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A tour of my Patch…. May 2018

My garden always starts to explode with foliage around this time of the year and I love it! I can’t believe how much it has changed in the last month. Suddenly everything has taken off and growth has been amazing. The warm weather last weekend really kickstarted everything into action and now I am trimming and cutting back to stop it meeting in the middle!

I took some photos today as, with a little sunshine, it was all looking so lovely out there. After a busy week last week, it was lovely to spend some time out there this morning, enjoying the bird song and the sights and smells of my Spring garden….

The wild flower meadow areas are dominated by campion, but I have been trimming the edges to allow more species to come through and have a chance to take hold. Leaving areas un-cut and varying the trimming and cutting means that you can encourage a variety of species….

The pond is now difficult to find due to the huge amount of growth by the ferns and marsh marigolds… it is there somewhere!

Lots of my nectar rich perennials are starting to pop up so I hope there is a good show of flowers for the insects a little later in the season…

I took a few videos as I walked up the garden and then from the living roof on my hub. I experimented with Adobe Spark app on my phone to link them together and create this….

I am incredibly lucky to have a place like this to develop with wildlife in mind, but however big or small your garden, you can make space for wildlife.

You my remember this small waterhole I made out of a recycled tyre, for Countryfile diaries earlier in the year….. #gallery-18124-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-18124-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-18124-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-18124-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

It cost me nothing at all to make and would be suitable for even a tiny garden. I then surrounded it with logs and planted it up with bits lifted from around the garden.

I have mounted a camera on this pool and have been amazed by the variety birds that are now visiting it regularly both to drink and the bathe. These clips show some of those visitors in the last week. The whitethroat was a fantastic bonus and a new species for my patch!


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