Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Monday, April 23, 2007


Attracting birds to my gardens has been one of my goals. Most birds are beneficial in the garden and while some can be pests, they are easily controlled. I was shocked when a fellow gardener referred to grackles as junk birds! As gardeners, we are stewarts of the land so there should be no such thing as junk critters. Some are pests and some are beneficial but all serve a purpose.

I took this video of the bluejays a couple of mornings ago. Their antics are quite entertaining! Every morning I toss out peanuts for them. If I don't have them out before they arrive, one of the bluejays will sit on the windowsill and peck at the window pane until I toss out the peanuts. These are two younger bluejays that I suspect are offpsring from Mr. Fat. I haven't seen Mr. Fat for awhile but he did the same thing the first little guy is doing. He'd pick up a peanut then drop it and repeat the process. We finally figured he was searching for the heaviest peanut!

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome


  1. I luv bluejays! Tastes like squirrels!

    Heh heh. We had a crazy cardinal tryin' to crash through my son's bedroom window and our vehicles last summer, so we made a video set to music and added some silly quotes from movies and cartoons to go along with it. ( -- scroll down and click on the bird video on the right.) The bird is back again this year ... attacking the window and the vehicles again -- but he's also spending some time at the house next door, so that's a welcome relief!!

    You have such neat blogs!

    Miss T

  2. I enjoy gardening and birds too. I don't have much room now since we had to move to a smaller place but I did manage to plant some flowers and tomatoes and bell peppers. Grackles can be pests and I have noticed that they chase off other birds from feeders. Bluejays get a little pushy too. But watching hummingbirds fight is hilarious!

  3. We love to watch the birds. Doesn't matter what kind.

    Whenever we hear a bunch of blue jays screeching in a tree, we watch that tree. More often than not, a cooper's hawk will fly out of it with some blue jays in close pursuit.


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