This week's quote is taken from Tibetan teaching. During the week when the working party was taking a pause it was so calm and peaceful you could hear the clicking from the wings of the dragonflies feeding over the garden.
Three species of dragonflies were noted in the garden one afternoon recently - perhaps the most interesting one was the Southern Hawker. An irregular visitor to the pond but it has been seen egg laying there in previous years.
The cabbage and curly kale plants have been devastated by the caterpillars of the large white butterfly. The caterpillars are often cryptic to see but these two were caught unawares basking in the sun
In the bee nesting box many of the Red Mason Bees have hatched but it appears that perhaps these boxes are not so good for the bees as spiders get inside them and spin cobwebs there and the newly hatched bees fly straight into the cobweb and fall prey to the spider. A design fault maybe but the bees deserve better than this. A modification will be considered.
|The bee box in the pond area|
|Inside the box- several dead bees can be seen|
|Ripe figs- ready for eating|
|Mexican Hat flowers|
|The entrance which leads in to the garden|
|The stubby posts work well in the very hard ground here!|
|The path into the garden area|
|Lengths were joined using sawn-off bolts and hammered together|
The garden has also been visited on several afternoons recently by our friends next door in Highclere House who have enjoyed wandering around the garden and taking in the peace and quiet here.
Finally the Sparrowhawk which regularly flies over the garden was caught taking a bath the other afternoon. Some stealth was required but a couple of pictures were taken before it took off again