Birds to look out for in your garden part 2

The Blue Tit

Spring begins today, thank goodness


The beginning of warmer weather, lighter evenings and new flora and fauna.

Watching the high jinks of the irrepressible blue tit around the garden is always a delight.

Here’s the introduction from a fascinating article on the Blue Tit.

Blue Tits on branch

The Blue Tit

Watching the high jinks of the irrepressible blue tit around the garden, on the bird-table or in the woods is always a delight.

As the only resident blue-and-yellow bird in the garden, the blue tit is easy to spot as it flutters from bush to tree, visits the bird-table or flies in and out of a nest-box. Blue tits are fearless, entertaining gymnasts too, whether going topsy- turvy on a bird-feeder or dangling from a wispy twig.

Read the full article


FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDSFor more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season.

Available now for just £8.99


Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport
I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Plant a wonderful winter windowbox

Christmas Roses

How to enjoy Christmas roses from early winter to early spring


Christmas roses are one of the few flowering plants able to withstand winter temperatures – which makes them ideal for an outdoor winter windowbox.

Here they are teamed with conifer twigs, fir cones and gaultheria berries.

The large creamy white flowers
of the Christmas rose will gradually
turn a soft pink as they age.

Plant your windowbox in late autumn

Christmas roses flower from early winter to early spring.

It shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete.

For an extra Christmassy effect, lightly spray the fir cones with artificial ‘snow’.







Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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Happy Houseplants

Caring for houseplants

I cannot tell you how many plants have suffered at my hand over the years.


A green thumb is not a quality I am known for!

Even my succulents have not survived longer than a month, which are meant to be hardy plants…

When I discovered that in the 2021 Dairy Diary, we were to have a feature all about house plants, I was very happy indeed.

Especially as it includes ‘tips for beginners’ and a list of starter house plants that can deal with a degree of neglect, so are great for those new to indoor greenery!

If you have any other tips on how to become the next Titchmarsh, let me know in the comments below?



Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

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Win £50 of beautiful plants to brighten your garden


Win £50 worth of plants for your gardenWith the current situation, we’re all spending more time in our own gardens.


That’s why we’re giving you the chance to win £50 of beautiful plants, to make your outdoor space even more cheerful (and we all need a bit of cheer right now!)

Win £50 of beautiful plants
to brighten your garden



Good luck, and keep safe and well everyone.




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Succulents & Seashells Planter

create year-round garden interest

How to create year-round interest


With a few evergreen plants, succulents in this case and some pretty seashells, you can create a really attractive planter than looks great year-round.

Succulents make great choices for even the tiniest containers, from troughs and pots to even hanging baskets because they have spent millions of years adapting to environments with very shallow soil and with very low moisture and fertility.

Other than providing them with a sunny spot, all you need to grow succulents is to stop them getting too wet in winter.

Many will survive a surprising amount of cold as long as their roots are kept dry.

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Evening Garden Fragrance

The Fragrant Garden

If you plan carefully, your garden can be full of fragrance all year.


With the lighter evenings comes the familiar hum of lawn mowing in neighbouring gardens.  If you’re mowing or strimming remember to check any leaf piles for hedgehogs. And perhaps leave one area to become a little wildlife haven with some wildflower seeds too?

One of life’s pleasures is to relax in the garden later in the day and enjoy the fruits of your planning and work.

Some plants release their scent at this time in order to attract pollinators, mostly moths. Evening primrose, for instance, uncurls its petals at dusk to release a delightful, delicate aroma.

Old-fashioned tuberose, a favourite of Victorian gardeners, has upright stems, an intense aroma and grows well in containers, and night-scented stock, while not the tidiest of plants, can turn a balmy evening into a magical one.

Some species of narcissus have a lovely spring scent, as do grape hyacinths, while lily of the valley is perennially fabulous. If you’re thinking more of shrubs, Korean spice viburnum may be a good choice. Its pink buds open into clusters of while-flower domes that produce an intoxicating, spicy aroma. Other shrubby choices include Mexican orange blossom and Osmanthus, both evergreen with lovely white flowers.

For a gloriously scented garden year-round, find out more about what to plant in our feature The Fragrant Garden.





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