A while ago I had ripe red currants and black currants but I didn’t have the time to harvest them right away so a few days later I went into my garden to harvest the berries and every berry was gone !!!!! each and every one !!!I thought old cd’s on a string would frighten the birds away but obviously they didn’t do the job !!This week I wanted to harvest some ripe grape bunches and what did I see….the birds were there before me, mind you the grapes are in my greenhouse ! Now I gave each bunch of grapes a dress hoping the birds will stay away, also the figs outside are starting to ripen so I try to scare the birds away there too as I know from last year they always take the biggest and ripest and sweatest figs . I don’t mind that the birds eat some of my fruit but ALL is a bit much !
Here are some pictures I have taken this past weeks.
AS YOU CAN SEE I GAVE MY GRAPES A DRESS
HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE THEY DID
I TRY TO KEEP THE BIRDS OUT OF MY FIG TREE BY SCARING THEM WITH THESE WHITE “FLAGS”
THE SNACK TOMATOES ARE ALSO RIPENING, THE GRANDCHILDREN LOVE TO GO TO THE GREENHOUSE FOR SOME LITTLE TOMATOES AND SO DO I
THE BIG TOMATOES ARE FINALLY GETTING SOME COLOUR
I LOVE THE COLOUR OF THESE SOUTH AFRICAN DAISIES
THE JAPONESE ANEMONES ARE STARTING TO BLOOM
THIS RUSSIAN VINE IS A REAL THUG BUT IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THUG
MY HYDRANGEA’S ARE DOING THERE VERY BEST AT THE MOMENT
CLEMATIS THE PRESIDENT TOGETHER WITH A PASSIONFLOWER
MY YELLOW DAHLIA’S IN FRONT OF A MIRROR
ALBIZZIA JULIBRIZZIN IN BLOOM
I love birds so we share LOL, but this year I think they’re after water, because they are eating up my rock purslane and petunias, too. I fill the birdbath 2x a day but they seem to prefer the plants, especially the succulent purslane. Oddly, they ignore the wild purslane and go for my nice potted relative.
birds now what they want ! we have a pond in the garden and the birds love to bathe and they drink from the pond water and so does the dog, I think that water is more natural then tap water
Thanks for calling into my blog – my garden is an endless source of inspiration – if not hard work but always worth the effort. Look forward to reading more tips.
Gardening is hard work but I love my garden and I don’t understand why more and more people want to live in a flat with just a small balcony.
Forget the hungry caterpillar, those are some hungry birds!
The same has happened to us. We use netting now on the currants and blueberries, but have lost the raspberries. We’ve never had a ripe fig yet.
I’m surprised to hear you never had a ripe fig so far ? Do you know what your fig tree is called ? Mine is “white of Marseille” and he gives a lot of figs !!
No, I don’t know the name of either of them. We have one in a pot in the greenhouse which has a fruit on it. There is hope. 🙂
I find the birds incredibly greedy this year, too, I never had this much trouble with them before. I am currently trying to keep them off my blueberries, which seems nigh impossible. I don’t have a fruit cage as such as my various berries and currants are scattered about, so I can’t cover them all. The worst thing is, the birds mess on the berries, especially the ones under nets, because they still sit on the structure. I had to discard a lot of the redcurrants because of that, and I put them on the bird tray. But no, that is not good to them, they leave those! Has to be straight from the bush.
Eating like a bird is a misnomer. I’m sure birds are your culprits, but I had a much taller two-legged creature sneaking into my garden one year. He thought my produce looked better than his.