Oh the joy of waking up to hear that this dastardly practice is going to be consigned to history and that housing densities are going to be reduced too. Of course it is tempting to sell off a bit of garden, especially if there is a neglected bit at the end, but these are just the areas that sustain wildlife in our suburban and inner city gardens. With any luck this will also promote the idea of garden-sharing. Read about garden sharing here.
It may be National Birdbox Week, but the birds in my garden think they can find their own nesting places thank you. One of our robins has been very busy transporting nesting material into the ivy in the courtyard garden and a blackbird has found a similar spot high up on the front wall. It reminds me that, despite its bad press, ivy is a wonderful plant for the wildlife. If you are looking for a nesting box check out our birdboxes or visit www.recyclingwood.org.uk – it’s a wonderful social project producing stylish and practical products – including birdboxes.
Birdbox disguised as security camera
Thompson & Morgan’s Buddleja ‘Buzz’™ was recently named the Best New Plant Variety. It is the first Buddleja that has been specifically bred to be a dwarf variety and is ideal for growing in patio pots and containers. Despite its compact nature, Buddleja ‘Buzz’ still boasts all the qualities it’s larger cousins are famous for, such as the huge sprays of flowers known for attracting butterflies and wildlife into the garden. The compact plants grow to just one metre high and will be smothered in flowers all summer long. Plants are available in three colours ivory, lavender and magenta. There is usually an incentive to buying more than one plant with the buddleja buzz offer.
Like many gardens throughout the country, we found that the snow brought many unusual and welcome visitors. Thrushes are fairly rare here now, but there were several hopping about along with redwings and fieldfares who were tussling with the resident blackbirds for the birdfood we provided. It was lovely while it lasted.
A rare sight.