Friday, 24 November 2017

Not Black, not Grey... it's Red Friday :-)

After the first ever Red squirrel garden visits spotted earlier last November, expecting them to return in 2017 was a very faint thought indeed. That really would be greedy to be so very privileged again… but one very alert and no nonsense one has!

For the past three, very different weather wise, lunchtimes I have been so very, very lucky to be at home, sipping homemade soup by my gardenwatch window to see a red squirrel feeding at our garden peanut feeder! What a delightful lunch companion it has been too :-)

NOV 22: Wednesday, a dark dreich day – the red squirrel brightened up.

NOV 23: Thursday, chilly with sunshine – the red squirrel is so comical to watch.

NOV 23: Thursday, the red squirrel stops feeding only very briefly to look around.
Little did it known that it had a queue of watchers, me, 2x magpies one on post very close by, Woodpigeons on fav garden perches plus other regular birds too.

NOV 24: Friday, heavy snow for a bit, how brilliant to get the chance to see and photograph this wonderful charismatic animal with snow – fantastic…

NOV 24: Friday, magpies didn’t come close to the red squirrel but smaller birds did.
Capture of today has to be the little wren standing its ground… just brilliant :-)

This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2017.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Answer: The building of a wildlife pond

Question: What would you say blogging has inspired you to do in your garden that you didn’t expect? Please leave your answers in a comment :-)

It’s fair to say that garden blogging changes the way we look at our gardens. In our pursuit of supporting photos we discover small details often overlooked. We become inspired by further research, posts by other garden bloggers and drawn to aspects of gardening never remotely considered when we published that first blog post.

AUG 30: Common Darter resting on pondside bergenia leaves.

Happy 11th Birthday, shirls gardenwatch!!! I seriously never expected to be publishing this birthday post today. Wow… eleven years. Thanks to blogging with you I’ve turned my garden into a space that so much wildlife visits, that I never imagined, but at the same time I’ve kept my plant lover’s garden too. I found a fun creative outlet in taking photos, videos and writing in a variety of styles. I’ve ‘met’ some great people along the way too :-)

THANK-YOU to everyone who has continued to pop by during a more sparse year of blog posts and blog browsing. I have seriously appreciated seeing your comments come through. Our interactions with our gardens is one of the great aspects of garden blogging. You all continue to inspire me drawing me back to post when I can.

Wishing you all a great week ahead! Below are some links that might inspire you or someone you know to build a garden wildlife pond :-)

Creating Garden Ponds for Wildlife - Freshwater Habitats Trust
Pond construction and repair - The Royal Horticultural Society
Wildlife Pond Pack - The Wildlife Trusts

This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2017.