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Nest Building Wrens

May 23, 2015

A dear little wren, just visible halfway up the rusty iron upright, was busy making a nest in the ivy all week. It became increasingly confident flying back and forth past my head, almost insect-like, carrying a beak full of leaves and feathers. He let me know he was back with a penetrating trill which he repeated four times in a very short space. Apparently the males do the building and often make two nests and the female chooses which one she considers the best construction for her egg laying – sweet.



Outside the kitchen door a large pot of Vicia faba Crimson Flowered broad beans are doing well.  These were planted to increase my scented plants in the garden and for occasions when a trip to the allotment is impractical. They smell deliciously of sweet peas, the bees love them and they are my scented plant for May.



I’ve had six weeks of cut flowers from the Ranunculus ‘Aviv Red’ and they last for days in water. The corms were planted in October and they started flowering mid-april and I’ll plant lots more in the autumn. I shall stagger the planting to prolong the season. They are combined here with Phacelia tanacetifolia a green manure which survived the winter.


Allium ‘Ivory Cream’ is in the shady parterre and followed on very successfully from the white ‘Triumphator’ tulips. These three got broken from the base when I was weeding so I popped them in glass containers.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2015 11:09 pm

    Love your wren. The story reminds me of the African Weaver bird. The male of the species weaves a complicated nest which the female then inspects. If she doesn’t consider it worthy it is ripped apart and he has to start all over again.

  2. May 24, 2015 9:06 am

    I’d love to know the bench mark for an impressive nest !!!

  3. May 27, 2015 8:34 am

    It seems tough on the male wren; do you think he makes one very second rate on purpose and puts his energy into the one he wants the female to choose? Love your Alliums in their vases, and just think you can leave them to dry and you’ll have some dried flowers for the winter.

  4. May 27, 2015 9:59 am

    The alliums have been so lovely and almost worth growing to cut for the house. No sign of the wrens since saturday when we had a large family lunch in the garden-oh dear I was so enjoying them.

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