In a follow up post to Welcome to the Jungle, we've made some progress in the garden in recent days.
I was alerted to a full on Twitter storm this morning. No, not the Piers Morgan kind. This was a pair of Blackbirds desperately trying to defend their nest against a Magpie. Sadly, Blackbirds never seem to learn and often nest low, making their eggs and young easy targets. I made my presence known and the Magpie took flight a couple of times, but nature will no doubt take its course.
The birds aren't the only ones under threat. Ridgehill Wood, the wood our garden backs onto, is a hive of activity at the moment. There's a huge tree felling operation in progress and the locals aren't happy! This is the scene just beyond our garden gate.
Conscious that we are somewhat visible to walkers, spectators and tree surgeons, we've been tidying up the woodland boundary. Fence panels aren't our thing and only get kicked in by woodland fire starters, so we're making the most of the abundance of Holly already growing there. Think of it as the horticultural version of basket weaving.
The "risers" have been punctuated by Mind Your Own Business, its delicate foliage giving me another macro photo opportunity. I've also replaced my much missed Tree Peony (an early Anniversary present from my Mom). Again, under a macro lens, the buds look otherworldly.
|Mind Your Own Business|
|Tree Peony Bud|
I've planted Ferns and Foxgloves, befitting a woodland garden.
|Heron in a tree|