This would be quite a disrupted start to the new year in our cottage garden. Our cottage is many centuries old and we had found evidence of Death Watch Beetle. That led to the layers of the external walls having to be removed and renovated. In fact, although the whole process was a source of disruption, it was fascinating to watch the renovations take place. The team of builders had to use traditional methods, common to the fifteenth century, to restore the timbers which form the frame of the house. Centuries of tradition being maintained and put into practice due to the protective ‘listing’ on the cottage.
The year progressed into what would be one of beautiful colours. The plants seemed to flourish in vibrant splendour and each season saw the flowers, shrubs and trees offer a stunning pallette. This was a year rich in the abundance of bees and wasps; so much needed by our ever burdoned environment. It felt like the plan of planting for wildlife was a success and this was immensely satisfying.
There were many creatures in the garden but a daily visitor was the pheasant, who would wait until I had brought our dogs indoors before he would leap over the fence and find his way onto the bird table. He would scratch around for some of the scraps left by the smaller birds, earlier on. I wondered how soon it would be before this increasingly podgy pheasant might end up wedged in the bird table!
One of my facourite additions to the garden, from early on, was a tree called a Japanese Shirota. The blossom is so abundant, in springtime, that it looks as if there has been snowfall, at first sight. The bees cannot get enough of this stunning blossom.
Here are some shots of flowers from our cottage garden in 2019:
One evening, I saw a moth land on the kitchen window. It was outside, I was within. I had the kitchen light on. This little creature was just beautiful. I took a close up photo of it, which you will see below. As the night sky had turned dark, my camera had picked up sight of other air-borne particles; this time simply dust. With the kitchen light on, outside apeared as black as space and I noticed that the dust around the little creture was lit up by my camera. It looked like a little alien against the backdrop of space.
What do you think? Alien? 😉
(C) Deano Parsons. 2020.