So, I’ve had my Sunday rant (nearly as fulfilling as a Sunday Roast), now it’s time to get back to appreciating what I have got.
Earlier I was watching a live videocast by friend and colleague David Lindo from his lockdown in Extremadura, Spain. What a great idea showing us the birds on his cycle ride from where he is self-isolated. A partly flooded rice field with stilts, egrets and ibises, bee-eaters, raptors, and hirundines overhead, shrikes and spotless starlings on the wires etc. all the while answering messages from viewers… well done David.
The wind dropped, the rain stopped and the sun came out. There was an hour to feed the birds and plant out some of those deliveries.
Having planted up this hanging basket and left it in the mini-greenhouse it was ready to hang in situ.
Sea Holly Eryngium bourgatii ‘Picos Amethyst’
The sea-holly planted at the back end of last year is in flower… forming part of my blue bed it is obscured by the rather ugly gladioli leaves that I did not want in the border and for the most part obscured by the rudely intrusive oriental poppies.
The photo above is of a mystery plant… another I didn’t plant that somehow found its way into a pot. My guess is a mimulus of some sort, let me know if you know better.
Lifting the old feed catcher for its weekly clean revealed five residents in the damp slug haven. It is endlessly fascinating how many different colours and sizes one small pond can give rise to.