A Cuckoo In The Nest

Wall basket tree Wm


Fagus sylvatica. A Beech tree.

They get everywhere.


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Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’

This true beauty wasn’t out in time for the Bloomers post last week.

It’s a bit more lipstick than the pink I would normally go for, but you can’t fail to notice it.




And it isn’t just the baby woodpeckers who have been enjoying the fruits of Woodrow’s industry.

As soon as he appears, a retinue of scavengers assembles too.


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A female blackbird collecting manna from heaven for her chick.


But what’s this?


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Mouse 006 Wm


2017-11-17T18:13:32+00:00June 25th, 2013|Tags: , , |


  1. Jill Chandler June 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    At least its not in your house!!

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      True.. not yet anyway.

  2. Denise June 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I saw a mouse where? There on the stair right there…..I will be humming this song all afternoon now! lol!

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply


  3. countrysidetales June 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    NOT Grrrrr Jessica. Ahhhhh 😉

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Mice are like squirrels CT, very cute whilst there’s only one.. 😉

  4. Vintage Jane June 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    You’ve got to admire his nerve … !

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      He has a hole under that aster.. and is very quick to withdraw when big bird turns up!

  5. Em June 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    That’s the best peony I’ve ever seen I think. As for Mousey, the less said the better except that Jill is right re: the house!

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      It’s certainly a striking one isn’t it.

  6. haggiz June 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Beautiful peony. I don’t mind mice in the garden, they’re almost sweet! Julie x

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply


  7. Abby June 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Love the wayward Beech tree! Looks like someone’s (a wee mousie? – sorry!!) woodland home….. Beautiful paeony. The brown fella looks as if he’s eyeing up your sprinkler system?

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I need to move the drip heads from there, because no plant yet has managed to survive the constant trampling of bird feet.. the pheasant being by far the worst offender.

  8. snowbird June 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Lol….I have the same problem with trees shooting up in basket, and I have the exact same peony which has three blooms on this year….yours has opened more than mine though.

    Awww….I love the blackbird feeding it’s chick, I’m brainwashed at the moment….seeing that gaping beak almost had me running for the tweezers and the mealworm!!!

    And the mouse is sooooooo cute….OY, don’t scowl like that!!!! lol xxxx

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Scowl, scowl.
      It wasn’t even supposed to be in the shot.. it just turned up while I was waiting for more birds.

  9. Denise June 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    If that mouse could talk, I bet it would be saying, ‘Oh-oh…I’ve been spotted. Better get out the comedy nose and moustache disguise.’

    Honestly, I have never seen a more guilty-looking creature!

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Or. Damn GPS, the tunnel wasn’t supposed to come up here..

  10. frayed at the edge June 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful peony. Ours hasn’t flowered yet, but has lots of buds, despite only being planted last year.

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      I am amazed this one survived, also planted last year. The emerging shoots look extremely delicate. And then Ptolemy decided to use that spot for a dust bath.

  11. woolythymes June 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    hoping our mouse has moved outside, too!!! gotta admit, they are pretty darn cute….from afar!

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      He can have the nut droppings I suppose, better that than nibbling the plants.

  12. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA June 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    You know what the say about mice….. ” if you see one there are at least 8 to 10 more”.
    I hope they are wrong.

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      They are right. They are all in the tool shed..

  13. BadPenny June 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Ah well I have cats… and they like to mouse – but sadly sometimes they get a bird. I’m sad both times.

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      This is why I’ve put off having a cat, much as I would like one. 🙁

  14. Wendy June 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Saplings coming up in the wrong place always look so healthy, I feel guilty pulling them up. We always have Ash saplings shooting up between the flowers. I love the Blackbird and Fledgling and I imagine the mouse can’t believe his luck with the bird food right there before him.

    • Jessica June 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      With me it’s usually oak – the squirrels and their acorns no doubt. I don’t think even the squirrel could have reached this one though.

  15. willow June 25, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I had never seen that particular type of paeonia … gorgeous. !

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

      I’ve wanted one for a while, I hope it will thrive here.

  16. Sharon June 26, 2013 at 1:53 am - Reply

    you have to admit, he’s kinda cute….

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

      This is my problem with wildlife, even the pests are cute!

  17. Linda June 26, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Cheeky mouse! The peony does stand out and is rather lovely. It’s amazing what self-seeding plants are shooting up at the moment all in the wrong places!

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

      This one has embedded its roots in the basket, it will be quite a challenge to extract it!

  18. Joanne June 26, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I haven’t seen my little mouse since I moved the bird feeder, give me mice over rats any day, & yours does look like a nice cheeky chap.

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      You’re right Joanne, mice are far preferable to rats. And they are certainly cheeky!

  19. Paula @ Spoons n Spades June 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Bowl of Beauty is one of the new paeonies I planted this year and I’m waiting for it to flower. Now I’ve seen what it’s really going to look like, I can’t wait!!

    I know I shouldn’t say ‘Bless it’, but that little mouse…so cute.

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      I hope you enjoy it Paula.. I think you will!

  20. Jo June 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    So they’re still around then, even if you have thwarted their petrol habit. I love that Bowl of Beauty, a very apt name, it’s so unusual.

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      They’re still around. Nuts are better for them I suppose.

  21. rachel June 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Tee hee. (sorry….)

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply


  22. knitsofacto June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe you said pests are cute … when have you ever seen a cute slug?!

    That mouse is cute though … I reckon he gatecrashed your photo shoot, best side to the fore, so we’d all realise what darlings he and his chums are and side with the mice in the battle of the tool shed!

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Mice are smart. It’s all part of their master plan.

  23. finlaygrayJohn June 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    You would win BEST IN SHOW with that bloom in our flower show

    • Jessica June 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      It would win the category for Surviving Against All The Odds.

  24. Serendipity June 27, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Your peony is beautiful. Great shot of the mouse. It could be worse, at least it’s not rats!

    • Jessica June 27, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

      You’re right. I dread rats..

  25. Natalie June 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    That peony is spectacular! And I love the birds. We have baby woodpeckers all over our garden right now and they sound like squeaky toys. So cute. THey love the suet feeders.

    Nice mouse! 🙂

    • Jessica June 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Suet goes down well here too.. they are eating us out of house and home!

  26. Sarah June 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    The mouse must have heard that you have been photographing all the other wildlife in the garden and wanted to get in the act too! It wouldn’t stand much of a chance in our garden with our cat!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica June 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      They are photogenic, I have to admit.

  27. Simone June 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    It is cute! The animals around your neck of the woods are very bold indeed!!!

    • Jessica June 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      There are few cheekier than that mouse!

  28. Bilbowaggins July 3, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    We just see them as ‘owl food’. It’s bluddy irritating though to be working at the opposite end of the garden and find a small cache of hazelnuts that they’ve stolen from the squirrel feeder. Amazing how far the furry little s*ds can carry them!

    • Jessica July 3, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

      We do seem to have a lot of owls. I’m ever hopeful.

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