This post is mainly an update on various recent posts, starting with our family of Great Spotted Woodpeckers. It didn’t take long for the youngster to learn how to feed from the peanut feeder, now there is no stopping him/her, it is there nearly all day long!
Young Gt. Spotted Woodpecker
The female Gt. spotted Woodpecker has now started coming to the feeder, you will notice that she doesn’t have any red colouring on her head.
We now have a baby Robin coming for food each day, such a lovely little speckled bird, it won’t get it’s distinctive red breast until it has moulted.
I found the adult robin half way up the dead oak.
I should have included this rhododendron foliage in the recent Foliage post on the 22nd. Rhododendron Yakushimanum has new growth that is a beautiful silver colour. This wears off over the next few months and shows the familiar dark green.
Another that should have been included in Foliage Day is my little Acer Shindishojo which suffered from the North wind over the winter. I have now put it into a large pot and moved it into the back garden where it is sheltered from any wind that comes.
It’s Oriental Poppy time! They are so beautiful and so fleeting, wonderful when you can catch them!
A lovely white Astilbe flowering in the darkest corner of the woodland.
A double Geranium.
Rosa Snow Goose on the archway into the woodland, is doing really well this year and there are still plenty of buds to open.
Cornus kousa flowering in the border by the field. I don’t remember this shrub flowering so well before, it is covered with flowers.
Allium Globemaster and Darmera peltata growing together?! One likes it dry and the other likes it wet! The Darmera has spread to where I planted the allium, quite a distance away, but seems happy in the soil in its new position.
Mrs. Blackbird now has a brood to feed, she has been nesting in the honeysuckle over the roof of the arbour in the gravel garden at the back. Her babies have now fled the nest and she is feeding them around the garden.
Clematis Lasurstern climbing the downpipe by the conservatory and Campanula poscharskyana is scrambling up the clematis. The rose is flopping over them both!
Erigeron karvinskianus has put itself here at the corner of the house. This is a seedling of the one that died where I planted it!
Rogersia flowers, the bronze leaves have turned green, but the interest is now in the flowers.
The following 3 photos are all seedlings that I grew from Primula Postford White, it just shows what happens when you leave it all to the bees!
Another seedling of Postford White.
and yet another seedling of Postford White, the bees have been busy!
My favourite spot in the garden at the moment, my rainbow bog …..
….or is it my boggy rainbow!
Gardening is now being done in short spells, in between watching Wimbledon and dodging the showers. It’s amazing how much I get done early in the morning before breakfast with just the birds for company, I think this is the best part of the day, do you agree or are you sound asleep like any sensible person would be?!