|Cyclamen, almost done...|
|Lungwort, soon to be tempting Bee's I hopes...|
The daylight has also brought forth some encouraging signs from plants that were already here long before I finally found the courage to set root myself in the village. What was a very poor looking honeysuckle that lay buried under a right heaped tangle of badly matched planting, seems to have benefited from a 'rustic' bit of trellis that I threw together and is covered with healthy looking buds. A dark leaved Elder is also tentatively pushing its buds out and they're a delicious deep purple in color and an old and beautifully flowered climbing rose is starting to awaken,. So things are indeed gathering apace.
|Honeysuckle breaking forth...|
|Purple Elder showing promise of it's glorious foliage to come (Also flowers are major insect attraction)|
|Old climber with a new lease of life...|
The feeders I'm having to top up on a regular basis now as Sparrows, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, Collared Dove, Wren and Blackbird have now become regular visitors. They are even beginning to ignore the troublesome twosome as they hurtle from the back door of a morning to empty full bladders. Tis just a pity that they're not as yet comfortable enough with this here lumbering oaf of a caveman to allow him picture the little buggers! Either that or I get myself a new camera which will probably happen well after Hell freezes over, as Simple Red put it..."money's too tight to mention".
The break in the weather has allowed me to make a small amount of progress though. Firstly I dug out from the shed this...
|Bee hotel open for business|
....it is something that I cobbled together a few years ago before my fall from the world. It's a little more specific than the general 'bug hotels' one tends to find, instead it is aimed solely at solitary Bees in the hope of attracting them to the garden and also giving them a small area in which to breed.
Another piece of progress is the arrival and planting of my Willow hedge. To be honest I made a complete mess of ordering the Willow cuttings. I thought that I'd ordered 25 pieces at 12 inches tall. Imagine my surprise when the postie delivered 25 pieces at 4 bleeding foot tall! Oh well I guess at least I will be getting a wildlife friendly windbreak/hedge a damn site more rapidly now, well if the buggers take that is, and if they do I'm hoping to achieve something like this.....
|Not my picture but hopefully I'll be able to share something similar if the Willow hedge takes|
The wildlife pond is still looking very dormant with no sign of visitors or any hint of the plants deciding to shake a leg as of yet. I'm guessing that the water will take a little longer to warm up enough to encourage either but I'm really hoping that this small pond will prove to be a major factor in attracting wee beasties this year, time will tell.
I also bought some very cheap plants from the supermarket that I frequently use in Wrexham. A couple more Primula for 50p the pair, 25 Montbretia Lucifer corns for a £1, a sorry looking bag of 5 Lupins for another £1, a very limp looking Rhubarb (which hopefully will look like a small Gunnera behind the pond if it does grow) and 3 Bleeding hearts for 50p. They looked a very poor collection yet just a couple of days after planting they all seem to be perking up.
The next steps in the garden, apart from watching the place mature, will be more structural with the access point being changed, the area in front of the shed being leveled, boundaries being better defined, splitting the garden into a relaxing wildlife/meditation area and hard standing dog playground/working on outdoor projects area and finally the fish pond put in. So busy times ahead m'thinks, but ultimately worth it if the wildlife finds it a safe haven.
|Again not my picture, does the Lynx have a place in our countryside that is a question indeed but it is a beautiful creature none the less...|
On a different but still slightly related note I have read that the reintroduction of the European Lynx is being strongly considered. Personally I'm tending to be in favour of this but there is so much to consider especially now with our densely populated isles these days. The European Lynx is not your cute and cuddly puddy cat but is one hell of a serious predator. The idea is to release and monitor Lynx into the wilder parts of Britain i.e. the highlands of Scotland, Cumbria, possible the moors of the South West of England and Toxteth (oops sorry). I'm not sure of numbers but the Lynx is a wandering animal and one thought that crosses my mind is will they become urbanised? After all Foxes find our cities and their detritus very attractive and would this apex predator be so tempted? I wonder, so what are your thoughts on the idea of 're-wilding' our countryside? Linx (sorry again) to some information on European Lynx can be found here and here.
Well that's about all for today, hopefully Spring will continue springing. Till the next time, take care....