The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it's gotta go. Here are 7 ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-&-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching-protecting thing of wonder this year, courtesy of our friends at Horticultural Magazine.
Each bird took his or her turn trying to land on the stalks supporting the seed heads, with predictably hilarious results. The stalks couldn't support the weight, and the little birds slid off. A few tried the hummingbird approach, wildly flapping their wings to stay in place while pecking at the seed heads. Others tried the popcorn technique - bounce up from the ground, wings flapping, and snap at the seeds on your way down.
It is fall at Wychwood with the beautiful autumn colours in all their glory. It will be quite a change to come home to see how my spring bulbs have grown. Yesterday was a busy day in the garden and when I leave I'll miss being able to do chores in my shorts and tank top. Peter had moved the grass the evening before so obviously the nocturnal Wallabies seem to have enjoyed munching on the grass clippings and leaving their calling cards (which I raked up!)
75 degrees today and Wychwood Garden continues to be beautiful now in the early autumn cycle. My biannual visits to the gardens have always been during the summer so it's delightful to see the brilliant autumn colours, and the Fagus trees are breathtaking! There are numerous roses in the garden and the hips are at their best now. I must find a Rosa Moyesii for their brilliant, elongated hips. Beautiful.