Secrets of an English Garden Week 7

The continuing story of a garden on the edge of a Northern City.

Daffodils greet the rain.

This series of articles follows my English garden through a full year, a new post with original photography each week.

We aim to support the wildlife that visits by providing suitable shelter throughout the year and natural food sources supplemented by feeding stations in times of shortage.

Already we have encountered and photographed 18 bird species and heard or seen 2 more.

We have 2 mammal visitors recorded (not including the local cats)and hope to see more as the year goes on. We’ll be looking for evidence of visits as some will be nocturnal and we may not get to see them.

The Bumble bees have started to come out of hibernation.

March 19th — 25th

This week has been something of a reprieve from the onslaught of snow although the temperatures at times have been bitterly cold. The fox has been a regular visitor although we get a bit worried when we don’t see him for a couple of days. The squirrels that stayed away when the snow fell were much happier to be out and about on the clear ground.

Some of the larger birds, such as the Jackdaw, were getting braver and joining the tits and robins at the feeding station. They usually like to keep their distance surveying the area from the tree tops.

Corvids keep their distance in nearby trees

A couple of sunny and milder days encouraged the first bumble bee to make an appearance out of hibernation. We are lucky to have an old dry stone wall with plenty of space for solitary bees and other insects to overwinter.

The stone wall plays host to a number of the blue tits that visit the feeder. They are looking really smart as they build up to the breeding season.

Blue tit looking ready for the season.

This detail below shows the iridescence of the feathers through greens and turquoise to deep blue on black.

Blue tit plumage detail.

I’ll be listening for the babies as I walk past later in the year.

There are a few flowers starting to bloom ready to support the insect population. Daffodils and crocuses have followed the snowdrops. Primroses have stubbornly flowered despite the snow and winter heath provides valuable nectar. Violets and toadflax look ready to open over the next few days.

The Stunning Deep Violet of Crocuses.

This next photograph shows one of the trees at the end of the garden. Currently, there is just the architecture of the branches, but I’ll take pictures as it changes through the seasons. Right now that little bit of blue sky and the buds starting to swell hints that spring is around the corner.

Tree architecture.

Here in the UK, GMT has given way to British Summer Time, so our evenings will be lighter. As the days get longer it gives me more opportunity to get some good photographs after working hours. Hopefully there will be some good weather and a busy garden.

If you’d like to take a look at the rest of the series, week 6 is here.

Week 5 is here where you can find links to the previous articles.

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