Out in the garden at the beginning of the week in the sunshine I was happy to see more honey bees, bumblebees, and other pollinators enjoying the nectar on several plants which are still in flower. Apart from #1 all the images this week were all taken with my macro lens. It’s not often that the weather is still enough for me to take this out into the garden so I was glad of the opportunity to do so.
(1) First, though not strictly IN my garden, was this Buzzard. I could hear the constant mewing of a buzzard from my room. It seemed to come from close by and not in the sky. Looking out from my upstairs window I tracked the noise to the field opposite and then a large brown bird suddenly flew out from the field and landed on a telegraph pole in the lane. The mewing continued so I wondered whether it was a young bird. Occasionally another sound could be heard from further away. The bird stayed on the pole for well over half an hour, crying out the entire time. Sorry, even my longest lens couldn’t get a clear image.
(2) Asters are starting to open now. This little flower was already attracting visitors.
(3) Bee fight. I have never witnessed bees being aggressive to each other before, until I was observing the bee on the top of this Helenium going round and round collecting pollen when another bee alighted on the same flower. Usually bees feed together in peace, not this time. Bee #1 suddenly struck out at bee #2 pushing it off the nectar filled centre of the flower and onto the petals where it sat for a minute or so flicking its proboscis in and out and wiping it down with its front feet.
(4) Deadheading the Calendula in the herb bed I noticed several of the large cabbage white caterpillars were feeding on my nasturtium leaves. I don’t mind. I’m not growing any brassicas so I shall leave them be.
(5) I’m not sure what this flower is, it came from the packet of pollinator seeds which I sowed in the spring. Possibly some kind of cornflower? Anyway, this tiny fly was very attracted to it.
(6) I have left this until the last, so if you are an arachnophobe you can switch off now. The spider species Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver. One you will most definitely encounter whilst gardening at this time of the year!
This week has been Chelsea week and I am sure many Sixers will have been tuned in to the Beeb to watch the goings-on or maybe even visiting in person – is it just me or does anyone else wonder about the effect these types of shows have on the environment? I was puzzled by the need to transport huge chunks of rock from the Ural mountains – the cost, the carbon footprint of the transportation, the removal of them from their natural place in the world. And the trees. All those big trees – where do they go after the shows? How do they cope with all the moving and re-planting? And how much do these show gardens cost to create? I know some of the gardens get ‘moved’ to other places afterwards where people can enjoy them, but I’m beginning to have serious doubts about the ethics of such shows.
As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world.
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