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.
|The tree ferns growing well|
|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.
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|
|Least Black Arches|
In the bee beds the small flowering Campanula and the Anchusa azurea are now flowering. The bees were quick to find them.
|The potato patch|
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!|