I can’t be alone in delighting in the company of the friendly robin when I work in the garden. They have a delightful lilting song in full cry but it’s a simple chirp that alerts me to their presence and it’s always very near, only just out of reach and within actual reach a moment later. I turn the soil over and they seize opportunity, insect, seed or worm. I used to regularly throw food to a particularly tame one through the patio window until a mouse also took an interest and my infatuation folded. Anyway this little beauty has been at the same spot at a local RSPB reserve for our last three visits. The exact same spot and today I noticed s/he had been ringed which seems excessive for a tiny thing even for a bird reserve. No hint of resentment however. Jewellery.
|I’m no great lover of heathers though ….|
|Catkins can be as good as blossom|
|“Anna’s Red” and certainly on my newly created shopping list|
|Another of those catkins|
|Skimmia japonica “Red Diamonds”|
|The head only of the towering reed sculpture|
|Kale “Redbor” is tasty too|
|Primula allionii ‘Mrs Dyas’|
|Primula ‘Joan Hughes’|
|Primula allionii ‘ Apple Blossom’|
|Saxifraga species and my favourite today|
|Primula ‘Netta Dennis’|
|Dionysia aretioides ‘Bevere’ and spectacular|
|Cornus mas – a mass of blossom|
|We had a visitor at lunch|
|Location for lunch|
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Burnby Hall Gardens lies in the North Yorkshire town of Pocklington, the one time home of my mother-in-law. We went to see the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies to be covered shortly. However the dovecote caught my eye, full of birds, mostly all-white. I’m informed by a friend that a certain ruthlessness is required for a colony of doves to be entirely white – technically the collective noun is “piteousness of doves”, though I prefer “colony”.
So I guess there is to be no dovecote in our garden as I am not pitiless.
|I did spot one miscreant intruder, strutting its stuff, a muscular escapee from a loft and one I should have reported.|
Afternote: I received word from Steve at Birdguides explaining this population of geese appears to be a feral flock and therefore not truly of interest to the organisation. “Feral” suggests birds that have escaped from domestication and then bred freely. Now we don’t want another Canada Goose or Grey Squirrel population do we? Certainly not but I will make an exception in this case.