From a personal point of view I am glad to see the back of May. As most of you know Spring is not my favourite season, purely because it is so unpredictable. It has at times been exhausting. Taking large pots back and forth to the greenhouse has become my daily workout :)
The garden seems to be enjoying the cooler wet weather. Roses particularly.
A juvenile green woodpecker is a frequent visitor. He has taken to the wildlife area very well. Enjoying his daily breakfast of ants.
Rhapsody in blue, a birthday gift from my mother, is just beginning to break bud. This is a new rose to the garden, a new rose to me.
Protected from rabbits (cage at night) and slugs(organic lambs wool pellets) the lady slipper orchid is flowering in the woodland. I am a lover of garden orchids. When I saw one for sale at a local nursery I couldn't resist.
Friendly robin came for his morning chat......busy feeding fledglings at the moment, he stops by for some mealworms.
Whilst entering the copse this morning I could hear a mallard frantically calling to her young. Following the sound to an area full of nettles, I saw two ducklings caught in the wire fencing.
I stood for a moment to get my thoughts together. I am allergic to nettle stings, so had to be careful.
Firstly, went to the shed to get some shears, then to the garage to get some metal cutters. Armed with gauntlet gloves, I was ready for the challenge. Nettles were easy to get down, although I did get stung, so took a break to take some anti-histamine. Cutting through the metal fencing was difficult but I did manage to take enough away to reach in and get the ducklings out. I gently picked them up, and put them over the fence to Mum, both swam away happily in my neighbours pond.
The day has started quietly but strong winds (gusts of 55mph) and heavy rain are expected tonight.
Better weather is expected at the end of the week.....cannot wait :)