May 2014

I AM BASKING in a rosy glow as I write this month’s garden diary entry!

A small duck has been a frequent visitor and some days ago we discovered that she had made a nest in amongst a large clump of Macleaya on the far side of the garden.

Today she waddled past the studio with nine little ducklings cheeping behind her!

The issue of wildlife has been on my mind. In London, after years of pesticide-free gardening, resident ladybirds dealt swiftly with greenfly and blackfly – here they thrive. Cuckoo-spit is rife and Mullein Moth caterpillars have munched their way through the leaves of a newly planted Verbascum. Not to worry – my aim is to grow plants and flowers that encourage bees, butterflies and wildlife and for a balanced eco-system with room for all. A family of ducks is quite a surprise though and now the drastic action I had planned for the Macleaya must wait until she and her brood have decamped elsewhere!

May_2014 GDimage new

2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

JANUARY_2014 GD_thumbnail

January
FEBRUARY_2014 GD_thumbnail

February
March_2014 GDthunb

March
APRIL_2014 GD thumbnail

April
May_2014 GD_thumbnail

May
JUNE2014 thumbnail

June
JULY 2014 GD_thumbnail

July
August 2014 GD_thumb copy

August
September 2014 GD_thumb

September
October 2014 GD_thumb

October
NOV_2014 GD_thumb2

November
Dec 2014 thumbnail

December