Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Garden alive with frogs and bumble bees

I have to hold my hands up and say that my garden isn't the tidiest one in the neighbourhood. It's true that it shouldn't be quite so wild in appearance but, in my defence, I would point out that it is very much a cottage garden and that I want a selection of wildlife to be present.

In amongst the Shasta Daisies, Golden Rod and Calendula there are dozens of froglets scurrying about. These little frogs are only about a thumbnail in size and I can't say for sure that they all came from my pond originally but they are amusing to watch. No doubt some will be lost to predators but it's nice to see them around for the moment at least.

My patio slabs aren't properly cemented together - I'm relaxed about thatand my marjoram has taken advantage of some of the gaps. Apart from that plant being attractive to butterflies it is absolutely humming with bumble bees! I'm a great lover of bees and a summer garden without any would be very depressing for me. Next month should see lots of fresh yellow as my mass of golden rod comes into flower and they normally play host to huge numbers of hover flies. The buddleia at the back of the patio is looking good: so far I've seen a small tortoiseshell, a red admiral, a peacock, a couple of commas and a small white on the bush. If we have a nice sunny weekend perhaps the numbers will build up, I really hope so.

Yes it's nice to share ones garden with nature!

4 comments:

Beth said...

Being a great lover of garden art, I enjoyed going through your blog. keep on posting. Iflorist.co.uk

tris said...

Your garden sounds like a dream.... I'm new here... is there any chance of you posting a few pictures?

brian in the tamar valley said...

Thanks very much Beth and Tris for your kind words and encouragement. I know now that at least two people have read this entry!!

Not sure about posting pictures - have thought about it in the past but haven't yet read up on how to do it or even used my digital camera! I must get to grips with all this technology!

Brian

tris said...

When you do work it out, I'd be delighted to see your pics. I love gardens that are tended with care and with pride....