The case of the missing ‘Buie’

June is the time of year when Garybuie – more accurately An Garradh Buidhe, meaning Yellow Garden – usually looks like this…

But, we’ve waited all month and all we’ve got is this…


Not a hint of yellow (Buidhe) to be seen. Last year I wrote about our worries over this laburnum tree and its splaying branches, wondering if we’re going to lose it. In my experience though, in the plant world dying specimens usually flower profusely, a last ditch effort at reproduction I suppose. So what’s going on here then? As you can see, there’s lots of healthy foliage but not one flower. Can anyone out there shed any light on our missing Buie?

There are other things missing around the place too; Lucky and Chance’s eggs. Their nest is getting bigger and bigger but they’ve gradually disposed of its contents! I wish that Puff or Biggles would call in and tell them how it’s done!


And finally, thank goodness that the weather is mild, otherwise I think that I’d have to make a wee jacket for one of the nest-thief’s chicks as most of his feathers are missing!




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4 Responses to “The case of the missing ‘Buie’”

  1. Le Petit Potager Says:

    Poor wee chap’s almost bald!
    Obviously you are a most talented woman, to make jackets for wee chicks this size………

    • garybuie01 Says:

      At least I suppose it could be sleeveless – the wee fella’s managed to sprout a few decent wing feathers!

  2. Cecilia Gunther Says:

    That nest they are building is brilliant. I wonder what is happening with your tree.. Just quietly .. we have a chicken who is laying in a hay manger in the barn, and the big bobby is going in there and stealing her eggs.A cow thieving from a chicken. Just does not seem right somehow..Eggs going missing into the maw of a cow.. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Well, I’ve never heard of that before! And after you taking such care to feed your animals the perfect diet – the ungrateful cow!!!

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