A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Garden Wildflower "Meadow"
The miniature wildflower meadow at the top of the garden, which measures about 4 by 3 metres, is now full of flowering St John's Wort and Knapweed sp.
Although the ribwort plaintain and salad burnet have gone to seed, trefoils, vetches, poppies, buttercups, red campion and oxeye daisies are still displaying a few flowers.
St John's Wort
St John's Wort and Knapweed
There are a few scabious flowers scattered about the miniature meadow
Although the wild flowers don't attract as many butterflies as I had hoped the air is full of the sounds of several species of bumble bee, hoverflies and the occasional honey bee.
Elsewhere in the garden there have been several butterfly species around in the last week - small white, speckled wood and red admiral and last Sunday a ringlet (the first I have seen in the garden since 2005). The garden butterfly list for 2011 now stands at 10 species. Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers should be appearing soon.
We had a rare sighting of a fox in the garden on 18th June early in the morning and have spotted a common/smooth newt tadpole in the pond. The racing pigeon which I thought had moved on has made several more appearances and there are still several juvenile birds on the feeders - mainly goldfinches, greenfinches, house sparrows, blue and great tits. The amount of young birds (especially blue and great tits) does seem lower than in past years so perhaps it has been a poor breeding year locally as demonstrated by the sad failure of our garden blue tits to raise the young.
The herbaceous border is full of colour at the moment and here a few photos:
The buddleias are coming into flower and will hopefully attract some butterflies
Rowan berries are starting to ripen (always a reminder to me that autumn isn't that far away)
And here's a new arbour to replace the dilapidated old one
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