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Posted: Mon, 27 February 2017, 12:18

Brrrrrrrrrrrr for Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrds

Posted: Mon, 21 November 2016, 14:12

Forecasts of winter gloom and doom are upon us, ‘coldest winter in decades as polar air is set to move in our direction’.

One leading weatherman has predicted that winter 2016/17 will be the worst for 50 years for Ireland and the UK, with severe snowfalls lasting well into February. His predictions are based on a phenomenon called Arctic Oscillation which is expected to enter into its negative phase this month (November), potentially causing adverse and extreme weather conditions. Negative Arctic Oscillations have, however, coincided with major weather events before and have shown a heightened chance of extreme weather but no indicator that it will always happen.

Another advises us to expect any early but temporary cold spells in November, changing to unsettled and mild start to December before high pressure settles things down, turning cooler mid month which will set us up for a cold snap with January seeing the greatest risk of colder weather with the fronts coming predominately from the east and north-east. February will see the month on a whole to finish above average in terms of temperatures with above average precipitation.  As meteorology technology advances the predictions could be consider more accurate it is still not an exact science so as the old adage says ‘Hope for the best but prepare for the worst’ and this especially true for garden birds. 

Autumn Fashion Show

Posted: Mon, 07 November 2016, 17:25


Posted: Mon, 12 September 2016, 12:12

Gardens of Japan

Posted: Thu, 30 June 2016, 17:01

Blight Warning

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016, 15:50

Lawns-Whats that all about?

Posted: Thu, 14 April 2016, 09:39

Photo: centenary landscaping

Magnolia 1.2.3

Posted: Tue, 22 March 2016, 09:43

Moss Revisited (An Updated Reblog)

Posted: Thu, 18 February 2016, 16:40

Latin Lovers

Posted: Sun, 14 February 2016, 12:05

Creating a Winter Garden

Posted: Thu, 14 January 2016, 14:46

Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly

Posted: Thu, 03 December 2015, 17:16

All Wrapped Up For Winter

Posted: Sun, 15 November 2015, 16:47

Hedgerows: Living Corridoors

Posted: Thu, 05 November 2015, 14:08

Halloween & Pumpkins

Posted: Thu, 15 October 2015, 11:52

Growing Fruit Without Chemicals

Posted: Mon, 28 September 2015, 17:24

There are numerous articles that tell you there is no difference in nutrient value between organic home grown fruit and those purchased at the supermarket but even if that were true, and that depends on the research article you are reading, that’s rather missing the point. 

The Seeds of Autumn

Posted: Mon, 21 September 2015, 17:40

The Seeds of Autumn

The Seeds of Autumn


Posted: Thu, 03 September 2015, 12:30


Out of the corner of your eye you see something flying toward you, notice the black and yellow stripes and hear the droning buzz...........


In August, Think Spring!

Posted: Thu, 20 August 2015, 09:40

‘I like to think that long ago There fell to earth some flakes of snow That loved this cold, grey world of ours So much, they stayed as snowdrop flowers’

Praire Planting

Posted: Thu, 06 August 2015, 17:17

Praire Planting

Dark Desires

Posted: Mon, 27 July 2015, 15:09

Water Water Everywhere

Posted: Mon, 06 July 2015, 12:44

Daisy Daisy

Posted: Thu, 25 June 2015, 13:16

Daisy, Daisy

Daisy, Daisy

Beans Beans Beans

Posted: Thu, 23 April 2015, 14:02

This year it’s going to be a lot of blogs about growing vegetables and fruit and how to get the best from large, medium, small and really weenie areas.

Early Vegetables

Posted: Fri, 17 April 2015, 11:29

The birds are singing, the ground is thawing, and you can’t wait for that first taste of fresh produce from your garden. With spring in the air, it’s a wonderful time to start planting your garden. But what produce should be planted first and second, what will need greenhouse care and what should wait until it can be seeded in the ground in late spring? Let’s talk about early vegetables:

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