Rain at last…….

With still so much to do in terms of ‘spring’ gardening, the coming week is going to be difficult!  We are now having our fair share of rain which has been wonderful, but of course this means that everything is growing apace and that includes grass.  So there is plenty of mowing of the more open areas here, while the meadow, left to its own devices, is close to bursting into flower with ragged robin and knapweed.  At least the nesting birds seem to be finding plenty to feed their offspring and currently in the bird boxes, hedges and trees we have blue and great tit, robin, blackbird, mistle and song thrush, yellowhammer, bullfinch, dunnock and house sparrow, plus probably many more that we don’t know about!  A great spring so far for nesting here.

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 www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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