Sunday, 8 May 2011

Garden update

Good news on the nest boxes. A lot of activity going on in both of them so I think there must be young in them now. This one at the bottom of the garden has somehow been knocked sideways, by what I don't know. It hasn't disturbed the pair of great tits nesting in it. This one has what looks like a juicy caterpillar in its beak. I have seen blue tits in and out of the other box but not managed to catch them with my camera yet.

Today there were a lot of honey bees buzzing around the cotoneaster. If you look closely you can see very full pollen sacs on its legs. No sign of any honey bees. Maybe it is a bit early for them or not warm enough yet. It has been a bit chilly today and quite windy

The pond water is still looking rather green, but not maybe as bad as it was. I have put two doses of barley straw extract in but not sure how long it takes to show any effect.
Saw a newt in there again after going a week or more with no sighting.
Still a few tadpoles but their numbers seem to be diminishing. None with legs yet.

The bright summer flowers are starting to open, and typically it has started to rain the last few days. This ruins the large blooms as it tends to wash the petals away.

Clematis above and below

This lovely large poppy has beautiful flowers and has been here since we moved into the house 16 years ago. Pity the flowers don't last long, especially when it rains.

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