Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Back in June, I mentioned that the cotoneaster in my front garden was attracting lots of bees and I was asked if I would put a photo of it on my blog, which I duly did. At the time, it was covered in a mass of tiny flowers. I thought now would be a good time to come back to the cotoneaster to show you what it looks like at this time of year. Berries have now replaced the flowers and the little red jewels make the plant glow. In summer, the flowers attract bees, but at this time of year, and throughout winter, the berries attract birds. Blackbirds in particular love to gobble up these berries and it's fascinating sitting and watching them feast. Cotoneaster is definitely the shrub to get if you want to attract wildlife to your garden.
Hubby has now managed to source some bubblewrap so the containers which my small trees are planted in have been swathed in the stuff. It should help to keep the roots from freezing when the cold weather eventually arrives.
It's that time of year again when the bunnies are brought down from the grass on to the patio. Throughout summer, their hutches are moved on to the grass so that the doors can be left open and they can come and go in to their run as they please. In winter, the grass gets so sodden that this isn't an option, so we move the hutches on to the patio. It gives them a bit of protection here against the elements and they get plenty of attention each time someone passes by, they'd be a bit out on a limb on the grass as we don't venture up there as much in winter. They still get carried on to the grass to have a run around on fine days, but at least they're all set for winter now.
I'm a forty eight year old mum of two and I live on the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire. I've been married to Mick for twenty six years and we have a son, Daniel, who's twenty two and a daughter, Eleanor, who's eighteen. I gave up work in 2010 and now have more time to indulge in my hobbies of knitting, crochet and gardening. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow along with my adventures.