Cuckoos Garden Top Tips No 1 for you and your Garden Bird
Designing our garden is just like the inside of our homes where we carefully select and lay out our living arrangements to best suit our needs, our gardens require the same attention if we are to attract natures best. It is worth remembering that when designing your garden, compare yourself to the wild life you wish to attract. For example would you be attracted to a home which omitted to provide a Kitchen, a Dining Room or a Bedroom, I doubt it!, you will agree they are the essential elements of the perfect home. Well if you are one of nature’s best like a Garden Bird, a butterfly, or a rabbit for example, you too would be selective in the environment you wish to live in, however being one of the foregoing, some things may be outside of your control, like the provision of native trees, shrubs and flowers which help in the pollination of its species. The provision of shrubs that provide berries as food source assist in the attraction of garden birds, unfortunately if you are a bird and these are not provided in the garden, you have little choice but to move to the next garden which does. Like you, the Garden Bird will not dwell or visit a garden where these essentials are missing, a well designed home or a well designed garden will encourage its inhabitants to visit and stay.
When designing your garden there are a number of factors to consider such as the orientation of your garden, soil type, drainage, existing structures, their heights and the shadows they cast and of course the size of your garden, Personal requirements like lawn size for your family, vegetable patches, fresh water supply and its source. If you have a preference for a particular range of garden birds or other inhabitants you wish to attract, then the compatibility of one species with another is very important. Installations like garden architectural features, seating area, fountains, require close consideration when choosing the correct location for Bird Feeders, Bird Baths, Birdhouses and of course bird nesting boxes. When you begin to learn more and more about their likes and dislikes of the garden bird you wish to attract, paying close attention to these essential requirements will ensure your favorite Garden Bird will feel as much living at home as you will.
We at the www.cuckoosgarden.com over the next year will attempt to assist you with a step by step guide to provide the perfect garden for you and you’re Garden Birds. For now, start by measuring the size of your garden back and front, take note of the environment you are in, Urban, suburban or rural, Draw a scaled plan of your garden on a A3 gridded paper with all existing structures i.e. House, Garden Shed, Boundary walls, noting their heights, Note location of the sun path from sun rise to sun set. Measure the size and location of any garden ponds, streams and the direction of water flow if any. Make a list all the existing trees and shrubs, mark up all hard surfaces. Take not of all site services their location and the line of direction, this will be important to avoid or take into consideration when designing and laying out your garden. Collect as much information as you can include the type of Garden Birds you want to attract and we will then continue with step two.
See you in step No2
A vacation to remember – Irish Castles
Two weeks ago I had the good fortune of having my cousin Richard and his two sons Thad and Ethan visit me from the United States, Richard was once here in Ireland before approximately 15 years ago, his two sons were never here. Having herd a great deal about Ireland, how green it was, about the Irish Thatch Cottages and how plentiful Irish Castles were. They asked inquiringly were Irish Castles really dotted all over Ireland like it is portrayed in films, fairy tails and stories about Ireland. Having being asked this question I decides to show off Ireland to my visiting friends in the best way I new how and selected a few Irish Castles in County Galway my home County which best typified the romance of Ireland and The Irish Castles. I first showed them some small castles Built by the Normans in the early 15th & 16th Century in my locality, Irish Castles like Strongfort Castle – Craughwell, Dunguaire Castle – Kinvarra and Aughnanure Castle near Oughterard owned by the O’Flaherty Clan. Grace O Malley the pirate queen of Connacht once lived in this Castle after marrying Donal O’ Flaherty in 1546. However if it romance and splendid architecture you are looking for, there is no finer example than Kylemore Castle ( Kylemore Abbey) in Connamara. This Irish Castle was built by Mitchell and Margaret Henry from 1867 – 1871 after previously visiting the area and staying at Kylemore Lodge on honeymoon. Their wish was to one day own