We are eating our own pak choi, spinach, lettuce, broad beans, strawberries and rocket, and the veg patches are stuffed full of things in various stages of healthy growth. M is a happy bunny because the veg is his domain, and I am a happy bunny because my bees and insect people have places to feed and shelter.
(but not for long once the mice and birds spot them)
Greenhouse bursting at the seams
Hanging Basket Tomatoes
One of M's creations
Mavis is still broody (silly bird),
so egg laying duties are being fulfilled by Ruby and Mrs Peckham
Freesias and Tagetes
Guelder Rose growing on the veg patch wall
These nicotiana were £2 for 6 in Romsey's Corn-market over the weekend.
Woundwort growing wild in the garden
A healing plant traditionally used to treat inflammation and boost circulation
We had a strawberry each for breakfast. Delicious.
Out of my kitchen window I can see.....
I am very pleased to report that we have a New Toad in the garden. The old toad has not been seen since Samantha Helvetica (grass snake) was here, from which I invite you to draw your own conclusions :-(
Last night Teddy found the New Toad sitting on the broom, which can't have been entirely comfortable for him but at least insured he was safe from Teddy licking him, which he is wont to do with toads even though he knows it makes him sick.
This morning I found the New Toad sitting inside the food compost bin. I feel he could perhaps have chosen a more salubrious location, but it is cool and more importantly safe from snakes and Teddies, so perhaps he knows what he is doing and this is an example of Toad Wisdom and not Toad Silliness in action.
Toad's New House
This is the dilapidated one on the right held together with bailer twine and stationed next door to the dog poo bucket, as evidenced by the orange sainsbury's bag poking out the top.
I was up with the lark this morning because the moth box was out. I'd been lulled into false hope by today's 20 degree forecast and stupidly neglected to check the night time temperatures. It was a chilly 8 degrees at 6am with a heavy dew lying on the ground and as a result there were only 11 moths in the box, only one of which was a new species. Lesson learnt.
A Buff Tip, who looks exactly like a silver birch twig. Clever Old Moth.
A Swallow Prominent and a new species for me. It is a very beautiful moth I think.
The garden birds were rather surprised to see me out so early (although they should be getting used to it by now), but Teddy was ecstatic. Anti Early Squirrel Warning Devices have been deployed, which means that the glass doors have been covered up with cardboard and blocked off with dining room chairs and as a result he can't see the squirrels laughing at him anymore, but he still knows they are there, so he is desperate to rush up the garden first thing and bark at the hedge to reinforce the point that he is Boss Of The Garden not the squirrels.
Here are some pics of the people that were out and about first thing this morning....
(who was lucky Ted was occupied with the Pigeon Watcher's Club and therefore didn't spot him)
Three Blue Tit Babies
The nuthatches were also out this morning but the camera wouldn't focus fast enough and they were gone before I got a pic. The nuthatch babies are the only children from the garden I am still waiting to see. I told Christa at emiliesdaughter that I would fall over if I saw the Woodpecker's Children and the Nuthatches Children, so I've only got one set of babies to go!
It's only 10am but already I feel like I've done a whole day. The sun is shining and Ted and I are off down the lane for a wander in a minute then it's lunch later on with my Ma in Stockbridge. Hope you all have a good day whatever you are doing, and if it's sunny and warm that you are able to get outside and enjoy it. I think I shall treat myself to Wimbledon after lunch. Pity I ate the strawberry already really......