Updates #atozchallenge

How are you doing? Not long to go now. Starting a week late and catching up in a week seemed like a good idea but I’m flagging. And just when we get to yet more hard letters. What was I thinking?

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Well, I’m constantly heading outside each morning to update myself on life in my  garden. Things change all the time. Above is what this years blackcurrants currently look like. My beans are doing well. The tulip’s have gone over but the aquilegia’s out.

A2Z aquilegia

And while we’ve all been enjoying everyone’s amazing blogs I didn’t quite manage to clear everything off my veg plot, more about that tomorrow, gripping I know. Here’s what the bluebells look like today.

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Thermometer #atozchallenge

Most of the winter I’m not that interested in the temperature, other than, is the water frozen or not? Then we get to spring and, if I’ve grown some plants from seed, I want to know what the night and day temperatures have been and spend each morning checking my thermometer in the greenhouse. I love seeing what the overnight temperature was then being shocked at yesterdays day temperature particularly this year when the early April day temperature in my greenhouse nearly reached the top.

A2Z thermometer 

When there’s little chance of frost overnight I move my seedlings into the greenhouse and begin my annual ritual of checking each morning and evening to see how they’re getting on. It’s very therapeutic. I’m not sure if it feels the same if you’re a farmer and doing this with fields of seed but I don’t see why not. There’s something in humans that we like to grow things and feel great when it works. Mind you nature’s been pretty good at growing from seen without us for millennia. 

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Such serious S’s to choose from #AtoZchallenge

A2Z Snakes head fritillarySnow, shed, Snake’s head fritillary, seedlings, sparrows, starlings, sprouts and saplings were the first to come to mind. Others included sacrifice, sense and see then there’s snowdrops, suckers and sanity.

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As we head towards the final week of this blogging challenge, I’ll let you peruse some of the images I’d post if I wrote about some of these. Many of which are already used for other letters so I’m only posting three here.

A2Z Sparrows

Since I’m beginning to come to a stop I’m assuming you’ll be able to work out which pictures would go with which letters.

Sometimes it’s easier when you have less choice, no?

Thanks for popping by.

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about gardening, Lynne style.

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Redcurrants and robins #AtoZchallenge

My freezer is getting full of frozen redcurrants. The blackcurrants don’t last long but I seem to have less things I bake with redcurrants.

A2Z frozen redcurrants

Redcurrant sauce is about it and putting a sprig of them on the place when I eat certain meats. Hmm, yeah that’s about it. Any recipe ideas let me know. Looks like it will be another bumper crop of redcurrants this year.

A2Z red currant flowers

Now onto another favourite in the garden, this here robin or two or three.. There’s always robins in my garden. Many of you will have a different type. Here’s a few pics of mine.

A2Z robin waiting

Much bolder than the starlings who fly at the slightest of movements. As soon as I step onto my patio the/a robin comes to see what I’m up to.

A2Z Robin bath crop a

When I’m inside they enjoy having a bath in peace.

A2Z Robin bath crop

I’ve started putting things around the garden in the hope that I can get some fab pictures of them sitting on different objects. Not much luck yet, I’ll have to get a better camera first. Here’s as far as I’ve got.

Waiting spot

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Quaint #AtoZChallenge

I was going to try to be clever and do q is for Quercus but then remembered I have no oak in my garden. I thought of using the green man I made but that fell to pieces and the other one I’ve got wasn’t made by me then I remembered the other things I’ve made recently and thought ‘they’re quaint’ I had my Q.

I’ve made garden furniture in the past, long gone and has since become the dead wood pile for insects and other creatures.

AtoZ zany woodland fun

This year, after doing a short workshop using modelling clay I remembered I had lots somewhere in the house and went and created many quaint bits of garden ornaments. Oh, I’m sure they won’t survive next years frost but, for now, they’re making me smile. Lots of miniature fungi, plant pots and doors.  

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Peas #AtoZChallenge

Most of my AtoZ has been about plants on my patio and I could easily have done the whole theme on the patio but no. I’m heading down to the Vegetable plot. Mind you they’re currently in the greenhouse.

A2Z pea shoot

The spot where the peas should be planted out is currently under piles of bramble and buddleigh cuttings. The bigger the pea shoots get the less time I have to get their final resting place ready. I know, what am I doing sat here writing? Better go get busy in the garden, what a shame. 

