Flowers and birds

Last night, when checking to see how the mangetout were doing, I was ecstatic to discover – at long last! – flowers. I was also a little surprised that they were purple, whereas the flowers from my first ever packet of mangetout had been white.


Mangetout flowering

Anyway, I was also very pleased, and a tad relieved, to see flowers developing on the tomato plants as well. So, today’s post had originally meant to be purely about my veg crops.

However, this morning I decided to cut down the phacelia (green manure) which has finished flowering. It is starting to look quite untidy and so the compost heap is a better place for it to be (the plan being that whatever else I grow will be protected by the remaining phacelia). Then I turned round and saw a dead bird (a sparrow) near the apple tree.


Phacelia being cut down

This time, I was shocked but know it had nothing to do with me. Did it just fall out of the sky, off a branch, or did a cat get it and then get frightened away perhaps? I will never know but I am astonished that in nearly five years of being here the two deaths have been in the space of a week. I hope this isn’t going to become a trend!!

© Helen Butt, July 2014


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to Flowers and birds

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed weekend

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