I'm sat here at my computrer trying to tpye but all the time my eyes are being distratced by the comnigs and gonigs of the pair of sparrwos outside my widnow. (Right, concentrate Adrian! Eyes back on the keyboard).
The female sparrow has just come in with a big green caterpillar, while the male seems to be specialising in beakfuls of blackfly, probably off my broad beans. (Go for it, boy - have as many as you want!).
It made me think about how important it is to give yourself a pat on the back for anything you have done in the garden over the last few months to help give nature a home. Now is the time to take a moment (indeed, as many moments as you like) to just enjoy it, revel in it, celebrate it.
Buoyed by this thought, I've just taken been to grab a snapshot of some of the wildlife happenings in my garden. Don't worry - I'm not after praise; what I'd love is if it prompts you to think of all the great stuff you've achieved.
So my eye was drawn to my Red Campion, all grown from seed, which is now forming swathes of colour in more shady areas where previously there was none. It is so easy to grow and it is one of our most glorious native flowers.
Then there is my Bird'sfoot Trefoil which again I've grown from seed and now in its second year is blooming like crazy. I planted it primarily for the caterpillars of Common Blue butterflies, but it is such a sure-fire winner with all sorts of bee species. Here today there were Common Carder Bees...
...and Red-tailed Bumblebees...
I found brand new life in the pond - this just-emerged gossamer damselfly, so fresh out of its nymphal case (the exuvia), is still to flush with colour, but is a Large Red Damselfly.
And there are new projects from this winter that are just starting to settle in, such as the Boat Garden (I found the boat buried in the garden, and thought I ought to use it somehow!).
It may not look much yet, but those little smudges of green you can see are native plants I collected as seed on our glorious beaches over the last two years, such as this Sea Kale which is already blooming and providing nectar:
The thing is that there are so many of us doing little things to help wildlife in our gardens, on our balconies and in our local greenspace that it adds up to a pretty monumental difference for wildlife. One pair of sparrows may seem nothing, but combined with all of your pairs of sparrows, in combination we are giving the species a fighting chance. That's the value of us all doing our bit.
Hi Anne. I know what you mean about needing proper rain - we're parched down here in Sussex. Yes, your experience of wildflowers growing rather too vigorously and then flopping is typical of many of our species that like poorer soil. However, there are some native plant species that don't mind nutrient richness - I'd recommend you have a look at the Emorsgate website of their wildflower seed mixes and look at the species they put in the soil that is closest to yours. wildseed.co.uk/.../meadow-and-grassland.
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