sharing it with you , The photos, are brilliant , I,m sure you will find your Marbles BB .. look in Cyrils and Twiggys drey they might be sitting on them .. LOL...

22 Feb, 2009

 

Hi Janey..yes still expecting first class cuisine,and were getting increasingly fed up of our tidying up.This means nothing to them,and after a couple of hours were shaking their claws as if to say get out of here and let us continue to feed in OUR garden ! Lol

22 Feb, 2009

 

Lost them years ago Amy,but they keep popping up in unexpected places.! Cyril not been seen for 3 days...waiting to see what is going on !

22 Feb, 2009

 

You are inundated with treasures Bb,as usual loved photo,s and your comments...........

22 Feb, 2009

 

Hi Bonkers ,
Thanks for the lovely Blog and it's great that you have been able to get into the garden again and do some chores. We have so much to do in the garden, and there are signs of spring bulbs beginning to shoot. It's been lovely here today with sun and blue skies.
All best wishes to you and Jane. xx

22 Feb, 2009

 

Aww thanks Lincslass a bonkers garden but we love it .

Thank you Grenville - following your lovely blog about your bulbs we invested in some Queen of the Night tulips interspersed with pink and white tulips I forget the name of ....that ll be detention from Spritz no doubt .

They are actually sprouting and who knows we may have some flowers to share with goy members this year !

No news about the party week end ? Alans cordon bleu cooking .. details please sounds mouth watering .x x

22 Feb, 2009

 

enjoyed you blog BB....Don't look too hard for those marbles...I'm concerned your blogs will be different if you found them all. :) You folks had nice weather this weekend...we had 3 inches of snow. :( I still played in the dirt in the basement though. :)

23 Feb, 2009

 

Fantastic blog as usual BB. Love your photos and the story attached. Poor blackbird. No wonder he's an outcast.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Great wildlife you have. Lovely reading your blog and looking at the pictures, well done.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Great photos Bonkers! Love the wren in particular. Isn't it lovely to be able to get out into the garden again, with everything being so exciting at this time of year. Plants coming up with new growth feel like old friends.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks Bonkers for a great blog and lovely photos. Can't wait until the next one.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Love the Robin, Wren & Blackbird,

23 Feb, 2009

 

You have some great wildlife in your garden and lovely photos loved the ones of the wren.. the wren in my garden hops about so quickly i cant take a photo..... glad to see youve at least found one of your marbles lol......

23 Feb, 2009

 

A satisfying days gardening BB. Great pics.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Yes, it was great to get outside in the sunshine again. At last I have emptied my composted bin, evicted a rat who seemed to have taken up residence there, and mulched the clematis and various other shrubs and perennials. The bin is ready to compost the next six months prunings etc.again.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Lovely blog & photos as always, well done.

23 Feb, 2009

 

great blog again! lovely photos i like the thought of the blackbird and his own jacuzzi (hee hee)

23 Feb, 2009

 

Thank you all for your kind comments,and yes it was so good to get back out there after this long hard winter.Most of the birds are surprisingly tame now having eaten us out of house and home for months ! Wouldnt have it any other way ! Lol

23 Feb, 2009

 

I loved all the photos! You are soooo lucky to have that tree, don't get rid of it whatever you do!!!

25 Feb, 2009

 

No chance Craftnutter..a very old apple tree which fruits well and the hollow trunk is home to so much wildlife....will look after it.............

25 Feb, 2009

 

BB, your Secret Garden is fascinating! Sounds like you've both done lots of hard work getting it sorted but it must have been amazing not knowing what you were going to find.

26 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks Dawn...lots more work to do,but a garden is never finished is it ! Just keeps growing and changing.Chopped the buddleia to just 3 feet,but got rid of a lot of dead wood...plenty of new growth at base so butterflies will be able to enjoy it again this year !

26 Feb, 2009

 

It's so good to be able to get out and about again though isnt it. The butterflies will be smiling :0

26 Feb, 2009

 

So will we....not long to clocks forward....brilliant..long evenings again !

26 Feb, 2009

 

I cannot wait. The last Saturday night in March isnt it? When we change the clocks. Let's hope we have a good summer with lots of balmy evenings to enjoy - I'm not holding my breath though.

26 Feb, 2009

 

Lets hope for the best Dawn...last year was a washout,and not good for the wildlife either : (

26 Feb, 2009

 

And 2007 was just something else ....

26 Feb, 2009

 

Yes Dawn..think we are due a good one.Myth has it that a good summer follows a harsh winter so fingers crossed !!

26 Feb, 2009

 

Yes, fingers crossed x x

26 Feb, 2009

 

Great pictures

26 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks Adam..........

26 Feb, 2009

 

What a great bird condo compliments of Mother Nature.
We had snow this week but it didn't last. Didn't seem to bother my grape hyacinths peeking out to look for Spring.

28 Feb, 2009

 

Glad to see youre getting signs of spring....think its cheering everyone up....thanks so much for your comments !

28 Feb, 2009

 

I know my comments are belated but I am new to GoY so I know you'll forgive me"

Ace blog and it must be a real pleasure to 'find' so much hiding in your garden and no doubt makes every day exciting. Very good of the wildlife to let you move in eh!

Also love the humour.....one after my own heart.

29 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Oddbillie.Thank you for taking the time to trawl through our blogs! You are so right...feel proud and privileged that the wildlife feel so secure in our garden.Try to help them as much as possible..its a hard life out there !

Sometimes their expressions just lend themselves to funny captions ! Lol

29 Jul, 2009

 

You're welcome. Tis still raining here so plenty of time to keep trawling....

29 Jul, 2009

 

Same here....and strong winds too.Doesnt stop the birds though.Just been mobbed for mealworms by the robin family.Lol.

29 Jul, 2009

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