One of my birthday books was 'The Mammals of Cheshire'. For the last couple of weeks a Grey Squirrel has turned up for its peanuts to keep us amused though it is not recorded in this 2km square – I must send a record in.
A few years ago we bought a tiny pot of Kaffir Lily (Schizostylis coccinea) bulbs from a charity stall in Royden Park. Now we have them in three parts of the garden and, I think, their ‘children’ have travelled to Exeter as well. These are a few of today’s photos of these beautiful plants.
This is a catch-up posting on some of the things in the garden earlier in August. Sensibly, most of the insects have stayed hidden from the cold, damp breezy yuck that is our British August.
Chinese Balloon Flower
One exception to the insect dearth has been the large number of wasps and honey bees. The former is nothing unusual as we do have years of plenty every now and then. But Honey Bees have become so rare around here now as to be noticeable. This year they have flocked to the Buddleia and the Marjoram; I wonder if someone locally has a hive?
This is the hoverfly Volucella pellucens. The second photo shows it hovering.
“Look out! There’s a cat about.
Goldfinches on the niger seed feeder. (Taken through the window – hence the haziness.)
Sorry Helen, haven’t had time to check which grass this is. Perhaps you know off hand but if not I’ll probably post a comment with its name at some stage.
A frog in one of the ponds.
I took a lot more flower photos later in the month so I’ll post them another day.
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