Extreme Makeover – Nest box edition
Do you remember my first attempt building a nest box, last spring? Well it wasn’t really a success, April was too late to hung a nest box and let’s be honest here: I am really bad in DIY. Thank God my dad is very good in making things out of junk and saturday we gathered some timber pieces and made four rather nice nest boxes (but one has been immediately stolen by my sister).
My dad is such an old grumpy bear most of the times so it has been kind of weird watching him make bird nest boxes.
There are three models from left to right: the pretty one, the modern one (with a plastic cover to protect the roof) and the heavy one (made of the heaviest timber material I’ve ever seen, actually it came from one of my aunt’s 70‘s piece of furniture). I bet I may find a fat branch to hang this last one.
When I got home I painted the boxes with two coats of light blue, mainly to protect them and maybe to soften those red and green so they won’t scare the birds.
This morning when I got up the weather had changed again to clouds and rain but I fixed one of the nest boxes to the birch where birds usually come to feed. I hope they will notice this new house and maybe will come back in a few months to nest. Meanwhile I will stay by the window watching them as still as Psycho’s stuffed mother and will report you any news…
I can’t go to my parents without making a tour of the local nurseries with mum, and saturday wasn’t different. There isn’t so much to see at this time of the year but I had a few money my parents gave me for my birthday on my pocket and a lot of ideas on how to give them away (the money, not my parents). I needed some evergreen shrub to fill up the west side of the garden, under the willows, there are no perennials nor grasses that could grow in such dry partial shade and I’d need something to disguise the view of the old house in front of mine, especially now that I have cut the grasses to ground.
I bought two cotoneaster, one is franchetii and the other is lacteus, both of them are supposed to get 3 meter tall and large, although they look pretty much the same, in fact they had no labels and now I can’t pick one or the other… nevermind.
I also got two eleagnus ‘Eleador Lannou’, apparently pretty much the same as other well known variegated forms like ‘Limelight’ or e. maculata aurea but this one seems to have a more intense and chartreuse hue. As you may know I normally don’t like variegated plants but also I love chartreuse (the colour, not the liquor), so this was really a bother. I decided to give it a try at the end, although I am not sure whether to plant them there or maybe in a pot.
I also found a nice little plant of calycanthus praecox and I brought it home. This is the right moment to buy such plant since all its ‘pros’ are concentrated in January and then you have the next 11 months of ‘cons’. But it wouldn’t be my birthday without the scent of sweetshrub in the chilly air (and since this plant has no flowers I won’t turn 33 until it blooms).