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
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Autumn Colour in the Garden
Cosmos is still flowering in our garden providing nectar for the occasional pollinator that passes by.
I bought this Rudbeckia from a NT property earlier this year - can't for the life of me remember which one - to begin replacing the half dozen or so I seem to have lost in the garden. My favourite pink Cone flower has also disappeared along with the chocolate scabious :( Sadly, I think B often decides to "weed" the herbaceous border just as the plants are starting to grow and some of the perennials come out with the unwanted ones :(
Ragwort is still flowering in the "no mow zone" of the main lawn.
Michaelmas Daisies - one of my favourites although I seem to have also lost the deep pink one we had :(
Whitebeam fallen leaves and berries. I must try and collect some of the latter and try and get them to germinate this year in case we do eventually decide to move. The whitebeam appeared as a self-seeded sapling not long after we moved in and is one feature of the garden I would really miss if we left so it would be good to take a young tree with us.
Wild Carrot Seedhead near the wildflower meadow. B has now cut the meadow - I think we might get a better idea next year if the sowing of copious Yellow Rattle plants has curbed the dreaded couch grass. There didn't seem to be an increase in wild flowers this year but couch grass was certainly less vigorous.
Ice Plant - again these don't seem to have flowered as well as usual this year.
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.