Category Archives: alder garden

wildlife Wednesday ~ December

Blackbird, as it rained most of November and December has started the same, infact if the last 4 years are to go by then the rain won’t even begin to slow down now until next May at the earliest, I found it easier last year to just accept it rather than keep hoping tomorrow, next week it could be dry enough to work in the garden, so this month the only wildlife photos I managed to capture are through the window,

Blackbird through the window, when I go into my workroom which has a west facing window over looking the alder garden area, I often see birds hopping around picking at wee morsels, since I have got the grass (almost) cleared under the alders and planted with a variety of mostly wildlife friendly plants, it has become even more popular, and with the trees getting larger there is some shelter for them too, this blackbird was pecking around in the fallen leaves, sorry but I have to repeat that, fallen leaves, you see trees being large enough to produce even this small quantity of leaf litter was unknown here just a couple of years ago, anyway, sorry I digress, the blackbird through the window,
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I have cropped into some of the photos and used my very old version of PSE3 to make them a bit clearer, just in case you still cannot make him out or do not know what European blackbird look like, this is a male which is totally black with a bright orange beak, so not easy to see in dark leaves ….
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I do not know what he was finding but every now and again he swallowed something, and something very small, not as large as the wee grey slugs that can be found lurking in such places,
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then he seemed to get very excited, his little head kept bobbing up and down, I think he had found a nest of something or maybe a load of slug eggs, which also lurk,
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when he had had his fill he flew up into the tree, wiping his beak on a branch,
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finally hopping off behind the tree out of my sight,

thank you to Tina for creating and hosting this wonderful meme, please follow the link to Tina’s blog to see more wildlife Wednesday posts,

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wordless Wednesday ~ blooming July

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the little bed

middle bed

middle bed

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the jungle

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the ditch

the ditch

alder garden

alder garden

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damp meadow

damp meadow

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birch garden

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species rose border

species rose border

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and now the wild ones

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wildflower slope

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the wild willow patch

the wild willow patch

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wild orchids

wild orchids

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blooming May

the colour for May like April is yellow, daffodils still blooming, not the same ones, the different varieties flower at different times which keeps the show running longer and the cool temps mean they stay in flower longer, amazingly the rare fine day of last Saturday turned into 2! fine days this week, so I was in the garden Wednesday and Thursday and I knew I should have taken photos for bloom day, but, when there is so much to do and days in the garden are so rare, taking photos does not seem a priority, and, of course Friday it has been rain and wind, this evening it stopped rain and the wind dropped a bit so I ventured out to take photos, some are a bit blurred due to wet and wind, the light was not the best either, photos taken between 8 and 9 pm.
I have listed the photos by area of the garden and in the same order as on the a walk in my garden page, it will help me to see what is blooming where and I thought if anyone is interested in where blooms are in relation to each other they can look at the plan on the a walk in my garden page,
front garden little bed, I don’t like the colour combination here and intend moving the tulips,
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middle bed, new last autumn, Euphorbia ‘Fens ruby’ the flowers are so tiny,
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jungle bed, Erica erigena ‘Brightness’ has taken over from Erica carnea ‘Golden starlet’ and Saxifraga ‘Golden falls’ is giving the golden touch, this saxifraga still amazes me, for years it sulked in the middle bed, since moving it to the jungle bed it’s like all day and night party time,
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ditch garden, almost all yellow,
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one mauve, Primula chionantha subsp.sinopurpurea
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I am so pleased with how this is looking, especially when I remember I only did it a year ago, now if I could just get the other half done,
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the primroses here are all self sown, now I have got the grass and weeds out of the bank the nice plants can seed in, I’d like a small fern,
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wildflower slope, it’s the first year since I planted these daffodils that they are flowering together, I had a closer look at the slope and the grass is a lot less and flowers more, except for the bottom I need to work on decreasing the grass there,
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RR border, Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ and  Heuchera ‘Blackberry Jam’
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dogwood border,
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damp meadow, well one end of it, not easy to get all of it in one shot, the daffodils here are going over, the wind and rain is also making them tattered, but, from the kitchen window the bobbing heads of yellow look bright,  
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tweenie, tweenie from the trees looking down to the damp meadow and beyond,
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blue and white bells, they are all multiplied from a clump I brought from my parents garden, mixed up both English and Spanish,
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tree edges,
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the green daffodils, I wanted to show one closer view of these doubles that start green and then turn a deep gold, they are the same as in the alder garden, wildflower slope, dogwood border and dotted about in other areas, they multiply a lot!
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trees, the first time there has been two spathes, the first was broken by the east wind,
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another new plant, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, with white bluebells behind, the photo I took of them came out blurred,
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birch garden, the daffodils here are either over or tattered and torn so no photos, this self sown cross between a primrose and oxslip flowers for ages every spring, same plant from both sides,
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I never got to move this cowslip in the A. mollis and as they seem quite happy together I am not going to split them up now,
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the first red campion flowers,
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well I didn’t quite manage to post on Friday the 15th, just into Saturday, my first time linking in to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, thank you Carol for hosting this meme, if you would like to see more May blooming post please follow the link through to Carol’s blog,

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