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, 7 July 2012
Garden Meadow and Flowers and a Juvenile "Woodie"
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker has been visiting the feeders for a few weeks now - first with the adults and now on its own.
The newly planted part of the garden wildflower "meadow" has finally caught up growth wise with the rest of the meadow that has been there for many years.
When we first planted the mini meadow poppies dominated in the first year and the same thing is happening again:
Meadow Buttercups, Ribwort Plantain and Red and White Campion are still in flower and now other species are coming into bloom.
St John's Wort - exceedingly popular with insects (or it would be if it ever stopped raining!)
Common Vetch (hopefully I've got it right!) and Ox-eye Daisies
More Corn Poppies - there are lots of buds so we should get many more coming into flower
The "nectar" pot I planted with Nasturtiums, Candytuft and Pot Marigolds to attract insects is now coming into flower. I should have thinned the seedlings out more as it looks a trifle overcrowded and caterpillars already seem to be munching holes in the leaves!
I bought Brian, at his request, a solar fountain for his birthday. It turns out he didn't really want a fountain but just the pump and solar panel to make a waterfall which will fall down the rockery at the back of the pond. I'll show you the finished version one day........!
Some more photos of the juvenile Great Spotted Woodie. The photos were taken through a rather dirty kitchen window!
so I've adjusted the brightness and contrast on the rest of the photos!
One of my favourite plants at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is "Bleeding Heart" or Dicentra spectabilis. I finally managed to get a few roots of this plant recently by mail order and already leaves and flowers have appeared.
The plant is also known as "Lady in the Bath" and "Lady in a Boat". If you turn up the flowers and open them you can see what looks like a little white lady in a boat or bath. Another common name is "Lady's Locket".
I found a Dunnock's nest in the garden early last week with 2 eggs. It was located at the top of a bay tree and was quite exposed. Two young hatched on Thursday and somehow managed to survive yesterday's torrential rain but sadly, despite covering the top of the bush with chicken wire to try and give some protection from predators, the nest was predated this morning.
I still haven't seen any butterflies recently and bumble bees and hoverflies are notable by their absence. I did run the moth trap last night and had my best catch of the year - dozens of moths in rain-sodden egg-boxes! I'll do a post in a few days as its going to take me a while to identify them all. There are plenty of micros so the new Micro Field Guide will come in handy! I think I have a new garden tick - a Barred Straw unless it turns out to be a Spinach and Uncertain has appeared in large numbers.
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