A2Z pea plants

There’s something about picking your own peas fresh from your garden. Mind you I say that about all the vegetables I grow. It’s been a few years since my veg plot’s been functioning, I’ve been telling myself I let it have a fallow few years.

This is the year, the year for peas.

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Ox-eye daisies #atozchallenge

Many years ago someone gave me some plants. I put them where I thought they’d be best and waited to see what would happen. It didn’t take long they gave a great show that year and for maybe the one after but within no time they moved. They preferred the light on my patio, I think they got more water there and they seemed to like less soil. In amongst the patio slabs, they grew giving me an amazing show each year. They’re there again this year and I’m looking forward to seeing them when they flower.

A2Z Ox-eye daisiesThey’re ox-eye daisy’s. They self seeded where they were happier. I’d not picked the best place for them but that didn’t matter, so long as they can get one seed year they’ll find the better place and continue to thrive.

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Noisy (gore warning) #AtoZChallenge

We’re not completely back onto the murmurations.

My garden’s very noisy. Normally, during the day the birds compete with the traffic from the dual carriageway which is, unfortunately, within earshot. The day they work out how to effectively silence the noise from roads will be amazing.

A2Z starling bath

The noise I prefer in my garden is that of the birds. From 4am when the dawn chorus pipes up to later in the day when the starlings are having their baths. It’s rare but I did hear a less happier sound this year.

A2Z Wildlife isn't always fluffy

The sparrow hawk who, last year, loved dove went for starling for supper one day earlier this year. Whilst it’s all part of nature and if I will encourage and help some then seeing their predators is also something I treasure, this was a heart rendering sound and definitely not a nice thing to watch. I tried to intervene but the sparrow hawk flew further away with it’s meal.

At the moment, with British Summer Time I can catch the Dawn chorus in full swing at 5am. I sit on my patio all wrapped up with my first cuppa tea and enjoy the sounds as they wake up all around me. It changes around 5:20 and sounds like it begins a bit louder further away. Someone else has woken up. It must be like that as dawn starts around the globe. Thats an odd thought.

A2Z woodpecker crop

A final thought on noise. Whilst I have woodpeckers visiting daily at the moment I’ve not heard their traditional drumming.

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Mornings leading to Murmurations #atozchallenge

Sshhh, I want to tell you a secret. Mum’s the word..

In the mornings I have this routine.. most mornings.

AtoZ Starling 

I provide breakfast for some very hungry visitors. I feed starlings. There, I’ve said it. That’s one little bit of self sacrifice towards the natural world that lives around me. And then when I see the mini murmurations that fly over my back garden from November – February I think to myself. ‘You know, you’ve probably helped that happen.’ It’s a little thing but if each of us did our own little bit towards keeping a wonderful natural environment around us imagine what a difference we could make.  I’m sure I’ve taken some photo’s of the local mini-murmurations but you’ll have to imagine them as I might have just watched them and remembered them in my mind.

A2Z starlings hanging around

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Leylandii or light #AtoZchallenge

Lawn would have been an obvious L but I’m not a big lawn person and my lawn’s disappeared (more about that if you’re still with me at Y).

Yesterdays blog post went on a bit didn’t it? Sorry about that. Maybe that’s why it’s not yet got any comments. Here’s a slightly shorter one and I only have one picture to illustrate it.

When I bought this house I bought it for the garden. I noticed the leylandii hedge and quizzed myself how I’d cope with it. It was one garden away so not an immediate neighbourly dispute issue. Life went on. Some of it got cut down, then being less sheltered and supported, one tree broke a bit of my fence when it fell in the wind one year. A couple of the trees were left and carried on being home to many birds and, in winter, one of the roosting places for the starling murmuration.

AtoZ light

A few weeks ago I came home and Wow. Someone had let the light in. The remaining leylandii had been removed. What they gave me was a glade in the forest. this picture is where I’d normally have had dark green, It never occurred to me to take a picture of it because I didn’t realise it wouldn’t be there anytime soon. When butterflies came out of hibernation this year they used the open glade to meet, greet and mate which was a pleasure to watch. My view’s changed, I’ll get used to it. There’s still other places for the starlings to roost and other birds to nest. Life and homes move on and, in a garden, there’s lots of changes each season and, sometimes, each year.

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