From gliding swallows to feisty thrushes, the RSPB helps us identify which birds will be making an appearance in your garden now that the summer sun has arrived.
Strictly speaking, the duck is not a garden bird for most of us, though some people may be lucky enough to have a few resident mallards if there’s a pond or river nearby. Ducks are, however, a particularly interesting bird to focus on in summer because of their startling transition that begins in August. It is now when these aquatic birds begin the process of moulting – that is, the loss and subsequent replacement of their feathers.
Like other birds, ducks have just come through a very hectic breeding season, and many are looking a little worse for wear. With tired, tatty feathers, they are just as in need of a new autumn wardrobe as we are. All birds moult at some point during the year, but ducks are unusual in that they lose all of their flight feathers at once. This leaves them unable to fly and therefore vulnerable to predators during the moulting process.
The post-breeding moult happens to many garden birds at this time of year. This makes them harder to spot because they have lost their bright feathers. Many will also be lying low due to their newfound vulnerability alongside exhaustion caused by breeding and moulting.
In July, house martins may still be flitting around their distinctive domed nests up in the eaves of a roof. These pretty, chattering little birds will now be looking after their second or even third brood of the year.
House martin’s nests are carefully crafted from beakfulls of soft mud which hardens in the sun. Inside there’s a soft lining of feathers and leaves. The chicks, usually four or five of them, are raised on a diet of flying
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There are many mint varieties famous for their refreshing taste. These different Types of Mint offer a diverse range of flavors and scents, making them a fascinating subject of exploration. In this article, you will delve into the captivating world of many forms of this amazing herb.
Multiseason Garden Bed with Hesse Cotoneaster Get fall garden interest that lasts into winter with this easy-care plant combination featuring a Hesse cotoneaster shrub. Fall into winter with multiseason plants
Today we’re visiting with Rachel, a gardener and artist living in Elgin, Illinois (Zone 5b). She moved in 2022 to 1.5 acres and is in the process of designing and planting a fabulous front garden. She’s also diving into forest restoration for the back half-acre—making it beautiful for wildlife and her kiddos.
A few weeks ago, frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took us along on her visit to Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington (GPOD on the Road: Bellevue Botanical Garden) but she sent too many photos to share that day, so we’re going back today to see some more of the beautiful images of this inspiring public garden.
Several times a year a visitor to our garden is shocked to find a rogue steak knife pierced downward in one of the beds, as if it were an escapee from our kitchen knife block. I’m always quick to tell them that it’s indeed where I meant to place it, and that I haven’t found any tool as great as a serrated knife when it comes to removing grass or root systems. It’s perfect for edging small areas or pulling up entire sheets of grass; all I have to do is start on one side and pull up as I carefully saw back and forth. It can be a cheap purchase from a thrift store—or in my case, the way I finally convinced my husband that we needed a new set of kitchen knives.
Moss campion plant (Silene acaulis) is a rock garden plant native to the Arctic tundra and high mountains of Europe and North America. In the U.S., it is confined to the Western mountains and New England, particularly Maine and New Hampshire. Its mat-forming, evergreen foliage is found tucked away in elevations too high for trees to grow, with harsh winters and short summers. While it cannot survive in the shade, it prefers moist soil.
Autumn has officially arrived which means honey coloured leaves have been shed from their trees, dew sparkles on the morning grass, and gardeners can take a deep breath — the hardest work of the year has been done, and now we have to consider how best to protect the garden for the arrival of frosts. There is still much to enjoy in golden interest, stems of Stipa gigantea, the rich burgundy reds of Panicum ‘Hänse Herms’, the dainty blues of Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, and the dahlias will continue if you’re regimented about deadheading.
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