How to Grow and Care for Sea Thrift Armeria maritima
09.02.2024 - 18:31 / gardenersworld.com
The bird species that visit your garden will vary depending on your location, the size of your plot, what type of plants you grow and what supplementary bird food you offer. In some areas of the UK, birds such as tree sparrows and nuthatches might be relatively common in gardens, whereas in other places they are unlikely to be seen. The birds on the list below can be seen in gardens, but none is included in the top 20 species in the last two years of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.How to identify rare British garden birds
When you see a bird that you don’t recognise in your garden, try to get a sense of how it relates to other more common species. Is it bigger or smaller than a blackbird? It is on the hanging feeders or the ground? Does it have a similar body shape or movement to other birds? What are its markings and its song or call? Is it a single bird or one of a flock? In this way you can get a sense of its characteristics and what sort of bird it is.
A photograph or quick sketch can help you identify it afterwards with a field guide or on a website. Apps like Merlin are helpful to identify bird song and joining a local group will introduce you to other people who watch birds in your area. Getting involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch is another great way to develop your ID skills, while joining a citizen science project like the British Trust for Ornithology’s BirdTrack enables you to learn more about different species and contribute to records across the UK.Waxwing, Bombycilla garrulus
With its conspicuous orange-buff crest, black eye stripe and red, white, black and gold markings on the wings and tail, the waxwing is one of our most flamboyant winter visitors. These striking birds travel to the UK in their
How to Grow and Care for Sea Thrift Armeria maritima
I must be honest and say that the petticoats are not velvet, but two pots of hooped petticoat narcissi in the Coop, Narcissus bulbocodium ‘Arctic Bells’ and ‘Casual Elegance’ (above); what is velvet, however, is a plant recommended for a cool greenhouse by well-known UK nurseryman Bob Brown. I was trying to find suitable contenders for the Coop and bit my tongue as I tried to ignore that it has yellow flowers – I am glad I did as the foliage is not only delightful but tactile too, and as a plant it has sailed through two winters with negligible attention and without batting an eyelid, looking every bit as smart as it did when I first bought it. Let me introduce you to Oxalis spiralis ‘Sunset Velvet’ (below):
A contemporary cottage garden fuses traditional cottage style with ‘naturalistic planting’, according to garden designer, Tim Pilgrim.
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This crop growing on John’s Island in Charleston are fava beans or broad beans. They are grown in small acreages in South Carolina.
Today we’re visiting with Kim Herdman in Williams Lake, British Columbia. We’ve visited her beautiful garden before (Gardening Through Intense Weather). She’s been going through a difficult time, but her garden has been a source of solace.
If you are seeing a deer like the above picture, having a tempting look at the succulents that you have grown in your garden, then keep reading my friend!
A genus of hardy herbaceous perennials, some of which are useful border plants, the dwarf species are good rock garden plants. Several are natives of the British Isles but those valued for gardens are from Europe, South America, and the Near East.
Idaho Botanical Garden If gardening in a dry climate is your challenge, the Idaho Botanical Garden has lots of solutions! Idaho Botanical Garden Boise, Idaho
Every gardener wishes they had 25 acres to garden on, right? Well maybe not, but most of us do dream of a healthy amount of ground to build beds and borders to our hearts’ desire. The reality of homeowners today, however, is that land is expensive and typical suburban lots have decreased in size steadily since the 1970s. And smaller lots mean smaller gardens. That isn’t an issue though, if you select plants that are polite and “stay in their lane” as the kids say. On this episode Danielle and Carol talk about compact plants that are prefect for tighter spaces. We’ve got several perennials, one annual, and even a few well-behaved shrubs that made the list. Filling your tiny plot with these beauties will enable you to have a wide variety of colors and textures without sacrificing an enormous amount of precious square footage.
In many places in the United States columbines (Aquilegia ssp.) still grow wild. Highbrow hybrids dominate the marketplace, but even they seem to retain some of that wildness. While cleaning out an overgrown greenhouse once, I noticed columbines of indeterminate variety growing up through the cracks between the slate floor’s slabs. In my own garden they tend to self-seed, coming up everywhere but where I intend them to be. They are much like cats, domesticated to a point, but still inclined to go their own way.
Britain and Ireland have between 32 and 35 native tree species. Numbers differ depending on how many individual species of elms and whitebeam are included, whether hybrids are listed, and which species are counted as trees and which as shrubs.