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Andy’s bought a greenhouse!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

I’ve spent the last two days, taking down a second hand greenhouse…this is a photograph I took, to remind me of how it looked…

Greenhouse with all glass removed

Greenhouse with all glass removed

so I can re-assemble the hundreds of bits I have…later in my garden!

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Our Garden in March 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Our front garden at the end of March 2012, before the frost came at the weekend.

Now the Magnolia flowers have gone brown!

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Cottage Garden Border 2011 Hosta Update

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

blog post - Cottage Garden border circa 2007

another blog post - Cottabe Garden border circa 2007

Four years later …

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Andys Secret Garden

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maybe this deserves a new blog, but I’ll keep it here, coming soon …

Andys Secret Garden pictures shortly…

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NEWSFLASH! Goldfinch’s nest in garden Exclusive photographs and Webcam

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Since April 2009, I’ve had Goldfinches visiting my garden regularly feeding on the Nyjer seed, before April 2009, I’d never seen Goldfinches in my garden. This weekend Lindsey told me she had seen Goldfinches around the Magnolia tree and the telephone wire (maybe this is why broadband playing up!). On further examination, I discovered a nest in the Magnolia tree, and to may amazement a few minutes later visited regularly by a pair of Goldfinches.

Goldfinch birds nest in Magnolia tree

Goldfinch birds nest in Magnolia tree

Goldfinch on the nest

Goldfinch on the nest

So time to get some tek out to get some pictures for the web…. (some time passes and ….)

I’m still trying to get better photographs, but at present my Canon EOS 350D Digital SLR is connected to my Leica APO Televid 77mm Spotting Scope using a Leica Photo Adaptor, this seven element adaptor converts the Leica Televid into an 800mm telephoto lens, with a focal ratio f/10. It’s then used with a T2 Ring adaptor to connect to the body of the DSLR. (no autofocus, strictly manual mode, and the camera in Av mode). The DSLR is tethered to a Windows XP Professional virtual workstation using an active USB 2.0 cable using Canon EOS Utility to remotely control the camera and take the photographs every 30 seconds and upload them to the workstation. (I’m using a virtual workstation, because the Canon software doesn’t spport Vista 64-bit). A bunch of scripts and other tek is then used to upload them to the webserver.

If you look at the right hand side panel, you’ll see the images taken every thirty seconds, if you are lucky, you’ll see the goldfinches on the nest.

The magnolia tree (nest) is approximately 40-50 feet from the camera.

The only issue, is ther DSLR runs on batteries, because I’ve not got a DC coupler for it! I’m also looking for a 30mm - 42mm Step-up ring to connect the Firewire CAM which would be better, I’ll not where out the shutter!

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Keep the vamps at bay

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

We’ve been tidying up the garden before the Autumn starts on Wednesday. Lindsey cut the front lawn, maybe for the last time, and I’ve been clearing up and emptying the potatoe bags and planting my garlic that my friend (thanks Paul) bought from the The Garlic Farm, on The Isle of Wight. (keeps away the vamps!). It’s probably a little early, but I wanted to get it in the ground while it was still warm, and the autumn starts on Wednesday, so it’s probably not that early. I’ve planted Iberian Wight - a soft-neck early white garlic and Elephant Garlic - these cloves are massive. I’ll be planting my potatoes shortly for Christmas, and keeping them in the greenhouse.

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Front Garden Border in Summer 2009

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A few pictures of the “newly” created front garden border, 12 months on from the last pictures in 2008. Not so new now, and has matured, needs some maintenance now.
front-garden-border1-2009

front-garden-border2-2009

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front-garden-border4-2009

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Roses are Red

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Well in this case the roses are white. (well we do live in Yorkshire!). This is the climbing rose at the front of the house, and despite neglecting it and not sure when to cut it back or prune it, it’s done very well this year with over 40 flowers, and still lots of buds. It’s an old fashion type, with a very nice scent!

 

White Climbing Rose

White Climbing Rose

 

White Rose

White Rose

I’m surprised Lindsey’s not started to paint them red!

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Cottage Garden Border 2009 Hosta Update

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

An update of how the garden border is progressing two years on. In May 2007 we created a new border at the front of the garden under the trees, which is very shady. We planted hostas, fox gloves and geraniums, and despite the battle with slugs and snails, moving the geraniums, that didn’t do to well in the shade this is the latest update. This year in early spring I moved the fern to the back of the border, because it domninated the border when in full growth. I seem to have lost one of the original hostas, don’t know where it went. I’ve also now used, grit over the entire area to stop the slugs and snails eating the hostas!

Blog posts in 2007

http://andysworld.org.uk/2007/05/10/cottage-garden-border/

http://andysworld.org.uk/2007/05/15/cottage-garden-border-re-visited/

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Sunday afternoon Goldfinches

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I’ve just quickly dashed out into the garden in my slippers, with camera and zoom lens, balanced on the rotten wooden fence and got off a few shots…

Sunday Goldfinches!

Sunday Goldfinches!

The problem with the Goldfinches, they always show, when I’m not in the garden! I’m hoping to get much better shots, but I cannot play at present, because I’ve been given my orders to wash-up and tidy the kitchen! But I’ve got a few gadgets to try and get better shots!

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