Welcoming Back the Birds

Over the summer, we removed most of our bird feeders for cleaning and to reduce the amount of spilled seed on the terrace.  I know we should probably keep food out year-round, but our neighbours do a very good job of that.  Now bleached and hanging on the bare branches of the fig tree, the […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

These pretty primrose pompoms belong to vigorous climbing rose Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’. Hailing from the mountains of China, it’s not 100% hardy in the UK, but worth experimenting with if you have a sheltered wall or large tree that needs brightening up. The emerging flowers and foliage are easily scorched by gales or late frosts […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Sophora microphylla ‘Sun King’

New Zealanders know the sophoras, or kōwhais, by the copious yellow flowers which appear in spring. These are attractive to a number of native birds because of the honey they contain. Our heathen sparrows have yet to discover the pleasures of Kōwhai, but the variety Sophora microphylla ‘Sun King’ produces an unmissable show at this […]

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Pilfering Parakeets

No, I have not been gallivanting around the world again.  This “glamorous oriental stranger”, to employ a description used by the great David Attenborough, is a rose-ringed parakeet and is now a regular visitor to our bird feeders in Broadstairs. Few things give me greater pleasure than sitting in the warmth of our dining room, […]

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