My garden news

In between thunder storms today I managed to take some photos of my garden. Yesterday I bought some pretty plants for my newest pond so I thought I’d share those.

I bought some new pond plants to put in my little pond. I discovered that my frog tub water snails have been breeding so I had some baby snails to add to my newer pond.

My vegetables are not wonderful this year as it has been a battle with snails and slugs but I do have runner beans and golden courgettes.

 

 

 

 

There don’t seem to be many butterflies this year despite planting numerous shrubs and perennials to attract bees and butterflies. I have a special butterfly house but they don’t seem that interested.

My garden is looking pretty good overall. I notice that my voodoo lilies are up again (the leaves that look a bit like a hand in the foreground). I’ve not seen any voodoo lily flowers this year which is probably just as well as they look really rather rude and smell of rotten meat to attract flies! Fortunately each flower only lasts a day and they don’t flower much. Nice tropical looking leaves though!

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There I was digging this hole…….

Well the new pond liner I bought a few weeks ago because it was on special offer has been sitting around at the top of the garden and I’ve been putting off digging the hole. Today it was cooler so I decided to have a go.

Not an easy task digging in my garden. There is rock very close to the surface then a layer of clay then another layer of rock.

A big rock lurked right in the bottom of where I wanted the pond so I attacked it with a pick axe (not very successfully!) then spotted a long and heavy crowbar in my shed. Remembering basic physics I used that to lever the rock out. Success!

A piece of carpet underlay laid in the hole and the pond filled with water, I then used the rocks I’d dug out to surround the pond.

Looking forward to seeing wildlife moving in.

and while I was taking photos I thought I’d share my lovely Chusan palm with you. I’ve had this since it was very small and I always wanted a palm tree with a hairy trunk.  Can you spot my sweet metal dragon too?

 
Happy gardening 🙂

My new leaf cutter bees

I’m really pleased today. Last year a number of leaf cutter bees made their clever little nests in the pretty little bee hotel my lovely daughter gave me. It was such fun watching them working and I looked after the baby bees over winter by wrapping their home in protective garden fleece.

It’s been such a wet miserable year until a few days ago that I was worried they were not going to hatch but the warm sunshine has brought them out. Yesterday I could hear munching as they were eating their way out. This morning I even managed to spot one resting before it flew away. Here is my photo of the newly emerged bee.

 

 

Then this afternoon I saw an older leaf cutter bee starting the cycle all over again by making a new nest.

It’s great making space for these fascinating little animals. 🙂

Avebury

Last week I went on a day trip to Avebury. It’s a lovely place to visit. First of all I went to the manor house which belongs to the National Trust.  This lovely house recently featured in a TV series called “To the Manor Reborn” and it was refurnished and decorated to allow visitors to touch things and try to imagine how it might have been to live in the house in previous eras.

The village of Avebury sits inside prehistoric stone circels and despite the rain it was a beautiful place to explore.

 

Starting a Blog

Well here we are….my first blog!  I’m enjoying reading my daughter’s blog and thought I ought to have a go too. I’m a glass engraver, a Girl Guide Leader, a family historian and a keen gardener so hope to share some fun and photos.