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Offline Eric Hardy

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #450 on: November 25, 2016, 12:11:06 am »
We have taken the bull by the horns and Paul, who helps us in the garden has laid some nice new turf all over our vegetable patch. We no longer grow our own veggies and we have quite enough flower beds so now there is more lawn to cut. Anthea thought it was a waste of money but I told her to think of it as an investment. We no longer will have to pay Paul to dig it over and weed it several times a year  :)

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #451 on: November 26, 2016, 02:24:57 pm »
Awwww :'(
That is not an easy decision to make Eric.

I'm planning to "decommission" an area which I use for potatoes for a different reason.
The boys want the football "pitch" extended ::)

I have to agree - it will be much easier to mow that to cultivate each year. A patch like that quickly reverts to nature.
I have enough "wild life" areas without it ;D so the birds etc wont miss it too much.

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #452 on: November 28, 2016, 04:25:13 pm »
The Cotoneaster has a lot of berries this year, does this mean a hard winter or is that an old wives tale?



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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #453 on: November 29, 2016, 12:09:31 pm »
O.W.T. The Cotoneasters in our garden are well berried every year. the ones on the way to friend's house are also always smothered in them.  Strangely though the birds do not seem to eat them like they do the Holly and the Haws.

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #454 on: November 29, 2016, 12:38:57 pm »
I find our Blackbirds save them (and Pyracantha) until Christmas week 8)
It happens every year (at least that's when I notice them first).
They are stripped over the next few months.
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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #455 on: November 29, 2016, 02:09:15 pm »
Our berries seem to stay there until they drop off and make a carpet on the ground and the summer house roof.  I always imagined there was something about them the birds don't like. On the other hand we once had a flock of fieldfares  descend on us and strip every berry in sight in a few hours.

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #456 on: November 29, 2016, 02:34:30 pm »
They are fussy about their diet, that's for sure.

I have a number of varieties of Sorbus (Rowan Tree).
One with small red berries is stripped as soon as they are ripe every year - by the Starlings.
They arrive in a flock and after an amusing sight of frantic activity its bye bye Berries ;D
Its been there since my fathers day and he noticed how they took our berries very early and not those of our neighbours.

In the front garden I have 3 trees with larger red berries and another small one with yellow berries (all grown from seed I collected in approx 1994).
They are definitely less popular. The Thrushes seem to go for them eventually.
I just did a survey - ALL berries are gone from the Rowan trees already this year.

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #457 on: December 28, 2016, 09:55:32 am »
The cotoneaster berries are still clinging on.
This was taken a few minutes ago and the frost is still visible on the summerhouse roof.


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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #458 on: December 28, 2016, 10:05:44 am »
I think all the berries except for Sorbus cashmeriana (white berries) have gone this year.

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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #459 on: December 29, 2016, 06:13:59 pm »
That's a magnificent bush Eric! Thanks for posting the photo.

The berries on our Cotoneaster horizontalis (which grows vertically against a high wall ::)) have largely survived Christmas ;D

I had a bumper crop of apples this year. Knowing that the blackbirds like to pick at them, I left the surplus where they fell around the trees at the top of the garden.
I can see lots of blackbird activity up there.
Its been mild this winter as you know. I reckon they are keeping the berries in reserve for the hard weather when (if?) it arrives.

Hope you enjoyed Christmas everyone :)
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Re: Eric & Anthea's garden at different times of year.
« Reply #460 on: December 31, 2017, 08:29:34 am »
There is so little colour in the garden now I thought I would go round the house taking pictures of what we have indoors at the moment. Most were taken yesterday or this morning but about three of the orchids were taken just before Christmas.