their home there, a wish they realized after the death of Mitchell’s Father a cotton merchant in Manchester who left Mitchell a fortune which he used to build this magnificent Castle, complete with walks, gardens and woodlands which eventually covered 13,000 acres. The Irish Castle at Kylemore is picture postcard perfect and a must see for all Irish castle lovers. The Irish Thatch Cottage was another big attraction to our visitors the castle of the common man and woman of Ireland at the time spanning from the early 17th Century to the early 20th Century also holding a romantic place in every Irish man heart often known as the “Heart and Home of Ireland. The Cuckoos Garden has produced a range of Birdhouses and Bird feeders to capture this romance of our Irish Homes to allow us place them right if our gardens another great love of homeowners everywhere. they can be purchased at our website at www.cuckoosgarden.com
Your Home is your Castle
Irish thatch Cottage Birdhouse
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The Cuckoos Garden were the first to introduced the Irish Thatch Cottage as a Birdhouse and because the Irish Thatch Cottage is such a symbol of Ireland and the Irish people, like our Art, Music, and of course “The Guinness”. With Ireland having such a rich culture I decided to create the most meaningful symbol of Ireland of all, the Irish Thatch Cottage Home often regarded as and I quote, “The Heart and Home of Ireland”. The Irish Thatch cottage first evolved in Ireland in the early 17th Century and was largely made from local materials gathered generally not greater that 5-8 mile radius, it was once dotted all over Ireland with little small variations depending on the materials and craftsman available. The Irish people both at home and abroad regard the Irish Thatch Cottage as “Home”. You don’t have to a bird lover but it’s a bonus to enjoy the Irish That Cottage Birdhouse, due to all the sentiment associated with it. For most people it is simply enough to look out their window and to gaze on “Home” to draw up precious memories of times gone by.
I have given the Irish Thatch Cottage Birdhouse a little bit of a makeover by changing the color of the window sills and plinth from grey to strawberry red, thus replicating many of the Irish thatch Cottages all over Ireland and at the same time making it more colorful. The materials used in the manufacture of this Thatch Cottage Birdhouse are all water resistant because of the composite material used and therefore requires no painting as color has been added at the manufacturing stage of the material, The Thatch is exterior quality, the stand is pressure treated timber and is anchored to the ground using ground pegs provided. More details can be viewed at my website www.cuckoosgarden.com. or contact Raymond at 087 – 2345846
The Cuckoos Garden displayed for the first time its full range of Hand Made Irish Birdhouses and feeders at Bloom in the Park. The Birdhouse range covered both traditional and contemporary designs to meed the needs of the Irish and English Bird lovers attending the Bloom show. The attendees at the Bloom show who visited our stand were pleasantly surprised to learn that our range of Hand Made Irish Birdhouses and Bird feeders were water proof and therefore weather resistant, and further surprised to learn that no painting was required. Because it was our first time at the Bloom show and wanted the public to see our full range and learn of their maintenance free advantages, we held a free draw for a Birdhouse of the lucky winners choice at the Bloom show at 5:30 p.m. on the 2 of June 2014. Niall Hatch of Bird Watch Ireland kindly plucked the lucky winner from the box. We re delighted to announce that Roisin Canning of Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 was the lucky winner. The Irish Birdhouse from the Cuckoos garden range will now be delivered to her door. Congratulations Roisin on you win, we wish you many years of enjoyment from your Birdhouse and your new feathered guests.
Bloom in the Phoenix Park 29th May – 2nd June 2014
This year we at the Cuckoos Garden are delight to announce for the first time we have taken a stand in Bloom in the Phoenix Park, we will be located in the “Grand Pavilion” Stand No G51. Hopefully we will have an opportunity to meet with you and show you our full range of Birdhouses and Bird Feeders complete with their stands and ground fixing pegs. We will be able to demonstrate how the ground fixing pegs work, the water proof material we use and why our Birdhouse range requires no maintenance. You will be able to see them for yourself first hand and we will be delighted to answer any questions you may have, we also welcome any suggestions you have also.
My name is Raymond Kenny and I hope to meet you there