The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is at the end of the month and I have heaps to chat about but I'm off to a slow blogging start for 2014. My plan was (still is) to share observations at the bird feeders in a particular way to help and inspire people to take part with a count. The birds would benefit too which is the best outcome :-)
Writing a garden blog really can benefit all that grows and lives in our gardens. One garden visitor leads to another. One garden photo leads to many more too and garden videos bring observations to a different level again. Then the planting and feeding experiments come and this closer look at what’s been going on in our gardens brings surprise visitors – who would have thought?
Who would have thought that, 7 years ago, 37 species of birds would be seen visiting my small, town garden? I definitely wouldn’t have! Like many people about to join in with their 1st Birdwatch count, it all began quite simply with a couple of hanging bird feeders (when my daughter was doing a school bird project over a summer).
By November I took the blogging plunge and began sharing our garden visitors. Regular blog visitors will know that shirls gardenwatch began simply too – as a way to share images of the small charismatic Robin with my homesick friend in Australia. After a few blog posts (short at that time), I emailed her the blog link and she thought it one of the kindest things anyone had done for her at that time. Knowing I had one interested blog visitor then kept me going and I’ve had a ball gardenwatching ever since.
It is with great sadness, here on my blog, I wish to say thank-you and goodbye to my kind, well-loved and respected friend who died in a tragic accident on the 1st working week day of 2014. Her family will be in shock for some time to come. I am holding on to the happy photo images in my head of her visit to Scotland during Autumn last year and the ball she had on her visit to New York for a week before returning to Australia.
Rest in Peace my friend, here in my Scottish garden 2014 will be an interesting gardenwatching year with my wildlife pond waiting for new life to find it. I will continue to feed the birds sharing stories and images on my blog hoping to inspire bird feeding in more gardens. As always, I will have thoughts of you when taking photographs and video of the Robin xxx ooo
Hellebore orientalis, Iris reticulate (yay – I finally planted some),
Autumn Joy sedum thinking its Spring!
To my blogging friends, I’d like to wish you all a belated Happy New Year and a Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for today. It’s not been a particularly cold January 15th 2014 in my Perthshire garden – a bit dreich though. We haven’t much in the way of flowers here but the plants think spring is on the way – big mistake. I look forward to seeing what has been in flower with you all soon :-)
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in January 2014.