Tuesday, 5 July 2016

How Does Your Garden Grow?

































Its positively hot here today. 20 degrees :o) Sunshine with occasional clouds. The butterflies have returned to the garden, mostly Large Skippers, Commas and the odd Ringlet. There isn't as much buzzing about as I'd expected though. Perhaps they've all got out of the habit of heat and have remained hidden away in shock? 

I've escorted two honey bees out of the house. They didn't appear all that grateful, more annoyed that someone had inconsiderately built a house directly in their flight path. And there is something large and elusive that keeps flirting with the front garden and then disappearing whenever I go out to investigate. Not a dragon, I'm wondering if it's a Lunar Clearwing Moth (they look like gigantic hornets but are entirely stingless and harmless).

There is a huge Queen Hornet in the garden. You can hear her coming a mile away and everyone gets out of her path, including the little tailess Robin you can see in the pictures above. She was nosing about near the bats' front door in the roof yesterday. I was rather concerned that she'd go in but thankfully she didn't. It's a batchelor pad (no joke- we have two male Pips living in there). One of the residents was unfortunately taken by the Sparrowhawk but a new chap has since arrived and the two of them seem to be getting on famously, judging from how they flit about the garden together at dusk, happily echo-locating insects to devour. Male Pips live away from the ladies and children (who occupy vast maternity roosts). It is fairly common to find two who've set up home together and live like that, untroubled by women and children, for the thirty or so years of their lives. I don't think they'd much enjoy sharing with a hornet so it's a relief all round that she's gone elsewhere.

The dogs have been making me smile this afternoon. Ted has spent much of his time passed out in various places, stretched out on the grass, while Pop has been sitting on the bench at the top of the garden. That was after she exhausted herself playing her second favourite game of watch-the-rat......


Can you see the little rat to the left on the gravel path? She is the only Terrier I know who gleans more pleasure from watching rats than actually chasing them. Ted, of course, doesn't understand this at all and would have been apoplectic, had he not been passed out beside the flowers at the time....


Hope all are well?

CT :o)

22 comments:

  1. Well the sun is out here but it is not exactly hot. Still it felt good to fill a watering can or two at the allotment today. The sad news is the council mowed our wildflower meadow the other day but the good news is that I've never seen so many bumble bees on my borage - two or even three to each flower. They were so drunk they were rolling off the flowers. Your garden is looking so pretty. It is proving to be a very good year for fruit so I spent a little time today thinning my apples from clusters of six to three - cruel to be kind - and the summer raspberries especially are just loving this cool wet summer. Cheers CT!

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  2. My Jack would still be chasing that rat. I love your photos and garden . I have just been to check my garden and it needs a good watering after supper. I am excited that everything is growing well and cannot wait to reap my hard labour. The temps are soaring at 100 today and usually 85 is normal for us. Cannot complain, as we have just had a thunderstorm 2 nights ago and it was a dilly....and looks to me like the clouds are lining up to repeat this action. Aah, life is good. Take care pal and have a great day.

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  3. Well your garden is growing very well, it looks beautiful, things are hotting up here at last, long may it continue I say x

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  4. your close ups of the flwoers and fruit are terrific and I love ALL the images of both dogs.

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  5. Poppy and Ted always make me laugh. Rocky would be on Teds side, he certainly wouldn't waste time staring at a rat. Any small creature come to that x

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  6. Oh the poor exhausted pooches!!!

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  7. What a lovely post. I could just reach out and pick those berries! Fancy bats living so long; who knew? Well, obviously not me any way and I love the thought of 'The Odd Couple' living in your roof. The tail free robin is so sweet and we could do with borrowing Ted to deal with our rat problem under the chicken house! Enjoy the sunshine. xx

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  8. What strikes me immediately is that the weather must be so much better with you - those garden flowers look to be at their very best.

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  9. Everything looking good in your garden. We have a sad lack of butterflies, only seen 3 all week.

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  10. such vibrant colours in your garden!! and i'm very envious of your lush green-ness....we're toasted to a crisp in these parts. one day last week, the grass simply gave up and turned brown, almost overnight. i'm at the point of prioritizing what gets watered....a grim sort of garden-tending Sophie's Choice. *sigh* the wildflowers all seem to be blooming many weeks ahead of schedule...probably in a frantic effort of self-preservation. oh, the joys of climate change.

    i'm glad the hornet didn't try to bunk in with the bats. i can't see that being a happy threesome!

    good old Ted...he's got the right idea. hot days are best spent in the prone position.

    xoxo

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  11. Dear puppies. I think we need one of those little dogsters soon. Do you think the rat waits for Ted to nod off before he comes out for a stroll? I wonder how close he gets. They will both get a shock if Ted wakes up suddenly. It's all looking delightful in your garden. Isn't the sunshine wonderful. CJ xx

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  12. Hey CT,
    What beautiful blooms. Honey spends her time barking at fat wood pigeons. They are unconcerned. All is well here, and the weather is glorious.
    Leanne xx

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  13. Beautiful post...do love to see your dogs doing their thing. Glad your little Robin kept clear and went to find other suitable lodgings. Glad the sun has made a come back, probably kept a low profile while Brexit died down (abit)... anyhoo enjoy it all.
    We are in winter mode here...28mm of rain last night, school holidays and the Ark is looking like a possibility.
    Cheers me dears xxxx

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  14. Lovely to see how your garden is doing, mine seems to have exploded in the last week, and the garden is full.Old man did enjoy a bit of sunbathing yesterday in the sun.
    The bee's in the roof have moved on, which means I don't have to be on bee watch as much and they to have stopped coming in the kitchen.
    Your veg and fruit look lovely, think they have enjoyed the wet weather this year.
    Amanda xx

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  15. Truly scrumptious! Amazing what a spot of sun can do. Enjoy. x

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  16. That's a lovely garden you have. Ted has the right idea.

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  17. Never mind Pops, I would have been chasing the rat away! The flowers are so beautiful aren't they! Don't you just love how you can tell bees the right way to go and they comply, flies are so annoying, you say turn right, or go back and they just spin in circles but bees follow instructions. Far more intelligent! Bet you think I am crazy now! xx

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  18. What beautiful flower photos. I love the way you are so accepting of all forms of life - the hornet would scare me a bit...

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  19. Your garden looks wonderful! I found that very amusing that Pop was just looking at the rat! Tavi would have been just like Ted if he was wide awake! Sarah x

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  20. Really fabulous photos! I enjoyed the narrative too - I didn't know that bats segregated themselves.

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  21. I love all the photos, especially of the lovely dogs enjoying the sun. Harry is interested in sniffing after rodents but I'm not sure what he'd do if he actually saw a rat. I think he's too old now to chase it. That is interesting about the bats. I believe our local bats are soprano pipistrelles but I don't know where they roost.

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  22. Sweet dogs... Dogs are brilliant, aren't they?! Your garden is looking magnificent. Here's hoping for more summery weather soon - I'd like it to be so warm that all I have to do is to lie on the grass and listen to the bees and not do very much at all. Sam x

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