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Springwatch in the Garden

June 6, 2013

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Three weeks ago we spotted this little wren bobbing in and out of a nest pouch with a beak-full of straw. I’m sorry to say it set up home but then decided it was too close to the house and it hasn’t been seen since.

Meanwhile the bees are busy doing their bit for cross-pollination of the aquilegia…

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and gathering pollen on Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’…

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And while I was photographing a combination of the pink and green flowers of Tellima grandiflora against the lime green  flowers of Euphorbia robbiae a bee lowered itself into the heart of a Welsh poppy in the foreground and emerged smothered in pollen.

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I planted four bronze fennel Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ and added four Achillea ‘Desert Eve’  (who thinks of these names) to improve a bed near the house.  I chose the achillea for its pale yellow flowers and because it grows to a medium height of 60cms. It looks lovely with the grey/green leaves of Sedum ‘Autumn Glory’ and it will look very lovely when the green flower heads of the sedums emerge in a month or two. I particularly like sedum flowers at the early stage when they resemble fat broccoli heads. They are also lovely when they turn green and red at the end of summer before they become full red in autumn.

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And waste not want not -below are the flowers of purple sprouting broccoli cheering up the garden table.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2013 12:57 pm

    nice shot of the Tellima grandiflora.

    • June 6, 2013 1:23 pm

      It’s a favourite perennial of mine and has bloomed for the last six weeks.

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