Autumn bird welcoming

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It’s coming up to the end of September, which means the return of the birdies.
As we have no bird bath in our garden, I thought I would make a cheap alternative for the Autumn. With a large plastic base, a bucket of rainwater and some oregano plants to border it, I think it makes a nice little drinking hole. It has already been approved by both the bunnies and the cat!
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As it’s not deep enough to hold any aerating plants, the water will have to be removed and replenished every now and then, but it’s not too close to the tree to get leaves in it, and gets a small amount of sun during the afternoon, so hopefully will be algae free. Plus it has the obligatory little ramp and stones for mini beasties – hopefully it’ll be frequented by plenty of feathered friends this Autumn.
Also to note this week has been the daily top up needed for the bird feeders – they’re really getting through it, and also making a mess of the grass underneath. A good job I’m not the football-ground turf-type.

Bringing the Outdoors, Indoors

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Whilst I have been focused on the outside – the Slug-Hunter has been busy with the indoors.
We now have a habitable house, and plenty of house-plants.
Taking inspiration from my brother and his pretty awesome cacti collection – the Slug-hunter has made some cute decorations with his cacti and succulents.
First off was this beast, an African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona) who sparked the love of the spikeys.
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The came the cacti boat – please note the lay-out here. I appear to be dating a cacti-loving man-child.
He attempted to plant them closer together but I was having none of it!
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And then came the mini-terrarium; we are hoping that the side opening will allow a bit of air movement for out little cactus friend.
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And finally, the Pièce de résistance is the little succulent fish bowls, can’t beat a Sunday Carboot to find cheap glassware!
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Add a little aquarium sand and the jobs a good’un.

With a fern, coelus, plenty of spider plants and the peace lily given to us by my mum, and we’ve got a nice green living room.

Happy planting.

Finally a side garden

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May 2014.
When moving into the new house – the back garden was always my priority.
It gets the most sun – I can see it from the house, and it’s where my bunnies live.
So this month I have been cracking on with the side garden.
This is how it looked in May – a few little bushes I had purchased and a lovely Sage plant picked out by the slug hunter.

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I purchased 48 butterfly-friendly plants through a great deal with Gardener’s World (best magazine subscription I have ever had), and added a few lavenders and dahlia, and my pride and joy – the Celosia caracas.
So today; it looks a little more like this –
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With particular emphasis on the Stock ‘Cinderella Mix’ (Matthiola incana) that my brother and his girlfriend gave to us when we moved in. They certainly look brilliant in the sun.

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Happy gardening.