23rd — 29th April
This month has been a roller coaster of temperatures. On the 19th the warmest April day for 70 years was recorded (27C). On the 29th the temperature didn’t get above 7C. On average, the temperatures on those two days would have been 12C and 14C, reflecting the steadily rising temperatures we expect at this time of year.
This week started off a little above average, temperature wise, but has steadily fallen through the week. The difference that makes in the garden is astonishing.
On a pleasantly mild Monday, the garden buzzed with insect life. The birds flitted through the bushes and trees but were rarely seen at the feeder. By Sunday, there was little sign of any insect movement and the birds were back at the feeders in numbers.
This Jackdaw was a little unexpected as these birds prefer to find their own food at the margins of the garden, especially in the leaf litter. They are usually more nervous about the presence of humans than the smaller birds but this one collected meal worm pellets while keeping an eye on the window where the camera lens peeps through the curtains.
The dandelions at the beginning of the week shone like bright suns among the lush green rapidly growing grass and hosted a number of bee species. At the end of the week they remained closed denying access to their life giving nectar stores. Fortunately the Viburnum continues to flower and the Hoverfly above takes full advantage.
The forecast for the next week is a cold start, possibly with some snow! Hopefully it should be warmer by the end of the week :-)
The first 10 episodes of this weekly look in the garden can be found here
Secrets of an English Garden- The first 10 weeks
It’s great to get out and about with a camera discovering exotic locations, capturing vibrant cultures and colourful…
and last week’s here
You can follow the weekly progress each Monday when I publish the previous 7 days.