Snowdrops and a primrose…..

The week has dawned bright and sunny but cold, with many birds now singing around the garden and in the hedges in our lane.  Great tit and dunnock are most noticeable but yellowhammer has also been heard over the last couple of days, plus a song thrush every evening in the wood next door.  Now the snowdrops are well out (and even a primrose in a sheltered spot in a border) its time to think about gardening!  But only a little – I hate disturbing hibernating insects and do as little as possible until the weather has warmed considerably.  One job that must be done though is the pruning of our apple trees to ensure a good crop in the summer.  Getting outside will give me the chance to watch our many local buzzards soaring happily in the clear skies.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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