Oh - I am so glad to be back and able to post posts again. I have a couple in draft form but not quite ready yet - and as I've been busy window cleaning and have friends again to supper tonight I don't have much time.
I am rather anxious that I've upset blackbirds nesting. I was shearing back a Clematis Montana when I came upon a blackbird's nest. Stopped work on it immediately and threw some loose fronds of clematis back over the area. But I am now on tenterhooks as to whether the birds will return. We don't have a shortage in this area as blackbirds and robins seem to predominate this year but I will be so sorry they have abandoned the nest.