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My small suburban garden…

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Better Late Than Never…

I have to admit that due to my disappointment regarding the lack of colour and wildlife in my small suburban garden during 2015 I’ve been reluctant to venture outdoors to see if anything ‘exciting‘ is happening. However, determined that there WILL be some colour out there this year, I’ve recently purchased a large pack of …

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That Don’t Impress Me Much…

Well actually, my small suburban garden doesn’t impress me at all this year! I can’t remember the last time I was so underwhelmed with the lack of floral displays and I can’t help but wonder if Mother Nature is to blame for the fact that I’ve only seen a couple of small white butterflies and …

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Looking Good…

The sun is shining and all appears to be going according to plan in my Small Suburban Garden. The wildflower seeds I scattered in planters and borders a few weeks ago are beginning to grow (although they’d stand a better chance if the local cats would stop digging them up) and the polyanthus have decided …

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The Sun Is Out, The Sky Is Blue…

…the garden’s full of pussycat poo….. (Or it WAS until I removed it!) It’s very spring-like outdoors today and my small suburban garden is now looking tidier after I spent an hour shoving dead leaves and other garden litter into the compost bins (not the poo though!) The mini daffodils (dwarf Narcissus ‘Tête á Tête’) …

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Freezing February…

Blimey, it’s cold! My Small Suburban Garden never looks great at this time of year, but this year it seems to be suffering particularly badly. The jasmine remains determined to bud no matter how low the temperatures go but there’s not much else willing to brave the chill. A few crocuses are beginning to poke …

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Neighbour Woes Again…

The idiot next door decided to put some paving slabs down alongside my fence (on his side), however, he seemed to think it was a right laugh to shove his mess under my fence and across into MY border before putting his own fencing panel back in place. Any normal person would’ve taken their paving …

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Planning Ahead…

After several dull and damp weeks, the sunshine was a welcome visitor today. I hadn’t ventured out into the garden since I started putting the central heating on, but this afternoon I decided it was about time I popped into my small suburban garden for a quick recce. The geraniums really have been the star …

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Bargain!…

I rarely comment on my front garden as I generally don’t plant anything out there, however, a month ago Tescos were selling trays of 20 pansies at just 30p (they looked half-dead but I figured even if just 5 plants survived it’d be worth it) along with large potted chrysanthemums at just 50p each (really …

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Chive Talking…

Well, these past few days have certainly helped fill up the water butt! I’m rather grateful I haven’t suffered the severe flooding that some parts of the country have been experiencing, however, my small suburban garden is now looking very soggy indeed. The heavy downpours have saturated the soil and knocked leaves and flowers onto …

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Wet, Wet, Wet…

After spending two weeks in sunny Corfu I returned to find that the constant rain that the UK had been experiencing while I was topping up my tan had brought on my small suburban garden a treat! Before jetting off, there was no sign of geranium flowers, lavender or buddlia blooms and I’d assumed that …

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Lots of Ladybirds…

We’re in the grip of a drought (in the South East) and although we’re currently experiencing a few nippy nights, dull days and a splash of rain, I will have to plan more carefully what to plant out in the garden this spring and summer. I think that this has to be ‘the year of …

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Toad in the Hole.

Despite living a considerable distance from the nearest pond, while I was pulling up the petunias (which had become all leggy and sticky) I almost jumped out of my skin when something close to my hand moved. Once my heart rate was back to normal, on closer inspection I could see a common toad…just sitting …

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More vandalism….

I usually feature my back garden and it’s flowers and wildlife, but I feel I have to mention that I have a small, if uninteresting, front garden as well. I don’t bother with flowers in the borders as the neighbourhood cats tend to use them as a litter tray, no matter how much disinfectant I …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar…

My poor forsythia seems to get it from all angles! Not only is it vandalised by the muppet next door whenever we go on holiday, it’s seemingly the favourite meal of leafcutter bees (which I really don’t mind about) and privet hawkmoth caterpillars. The rest of the garden is looking decidedly below par but I’m …

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Aye, Aye Captain…

Oh the absolute joy! Today I have seen my first Red Admiral in my small suburban garden. Predictably, it was happily sitting on the buddleia, proving what a good choice of plant to add to my collection of shrubbery, so I snuck up close and snapped a few pictures. What a welcome change from the …

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Any colour – as long as it’s white…!

I’ve been anticipating the arrival of an abundance of multi-coloured butterflies, descending upon my small suburban garden to enjoy my so-called ‘butterfly bush’, but after waiting for what seems like an eternity for my buddleia to finally bloom, the only butterflies actually interested in the fabulous purple flowers are plain old cabbage whites. Now, I …

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Dragonfly Days…

One of my most favourite things in the word are those lazy summer Sundays, where the rest of the world is having a lie-in and I’m able to enjoy the hazy morning sunshine in my small suburban garden in peace. Today is the last day of July, and the sun has finally come out, bringing …

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Sabotage…

It’s rather unfortunate that there are certain individuals who, for unknown reasons, choose to act in malicious ways against their neighbours. It’s also unfortunate that I happen to live next door to a bloke who apparently deems it necessary to lean across and cut back 2-3 feet of my forsythia, on MY side of the …

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Precious Petunias (and lobelias)…

After many, many weeks of gloriously dry weather, everything in the garden looks a bit stunted – despite my valliant daily efforts with a watering can. Much as I adore sunshine I reluctantly accept that in order to have even a half-decent display of blooms you do need it to rain every now and again. …

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Pretty Polys…

After a dreary March, although allegedly one of the driest on record, the polyanthus are now coming on a treat, especially now I’ve been outside and watered them! The sun is now out and it definitely feels very summery in the garden. Still waiting for Tescos to hurry up and get hold of their bedding …

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Dull and soggy…

It’s difficult…no, impossible… to get enthusiastic about the garden when there’s not even a hint of blue in the sky and everything around you is soggy. Stepping outdoors in the cold, damp weather is enough to drive even the most enthusiastic gardeners back into a cosy, centrally heated lounge. I made a half-hearted attempt at …

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Wot, No Birds…?!

There’s a distinct lack of feathery things in my small suburban garden, and I’m left wondering why? I accept that the winter snow, frost, ice and so on would’ve seen numbers fall dramatically, but since we’ve recently been experiencing ‘scorchingly hot’ daytime temperatures of 2-3 degrees above zero I’d have thought that they’d have returned. …

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The thaw…

As I intend to blog about my small suburban garden throughout the year, I felt that as part of the preparation I should actually take a peek out of the lounge window to see what the recent thaw has exposed. Prior to the rather unwelcome snow, my garden had been neatly swept of all leaves …

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My Small Suburban Garden (throughout the year…)

Via this blog, I aim to tell the story of my small suburban garden, throughout the year. I’ll be commenting on the weather, the various plants, insects and wildlife, the birds who fly in and out, along with various remarks about my two compost bins and my water butt. Expect to also hear my inane …

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