What is GBBD? Originated and still hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day it’s a monthly date where bloggers from around the world join together to post what is in flower in their gardens on the same day. It is fascinating to see these blooms that may also appear in my small Scottish garden and those that I will never see in flower here… ever :-)
What’s the date for GBBD? It’s the 15th of the month, although Carol and the others won’t mind if you are a little late to the party as I am today. On saying that, I usually make a point of taking my photos on the 15th so I feel I’ve properly taken part even though I don’t always post then.
If you are new to blogging and would like to join in please don’t feel pressure to take lots of photos (especially if you are short on time). Lists are good too or a mix of the two. Another way to look at GBBD is that it’s a great regular record of your own garden in flower that you can compare month to month, year to year… interesting to look back on especially during the winter months.
To take part with GBBD for this month all you need to do is publish your post then head over to Carol’s posting with your post URL (not your blog name one) and add your name and link to the list there. Most bloggers leave a comment on Carol’s posting too. To enjoy this festival of gardens in bloom from around the world just start clicking on the names on the list and you’re off!!
For GBBD bloggers that may stroll their way to this post I’d like to briefly mention that recently I have been posting (at length) on birds nesting in my garden in a nestbox that has had a camera. It has been fascinating to watch especially as for the first time in the last 4 years we have had a family survive. You can see my Nestbox Diary here.
The birds were Blue Tits ( Parus caeruleus) and I have photos and video from the nest build all the way to the first chick fledging. At present, I am about to edit the last video footage from the last full day of the chicks and their activity in our nestbox. The first chick fledged last Saturday night at 9:28pm. The remaining five chicks stayed overnight in the nestbox leaving very early the next morning.
Photos of our newly fledged young family in my garden would have been a special addition to GBBD but alas as yet we have not seen them visit yet. If you are new to GBBD I’d like to wish you fun with this. It is definitely a great way to meet new bloggers with the same plant interests. I have really enjoyed taking part and hope you do to.
Nepata (large skirt on the ground). Behind Stipa Gigantea flowers,
generous displays of Red Campion and Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'.
Finally, on a more personal note, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time blogging (over 3½ years) and I look forward to browsing the GBBD posts, discovering new blogs and meeting new bloggers. It has been great fun and I have enjoyed being part of this garden community.
However, now having met one of my main blogging goals to share a successful nestbox story (which has been fantastic) I now feel in a bit of a quandary where to take my blog from here. I often feel a little in ‘no mans’ blogging land posting on gardens/plants and birds/wildlife. There will always be seasonal periods for both which doesn’t make it easy for followers of one or the other. I understand this.
My biggest blogging goal has always been to try and show that you don’t need to compromise planting and design to have birds and wildlife visit your garden. In essence, gardens for wildlife don’t really need to be wild.
I will always be a plants person first and the reality is that the birds and hedgehogs don’t care if I plant Alliums or brightly coloured summer bedding (don’t do bedding though). They also don’t care if my plants are in drifts, straight lines or I alternate colours in a formal pattern (the later I don’t do either).
Aztec Peal & Ternata, Pink flowers of Red Campion & Cransebill,
Purple globe flowers from Alliums & Chives.
2010 is the Year of Biodiversity and for me I am in absolutely no doubt whatsoever on the valuable role our gardens play here. I guess unbeknown to me I’ve really being promoting Biodiversity in my blog for some time. As my plant group tastes change and I restructure beds and planting I am providing new food sources and habits for insects and birds… and they come!
My goal for this year of Biodiversity is to consider insects in the flowering plants I introduce into my garden. I think these plants are the key ones… especially for bees who have seen a decline in numbers.
I love foliage too and am a keen advocate of ground covering plants merging together and that would be a tip I’d give to new gardeners as this foliage provides home and shelter to garden wildlife… as well as keeping down on weeding ;-)
My garden project for this year is to build a new wildife pond. Although, it is the reflection of light this water will bring that I am really looking forward to I am also very keen to introduce a whole new range of plants here too. I will then sit back and do some garden watching to see what visits it! ‘If you build it they will come’… I wonder what ‘they’ will be.
Newest arrivals from Garden Show (still in pots):
Purple flower from spotted leaf hardy Orchid Dactylorhiza x Grandis.
Globe cup flower from pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea
Coming back to ‘Finally…’ I am seriously considering a break in blogging over the summer months. Blogging as I do with much chat, photos and video is taking time away from my garden at the moment. Don’t get me wrong I have loved blogging very much and really enjoyed the social side through comments and email too.
For now though, I really need to get out into my garden and get it back into order, get my pond completed and some general maintenance done. Oh yes… some weeding, pruning, cuttings taken etc too. I’d like to step away from the 'talking the talk’ for a while and get back out to ‘walking the walk’.
Before I break for the summer, I’ll post video from the last day in our nestbox and perhaps some tie up ones too.
Meanwhile, if you are new here please do say Hi in a comment and I’ll pop over for a visit to see you before I go. To my regular visitors I’d like to say a huge THANK-YOU for all your visits and comments during the time I have been blogging. It has been wonderful to meet you all… thanks so much for your support :-D
Just in case you're not back for my next couple of postings, I'd like to wish you a brilliant summer! I'll keep in touch... catch you later... now to the big question... will I be able to keep away ;-)
All photos above were taken in my garden on June 15th 2010.