May 2020 was another gloriously sunny month meaning the Spring of 2020 has been amazingly dry. Although it has meant a lot of watering in the garden, the weather has taken the edge off the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with its various restrictions. I take part in a monthly photography challenge run by Jane Burkinshaw of Love Your Lens, where we post images related to particular a theme to a Facebook group for friendly critique. The theme for May was ‘nature’ and as such quite a lot of my photos of the garden this month were of birds and bugs and other beasts besides. I make no apology for this as an objective has been to attract more wildlife into our little patch and I’ve been delighted by the number of birds we have had visiting. It also gave me reason to practice a bit more with my macro lens.
Our Tiny Garden
You can see in these images how the garden has sharp contrasts of sun and shade being small and fenced in. Now that the tree has all its leaves that shade is extended into early afternoon. On a hot day though that can be quite a welcome thing. You’ll also notice that the garden now has some garish children’s play equipment. Not the best from a garden design perspective but very handy for keeping the boy occupied while I potter about dead-heading.
Birds and other beasts
We have had absolutely loads of birds in the garden during Spring and I’ve been making an attempt to capture a few images of them enjoying the food we put out for them. The Sparrows always arrive in a gang, while the Blue Tits are often in ones and twos and Mr and Mrs Black Cap take it in turns – the female has a brown rather than black cap which is how you can tell. The Black Cap and the little Wren may not look wildly exotic but they have the most beautiful songs.
Vying for the bird food is often a rather large grey squirrel which muscles its way in and performs all sorts of contortions to get its fix of sunflower seeds.
It’s bees that get the most attention in the world of garden insects but if you focus on the details there are all sorts of bugs lurking around in the undergrowth. Having bought a new macro lens last month I had a go at trying to capture a few in a little more detail. I find them quite fascinating.
The last of the bulbs that I planted in the Autumn to arrive were these gorgeous Dutch Iris ‘Miss Saigon’. Well worth the wait!
Sometimes the flower buds on a plant can provide quite a tantalising little glimmer of the display they are about to unleash.
Taking the time to notice the little details in the garden really enhances the experience, like these Aquilegia seed heads which look a little bit like fairy crowns, and the slightly inconspicuous flowers of Heuchera.
The Wallflowers that I had planted against the house lasted well into late May and provided quite the feast for the bees and other pollinators as well as an uplifting hit of vibrant colour for us to enjoy. The rather more delicate, and fleeting, Campanula persicifolia also emerged from the border with a first flush of bellflowers.
I bought and planted a new Clematis in early May and by the end of month it was starting to bloom with the most lovely violet flowers. This is a little macro teaser ahead of a more fulsome depiction in June.
To see what was happening in our tiny garden in April click here.
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