|Zephirine drouhin, a truly thornless rose.|
One of the first things we made when we first moved here was a small pond, we wanted to encourage frogs and other wild life into the garden. It takes some time to establish a natural ecosystem but this year we were rewarded with frogs choosing to spawn in our pond. We have three different stage tadpoles, some just very fat but without their legs developed yet, others have their legs and others are now froglets, yet we have never seen an adult frog in or even near the pond.
Removing some of the duck weed that appears in ponds from nowhere we found all sorts of interesting pond life, Dragonfly larvae, not the prettiest of things, also a predator of tadpoles,
|The clams are tiny but there's a lot of them.|
Our poultry numbers have increased significantly in the past few days.
Living in such a rural area means we get to see quite a bit of wild life, we have pheasants, red squirrels, the dreaded Pine Marten , Mink, rabbits and Hares. There seems to be more hares around here than rabbits,
|The garden is in full bloom now.|
We are still getting strawberries from the tunnel and the first of the Cambridge favourite in the garden are now showing colour, we should have a continues supply for a while longer, then it should be the turn of the gooseberries and raspberries.
Elder trees are full of flowers, last year they didn't flower until autumn, we will go gathering in the next few days and I will make some elderflower cordial, lovely on a warm summers day.
|They look like roses but they are Ranunculus.|
|A smug looking cat.|
|I wonder if he has a name?|
|Snowball bush, a cutting we brought with us from Spain, now is a real bush.|
|The alums are good this year.|