It's just after midday on this rather dreich and drizzly January morning but I'm already adding a date in my diary for October. I have been asked if I would be interested in giving a talk at a local Gardening Club on garden design and I am delighted to accept. A lovely chance to talk gardens/plants/landscaping with likeminded enthusiasts Plenty of time in the meantime to photograph some of the gardens I've created over the last few years, as they mature and show their seasonal interest throughout the year.
I will also show some of my plans and concept drawings. Much of drawing style I use I can attribute to a garden designer and illustrator in the USA who's blog and website I've been following for a while. www.lisaorgler.com She has a wonderful illustrative style. A lovely surprise to see her mention my blog this morning as one of the 'gems' she has discovered, so thank you Lisa!
I mentioned the birds feeding on the perennials in my last post and here is an example of the Achillea they love to perch on and nibble at. Unfortunately I can't capture the birds close up yet! I'm working on the zoom lens!
Happy New Year to all!
I have been watching Goldfinches, Blue tits and Chaffinches feasting on the Achillea and Verbena bonariensis seedheads. A perennial border is lovely in your garden if you enjoy watching nature. Berries on the shrubs proved popular too as the Blackbirds feasted on the Pyracantha. I have a Himalayan Birch too and the Blue tits seem to enjoy the catkins and no doubt the odd juicy insect!
And I've had real interest in the nesting box! I've been watching a Blue tit inspecting the entrance and finally go in to have a look...
The pond has only frozen over once as we've been having this unseasonably mild weather, so lots of bathing beauties as the Blackbirds and Sparrows jostle for position on the little pontoon I put in for them.
Must get a good camera with a zoom lens to capture all this activity.. the phone just doesn't do it..
It's pure pleasure being able to linger over a cup of coffee and gaze out at the winter garden..
I'm working on the design in Troon and as they enjoy watching the birds I'll definitely be adding swathes of the aforementioned perennials.