I am back to Butterfly Surveying. The season begins on the 1st April and runs through till October. The weather has been very poor so there's been little point in surveying until today. We saw Brimstones, a Comma, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, some nectaring on Sallow, underlining the value of Goat Willow as a food plant.
The deer herd at college were on their usual inquisitive form...
M and I had some Garden Centre Indulgence this afternoon and came home with packets of seeds, some new plants and a bargain basement David Austin Orange Rose, which I had been searching for all of last summer to no avail, so I was thrilled to pick it up for £6 :o)
I chose seeds for the wildlife and came back with a good selection, including a number of wildflower mixes which we tried last year and which worked beautifully.
I was also unable to resist this amazing Tiger Eyes Viola (and it smells gorgeous too)...
And of course I can't come home from a garden centre without something white for the moths. We have friends who run a local garden centre and their prices are very good. That is where the white violas came from - 80p each.
M shot off to see his Pa in hospital after we got back. It's a slow recovery and he's not used to being sedentary so is finding it a struggle. I hadn't appreciated that they stop your heart and lungs for the duration of the op. It's no wonder his body is taking time to come back on line properly.
While he was out, the dogs and I perambulated around the garden exploring all the blooms that have come out recently....
|Camelia and Friend|
It is a wildlife pond so is supposed to look overgrown and wild :o) It'll be two this May.
We have a tree trunk next to it which Pop and I like to share sitting on, although this time she sat on my lap and stared into the water instead. Her attention was particularly held by the pond skaters who kept shooting across the surface of the water making her jump :o)
A Poppy Eye View of the world....
Meanwhile, Ted was busy sunbathing on the step by the wellies, which is his Customary Place in Summer Time....
He did come up to the pond, but only made it as far as the apple tree before plonking down on the grass...
M has been busy constructing a new compost heap and we've now transferred the food waste compost bin which used to stand beside the house up next to the compost area, so the whole thing looks and feels much tidier. There's also a pile of sticks up there which I leave for the snakes. We have a good population of grass snakes who use the garden and the compost heaps, which are next to the pond, are their favoured place for egg laying. The pile of sticks beside the compost and the refugia next to it all provide important cover for the babies after they've hatched. Poppy is aware of this and never misses a trick to sniff out potential Things To Play With. Luckily, no snake sightings today...
I'll leave you with a Selfie Pop and I took while up by the pond. L says technically it isn't a selfie because a) I took it with a proper camera not a phone and b) there are two of us in it, so it should more properly be called a groupie. That meant something different in my day, but as he's the expert on all things teenage I will happily bow to his Greater Knowledge in this area :o)
Anyway, I rather like it.
Hope you're all having a great Easter Weekend,