A Zen saying
Summer has arrived at long last with temperatures reaching 20C. In the skies above the garden over the weekend Swifts were screaming and performing daredevil acrobatics and butterflies were everywhere. The group recorded Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Large White, Red Admiral and Small White butterflies. Bees also were evident with many queen bees darting about the garden looking for nest sites. Several Tree Bumblebees were also seen which suggests that they now have a stronghold in the area.
|Male Orange Tip|
|Swift - or Devil Bird|
About the garden the warmer weather has kick started many plants.
|The delightful orange tulips are flowering for the second year|
|The spectacular Cherry blossom which attracts many bees|
|Species tulip in the grass garden|
|Marsh Marigold- or Kingcup on the pond edge|
|The delicate flowers of the Amelanchier|
In the green house some of the cacti plants are flowering. One plant has a magnificent carmine flower and the other a subtle desert pale pink. Again, these flowers do not last long
Recently the Sundew, Venus fly-trap and Pinguicula plants were planted together in a mini bog garden which made them look more natural than in separate pots. They have responded well to the move and now the Venus Fly-trap plants are in flower.
|The mini Bog garden|
The Barley has germinated and is growing well. We managed to keep the hungry Woodpigeons away from the sprouting seeds and now have five rows of healthy looking Barley plants. We have sown wild field poppies in with the seed.
|The rows of Barley|
Our Neighbours have kindly given us a lot of tomato plants of various varieties. The plants have been put in the cold frame for the time being until we have sorted them out.
|The trolley laden with the Tomato plants|