As the globes of echinops begin to colour up they become a magnet for bees – but this busy bee was dining alone, his friends perhaps still being reluctant to dine out.
Us humans have been busy this week too, and we have been puzzled by the activities of one for neighbours. For historical and geographical reasons our garden abuts onto those of ten other properties. At the bottom of the garden, the far end where the working greenhouse is, the homeowners to the left of the fence you can see in the picture below (belonging to the property on the right) spent most of last Sunday attaching some recycled pieces of fence to the top of it, increasing the height by about 18″. The next day these pieces had disappeared, fence posts had been inserted about 12″ away from that fence, and a new 6 foot fence was being erected and painted; the next day this fence too had disappeared! If there had been a barney on either or both of the preceding days then we failed to see or hear it, but I rather suspect there was… and it may or may not be the end of the story!
While in the greenhouse, I can also show that I finally got round to some summer sowing: winter flowering pansies, foxgloves, Sweet William, aquilegia, knautia and seeds collected from Salvia ‘Purple Rain’. Apart from the aquilegia and salvia they should all germinate pretty quickly with the current temperatures – and it’s certainly too hot in there for any plants that are ‘growing on’, like those in the above picture but I need to reorganise my outside ‘nursery’ space (and remember to water the plants there).
We have several projects on the go, still under wraps, but there are a number of clues, like the barrowloads of timber taken round to a neighbour for their woodburner, and the bags and bags of green waste piling up by the gate. Our local ‘tip’ re-opened a couple of months ago but you have to book a slot and can only use it once a fortnight – and there is limit to how much can be safely fitted in a car too. Our last visit was mostly with rubble from my border revamping, so the load won’t be as heavy this time but even so it is unlikely we will be able to dispose of it all on our next visit.
Warmer days have brought out a new generation of butterflies and on a number of other occasions recently I have been fortunate to watch the proboscis of a butterfly probing the centre of a bloom for nectar. Today they have been busily enjoying the cutting beds and generally avoiding sitting long enough with their wings open for me to photograph them.
I am linking my busy Six with Jon The Propagator, who kindly hosts this meme.