school garden

school garden

Friday, 3 June 2016

"There are three things which cannot be long hidden...

the sun, the moon and the truth"


 The warm weather is continuing and the garden is responding well! The tree ferns are quickly growing new fronds in the Jurassic garden and the gunnera plant is growing some very large leaves. The geranium maderense is awash with colour and the tetrapanax tree has made a growth spurt and producing many leaves.

Geranium maderense

The tree ferns growing well

Tetrapanax tree

The Gunnera plant

 In the pond the Yellow Iris plants have just started to flower.  By the end of next week they should look magnificent.

Yellow Iris

Also in the pond dragonfly activity has been high with many Broad-bodied Chasers being observed.  This is our most common breeding species in the pond.

Female Broad-bodied Chaser

Male broad-bodied Chaser

The moth trap was set during the week and despite being a warm night strangely only few moths were trapped for examination. The most interesting were several specimens of Tachystola acroxantha.  This micro moth is thought to have originated from Australia and appeared in Britain in 1908.

The Miller

Least Black Arches

Tachystoma acroxantha
In recent days the school garden and indeed the whole of Weymouth has seen a mass immigration of plutella xylostella micro moths- also known as the Diamond Backed Moth

Plutella xylostella

 In the bee beds the small flowering Campanula and the Anchusa azurea are now flowering.  The bees were quick to find them.

Geranium "Orion"

Anchusa azurea

Nearby other plants are doing well and the 'Desiree' potato crop is looking good with flowers just starting to form

The potato patch

In the greenhouse the new venus-fly traps are doing well having been divided from the mother plant earlier in the year

Prior to finishing for the day a party of newly fledged Long-tailed tits were heard busily feeding in the garden.  With some detective work the young were found in the willow classroom waiting for the parents to return with food

Finally with a good prolonged dry spell of weather we were able to finish and 'sign off' the Jurassic look out.  The supporting posts have now been treated with bitumen paint at soil level to prolong the life of them.

The supporting posts now treated with bitumen paint

New safety notice on the look-out.  Please respect this!

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