The Not So Secret Garden.

In all the years I have lived where I do, I don’t think I have ever spent as much time in the garden as I have recently. The garden even though very basic in design, has become a sanctuary for my well being, aided by the weather being so reasonable.

The garden, regrettably, has been neglected for years. With it being my only green space at present, lockdown has provided the perfect opportunity to try and rejuvenate this sparse bit of land.

I would be going against everything I love if I didn’t try to create a wildlife friendly garden. Ideally I would like lots of flowers for pollinating bugs, alongside habitat for them to make this garden their home e.g a log pile, a small wildlife pond and eventually some form of native tree to encourage more birds to the garden.

The first port of call was to create a flower bed. This was quite tough to dig out as the ground in the garden is made up of very hard clay. It was really hard work and eventually I managed to get it to a stage where I was able to sow some seeds. I chose a native wildflower mix, I am trying to keep the planting scheme loose as I am not a very experienced gardener, I would definitely struggle with thinking up structured planting schemes and knowing what plants grow well alongside each other.

I have to say having a new project has really kept my spirits high and my mind active. I am sure that this project will be ongoing for some time, there is no real need to rush. I can take my time to think of what the garden requires and allow me time to gather the resources, at present a lot of gardening supplies are quite hard to acquire.

Over the coming weeks I will document my garden transformation and may even provide some visual evidence.

The only flora currently growing within the garden would be labeled as weeds by some people. These plants especially in a garden lacking from any other flowers are vital to those pollinators who have awoken this springtime.

Each “weed” holds a certain charm and are often some of the first plants you learn the names to growing up. Early memories which include these plants are summers where I would make daisy chains or picking dandelions to blow the seed heads to make wishes. I am very keen for these to stay within the garden and for my own children to experience the same pleasures I had.

Another positive from the week, more birds have been visiting the feeder. Regardless of their type I am just so happy to be shooting birds again. This does not mean my macro photography has been forgotten, that spark is still ignited. I was extremely pleased with myself as I managed to capture a jumping spider catching their lunch.

My motivation appears to be full steam ahead at the moment and I am very keen for this to continue, especially as lock down continues to be enforced. I am always very grateful for these times when my mental health is in a stable position, I am feeling positive going into the new week.

I really hope that your week has been a good one and that you are all managing to keep safe. Until next time, take care.

Weekly Watch

26th August – 1st September 2019

This past week the hedgerow has been a hive of activity; the House sparrows have been making the most of the good weather and the abundant ripe blackberries.

It has been a glorious sight to observe them filling their beaks with the available fruits, making them a slightly red/purple hue.

This (to me) acts as one of the signifying signs to the end of summer. I now look forward to capturing a new Autumnal season, with its jewelled tones and crisp days.

With the changing of the season brings a new avenue for my photography, if you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may be aware that I am always looking to push my photography further. So for this I have very recently joined a camera club.

I am feeling quite positive about the coming months, meeting up with like minded people, being able to gain knowledge through practice and theory. Its all very exciting.

I mentioned last week that I was hoping to get more macro photography into my blog, I have not forgotten and the past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Stratford Butterfly Farm. https://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/attraction/

I plan to post another blog containing the images I caught that day.

I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.