Good day ladies and gentlemen and I hope that I find you all in fine fettle. Tis been a busy week for moi in one way or another to say the very least, in fact I haven't had time to fart, pardon the expression! I have to admit to having taken time away from work as the 'Dog' has bared her teeth a little and my mind needed just to calm down for awhile. But instead of dwelling upon my low mood I have, as mentioned, been as busy as a busy thing and I have a myriad of things to blog about but for the time being I shall restrict myself to just updating you upon the wildlife garden that I'm attempting to nurture.Well there certainly have been some developments in the exceedingly small area that I have for the purpose of making a haven for wildlife. There have been a couple of new fauna additions and plenty of flora additions.
Where I work the factory is a desert for wildlife with now close cropped grass where once there was a budding meadow and large areas of concrete. Every year about this time the concrete is a scene of amphibian carnage as Common Newts trek across the concrete only for most of them to be splattered by the endless forklift traffic. I do what I can when time allows collecting them and returning them to the haven beyond the perimeter fencing. But over the years there has been a steady and sharp decline in the numbers of Newts found un-splattered or not which has made me consider that the numbers will eventually die out due to the industrial environment which is still increasing in the area. On my last night shift that I attended only five living Newts, and four flat ones, were to be found. So going against my first instinct of not moving wildlife from its local I instead put the five away safely until the end of the shift and took them home to release them into the wildlife garden, where they all made a beeline for the woodpile. Once they were safely out of sight I was able to drag my weary body to bed for a much needed cuddle and long sleep. I doubt if I'll know if this amphibian transplant is a success or not as Common Newts are a secretive creature though maybe one day they will honor me with a visit to breed in the pond....
|Common or Smooth Newt inspecting my work.....|
.....The other addition to garden is the long awaited frogspawn, and before there is any wailing and gnashing of teeth no I did not take this from Nercwys Forest on my last walk up there, even though there was loads of the stuff. No this small clump was kindly donated from a work colleges pond and already within a matter of days the change in the spawn is visible.....
|Sorry about the hand shadow but it stopped the water's glare in the sun...|
Finally I have new visitors whom have appeared under their own steam....my first Bumble Bee (possibly a Queen by the size) made a brief visit to the flowering Dwarf Iris and the pond is suddenly teaming with Daphnia (too blasted small for a photograph), though how the hell they've got there is a mystery to me but bloody pleasing as the lower tiers of the food chain appear to be occurring in the pond...result!
So that's the fauna news so onto the flora, but where to begin? Well to start with in previous posts I have explained that this small patch of Eden will have to be a compromise, yes I refer to it as a wildlife garden but also it must contain a
Other news is the delivery and installation of not one but two compost containers. I'm not a fan of the plastic type but again the word compromise rules the day. They fit brilliantly in the space allocated and they were free, one was a donation and t'other was err ah yes 'reclaimed' from a derelict garden (well slightly overgrown). The first one is already half full thanks to a kindly donation of well rotted horse poo from a Mr. Rodgers and is now being topped up with all things composty...
|Compost bins one & two...|
Well I guess that covers progress so far apart from some visual aids for you all (that'll be pictures then).....
|Dwarf Iris or now called Bee magnet|
|Patio pots planted under supervision..|
|The pond border towards the workshop|
|The pond border towards to log pile|
Oh and one last thing, tis funny how outlooks change. I found a solitary Nettle plant that had taken up residence, now a few years ago this would have been ragged out or killed by chemicals but 'the now' is slightly different. Compromise comes to play again and I just have not the space nor the time to have a forest of these tenacious plants running riot in this small plot but I do have a long tub, spare compost and a space where said tub fits snugly so the last plant to add to this weeks planting list is Common Nettle, for the bugs of course.
Til the next time, take care all,