The extra bits...(Under construction).

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wildlife garden update ......

      Greetings from a rather sunny (well it was this afternoon) North Wales ladies, gentlemen and all ye other buggers. Well the first part of this update is to let you know that my tiny wildlife garden has now been given a name. Now I know that my back yard may not be as grand as the victorian fields estates of yore but it is fast becoming my little piece of paradise and I have decided that, as small and as un-grand that it be, it damn well is going to have a name. So with reference to all the allowances and compromises that this, and many other gardens have to make in providing an 'outside space' please be welcome to "Compromise Garden".

      Right now that little bit of chest puffing is out of the way here be the updates that most of you (I hope) will be interested in ....

     Well for starters the recent improvement in the weather has seen a spurt of growth in the planting and most pleasing of all is the fact that at last the bees have finally found Compromise Garden and the place is now buzzing, literally ....








     As well as the bees there have been other insects finally finding their way into the garden including the return of Whirligig Beetles, and a Pond Skater to the small pond, a whole mass of different types of Hover Flies and even a couple of Cabbage White Butterflies have dipped in and out of the garden. The birds are becoming bolder, to the extent that the Sparrows now take dust baths under the noses of the terrible twosome, there is also new avian visitors in the form of a pair of Goldfinch that appear now everyday. Hopefully soon I'll be able to show some pictures of the various feathered visitors. 

     I have not added to many new plants to the garden lately, I guess that I'm being slightly more selective now that I have the majority of the framework of the garden in place and each plant now has to truly earn its place. Having said that I have added 6 more young Lavender plants, a small Wisteria (Amethyst Falls), a Clematis from my parents, and some more wildflowers in the form of a couple of seedlings, Hawthorn and a Dog Rose, and also a clump of Common Bird's-foot-trefoil. Even at this early stage in the gardens history the changes and the way it is already evolving can be seen almost on a daily basis, from flowers fading and been outshone by emerging other blooms to the seemingly mad dash of the plants as they try to out compete each other for space. Even the scents from the garden change with faint whiffs of the most beautiful fragrances being replaced by others depending upon weather, time of day or just by where I pause to soak up the feeling of calm the garden now gives me. Indeed Compromise garden already is fulfilling the desire that I had when I first envisaged what the tiny plot behind our victorian house could provide, namely a refuge both for wildlife and for my troubled mind...













     Oh and finally as I was snapping away this caught my eye ....



     I believe it to be a Leaf Cutter Bee, it seemed to be struggling with the piece of vegetation and alighted upon this Peoni for a breather.

      There is still much to do before the full structure of the garden is finished and with the arrival of a pond liner this week the fish pond can now be started on to take the place of the desert that is presently in front of the shed so completing the hard outline for the middle of the 'glade' that I'm trying to manufacture and let the garden resemble in time.



     Well that's about it as I'm well and truly knackered so I will call it a day, until the next time take care of yourselves,

John



Thursday, 18 June 2015

Chester Zoo ....

      Evening all, just a brief post to prove that I'm still in the land of the living. Just sharing a few pics from a visit to Chester Zoological Gardens t'other day, to knackered to write much,but I will be catching up with the rest of you over the next few days, or so...ish...





















     So that's all for now ladies and gents though I have a heap of things to update you all with with future posts. Til next time take care my friends,

John

Monday, 8 June 2015

First pics with the new camera .....

     With the sun finally making an appearance I had a ten minute play with me new camera today. Going to have to read up on it as the functions are so different to my other one, guess this time I will have to read the manual! Here's the best of the crop, basically I am pleased but there is a long way to go yet though....



















     Well that's about it for this post, things to do and all that, so til the next time take care,

John