school garden

school garden

Monday, 17 September 2012

A sneaky preview.....

Over the last weekend a big push was made to get the new eco-loo in the school garden up to scratch and ready to hand over.  Internal fixings were sourced and secured and a solar powered internal light was fitted for those darker moments.

It was decided to 'stain' the wood shiplap a pleasant shade of green.  The second coat was applied this afternoon and weather permitting the third and final coat will be applied tomorrow.

The water butt is now the seventh  we have installed in the school garden. Hopefully they will help us with the collection of rain water and put us in a more eco-friendlly light reducing the need to resort to a hose pipe.

During sunday afternoon there were good numbers of Migrant Hawker dragonflies quartering over the garden feeding on the large number of gnats sheltering in the warmer air and thermals around the trees. These dragonflies are very agile and almost stand on their head when they stop and turn and chase a  gnat.  In the sky when large numbers are feeding and displaying the scene becomes a ballet dance as the insects perform intricate manoevures of twists and turns.  A delight to the eye.

These dragonflies should and can survive well into November if the weather is not too harsh.  However a sign of autumn approaching was the Robin-  who has now changed his delightlful summer song to a more mournful ditty. Watch the temperatures tumble now.....

Sunday, 9 September 2012

We have been here before!

The squirrels are back. They seem to be enjoying a two course meal at the moment.

First find a sunflower,  Climb up it until it falls over and then bite the flowering head off

Carry the seed head to the willow classroom and start to eat

 Discover that it is easier to eat at the table


Main Course;
Return to the garden and climb up  a sweet corn plant until it snaps off and remove the cob

Carry to willow classroom and find another table

Wandering around the garden yesterday it was a delight to see so many bees and butterflies about. Hoverflies were also in abundance and several species were seen.  The warm weather has brought an influx of migrant insects from France and Red Admiral butterlies were everywhere favouring the buddleia bushes in the bird garden.  Of more interest though was the dozens of Silver Y moths in the garden nectaring from the flowers.  They are a little cryptic when resting!

Finally a close up of a small jewel of an insect which often gets bad press! A  Bluebottle fly. A real jewel in the crown

A new term now and new faces and more opportunities in the garden