We must start this blog entry with a huge thank you to all those who kindly donated ferns of all shapes and sizes to the school for planting up in the Jurassic Garden. We now have enough plants and they have all been positioned where we hope they will have the maximum effect.
|An eye-catching shadow from the fern!|
|The tree fern behind the eggs|
|A general view across the garden|
The hanging baskets have been planted up with the trailing sunflowers 'Inca Gold', which we are trialling this year, and the deep blue lobelia 'Monsoon'. The hanging baskets will be kept in the shelter and warmth of the greenhouse until they have filled out sufficiently and the weather warmed up.
|The hanging baskets|
The pond has burst into life with the advent of warmer weather. A lot of Broad -bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) dragonflies have been seen emerging and flying around. The count of four in the air together over the weekend was unprecedented and along with them the first hatched Azure Damselflies (Coenagrion puella)
|Freshly emerged dragonfly still drying wings|
|Male Broad-bodied Chaser|
|Water Spearwort- we await the large yellow buttercup-like flowers|
|The flowering Chives look terrific and the bees love them!|
|Borage flowers are stunning and also attracting bees.|
|The white clematis|
|The Ligularias are doing well|
|Beauty in the grass garden- Briza media and Stipa gigantea|
|Colour in the greenhouse|
|The echiums are starting to reach for the sky!|
|Holly Blue butterfly- they have been very common this Spring|
The first painted Lady butterfly of the year has also been recorded in the garden. Favourable winds for a few days enabled the first of these to arrive on British shores
|Painted Lady butterfly|
Our potato crops are doing well in both the edible garden and also the World War 2 garden. The Desiree's have already been earthed up twice and those remaining will be earthed up during the week.
|The potato crop!|