Moor and garden

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. He doesn’t just look at the sunrise when he is out. He sees seals beside the sea as well.

We had a fine, warm and calm day here today, with the bonus of a sunny afternoon. I managed to fit in a bit of Archive Group work after breakfast before cycling up to Cronksbank to help with the new tree nursery there. I stopped on the way up to see if any of the trees we had planted in earlier volunteer sessions were showing progress. They look as though they are doing well.

The Reserve is paying workers to get the thousands of seedlings potted on at the nursery, so the volunteers concentrated on getting the nursery area rabbit proofed and tidied up. My task was to clear the last of the unwanted turf off the hard standing, and although there wasn’t a lot left to shift, I found it hard work.

It didn’t help that the midges were out in force, but I was able to borrow a protective net to keep them away when my midge repellent wasn’t up to the task. I noticed an interesting plant on a wall while I was taking a breather.

It repaid a closer look.

Mrs Tootlepedal tells me that it is a stonecrop, a type of sedum.

The nursery area looked well organised by the time that we finished . . .

. . . and Mrs Tootlepedal and I will be up again of Sunday to do some watering of the many thousands of little trees. Unless it is pouring with rain, of course.

On my way home, I stopped off at the bird hide as the sun came out and sat in perfect peace for a while. It was perfectly peaceful because there wasn’t a single bird in sight. After a while, I gave up, photographed a fine gate outside the hide . . .

. . . and pedalled home in time for lunch. Mrs Tootlepedal had been having a sociable coffee morning with her ex-work colleagues while I had been on the moor.

I filled the feeder and checked on the birds before eating my soup. A demure siskin posed for me.

After lunch, we went out into the garden. After her coffee morning, Mrs Tootlepedal had strimmed the grass along the dam at the back of our house, and she told me that she had admired the fuchsia at the back gate. I went and had a look at it from the dam side of the gate, and I agreed with her. It is admirable.

I had a look round the garden to see if any flowers had come out behind my back and found a leycesteria in the back border.

Old favourites are still supplying elegance and colour . . .

. . . but as you can see in the bottom right panel above, the sedums are now out enough to attract insects. There were lots of flies on them but some bees as well . . .

. . . finding enough half open flowers to make foraging worthwhile.

Other bees preferred the dahlias.

There were a few butterflies about as well, but not nearly as many as there would be in a normal year.

While Mrs Tootlepedal, in the guise of Attila the Gardener, put paid to some past their sell by plants in the border beside the front hedge, I did some gentle shredding, sieved a barrowload of compost for the border, and generally mooched about complaining of feeling rather tired. I wasn’t too tired to take some more flower pictures before we went in for our afternoon cup of tea though.

We spent a little time watching the end of today’s stage of the Vuelta, and came back out into the garden later on. I cut back a cotoneaster and then joined Mrs Tootlepedal for a quiet moment on the new bench beside the middle lawn. Opposite us, the sun was shining through the long leaves of a crocosmia.

The birds had finished all the seed in the feeder so I took the feeder in for cleaning and put out a fresh one. Siskins soon appeared to try it out.

I don’t know where all the sparrows were today.

The day drew quietly to a close with a sibling zoom and an evening meal of salmon followed by the last of the gooseberry fool.

The flying bird of the day is a greenfinch coming to try the new feeder.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

15 thoughts on “Moor and garden

  1. The flowers are still putting on a colorful show, bees and butterflies, too! I saw an odd one here yesterday. The crabapple up front has one cluster of five snow white blooms on it! I have never seen it attempt to flower in August before.

    Your demure siskin is a sweet little bird. I am getting a few more little birds at the feeder here now that season’s end draws near.

      1. Yes. The tree flowered normally in spring. It was interesting to see the one cluster of new blooms amid all the clusters of crabapple fruit.

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