D is for Daffodils, Daisies and Dunnocks


It wouldn’t be Spring without daffodils, they really cheer the place up! So last week I’ve been putting some back into pots ready for next year, and hoping the rest are going to come back up!


There were quite a few bulbs too  in the 25 bags of top soil I was given by a relative to fill the new beds, so who knows what will come up there!

Other lovely Spring bulbs are the Dog’s Tooth Violets (Erythoniums) which came up beautifully this year.


D is also for daisies and I love them all! The Daisy Bush (olearia Hanstii) is a stalwort survivor of the garden. It bravely stands up to the Winter storms and salt, and is forming a good sized shrub in the large raised bed. In Spring those yellow flowers bloom for ages, and the bees love them. A real tough plant, it may be common in supermarket car-parks but I still love it!

Most of the year, you don’t have to look out of the window for long before you see or hear a dunnock, or four.They are not at all shy, and like to rummage through the flower beds in search of food! I think they’ve had a good year as one point there seemed to be a couple of families darting about chasing each other. They often have more than one mate (male or female) and can have rather complicated love lives! They feed mostly from the ground, so rarely clash with the many sparrows that come in to the seed feeder. However the last few weeks, they have a more formidable enemy – a very territorial robin. There have not been any robins here all Summer, but once they finish breeding the males and females split up to different territories. This one is most aggressive and its first target was to attack itself over and over again. I’d been given a mirror for the garden, and it kept flying at it and perching on it furiously. I’ve now moved the mirror against the shed where it is safer, and the robin now sings from the top of the new feeder pole and is intent in furiously chasing off any dunnock that tries to sneak back in. There is trouble ahead.





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