Having a few photos that couldn’t be made into a post by themselves, I’ve put them together to make a mixed bag for June.
Each morning, at exactly the same time, I get a wake up call. Not from the clock radio, which starts with gentle classical music to ease me into wakefulness, no it is this fellow (why am I assuming it’s male?) a large baby bird which was sitting on the back lawn the other day.
He is a big baby, obviously just out of his/her nest and crying loudly for it’s parents to come and feed it. It has lovely blue eyes but I do wish it wouldn’t start demanding food at dawn – 4am!
Just for a second it opened it’s beak, I mean, do I look like it’s parents? I’ve looked in my bird books to try and identify it, but can’t decide is it a rook, crow, jackdaw. I’m thinking jackdaw, because of its blue eyes and because the parents made their nest in a hole in next doors oak tree which is usually used by the grey squirrels each year and also from the sound they are making. I hoping that probably Snowbird at Gardens and Wildlife will be able to identify it for me. I should have taken more notice of the parents so that I could identify them. This chick wasn’t bothered by us all (our daughter was visiting with family from Bristol) so once I had photographed it with the macro lens, nice close up! we all left it in peace for its parents to come and find it. It wasn’t long before it moved into the borders where it was hidden.
They have moved away now, we can still hear them calling in the trees, but at least I’m not waking up at 4 am any more!
Having mis-named one of my roses in a recent post as Mdme Gregoire Staechelin, I thought I ought to show you the correct lady.
She is a lovely pink rose climbing on the second post of the pergola, here she is getting nice and cosy with Clematis Margot Koster.
She is growing up the post on the right of the pergola, but has climbed up and over to the left side to meet Clematis Margot Koster, I think they go so well together. Hopefully I won’t make a mistake in future and give her name to Mdme Alfred Carriere any more, I knew she was a Mdme though!
My new poppy, three pots were bought a couple of weeks ago and now they have started flowering in the Sunset Border. Garden Gnome is such a tiny poppy, only about 6 inches tall and for a long time, the flower was just bigger than a 50p piece, though getting bigger each day.. It is such a vibrant red/orange, but I feel I can get away with it in this border! I must save seed of this poppy and sprinkle it through this border and one of the others. There are lots more buds still to flower, so I will be enjoying the flowers for quite some time.
Rosa Snow Goose on the archway into the woodland is doing well this year. I had a lightbulb moment the other day, when I thought I could have twice the number of flowers if I took some cuttings!
I have taken 4 cuttings, so we’ll keep fingers crossed and hope that at least one roots, so that I will have a tiny plant to place on the opposite side of the archway in the autumn.
That’s it for my mixed bag for June, I must get back to the weeding and getting more plants planted that have been waiting by the back door for months.