Thursday, 11 July 2019

Insects.

No one is posting letters in the village for now. Bees have taken up residence in the postbox and are flying in and out through the letterbox. (It's the perfect entry size for them but has always been very annoying if the letter or card that you want to send is anything other than small.) Attempts have been made  to remove the bees but so far without success.
We called in on our neighbours three doors down the other day. They've removed their border hedge in order to have a borrowed view of the surrounding fields. It looks lovely. HOWEVER, now the deer can make a little leap into their garden, wander at will and nibble at whatever they fancy........and they fancy a lot! If you're wondering what the little building is,  by the way, it's the old outside lavatory!
They've planted wildflowers and left the grass to grow in their orchard in order to attract pollinating insects. It is noted that we have a sharp decline in the number of swifts in the country, a direct result of the loss of wildflower habitats and the consequent reduction in insect life. Tomorrow's Gardeners' World programme is going to feature what gardeners can due to alleviate the problem.
 
The deer have wandered into their orchard as well, and there is a line of cropped foliage at the comfortable height for nibbling!
In our own garden the scarecrow seems to be working well. It certainly scared Maeve, a friend's Irish terrier. Hackles up and barking until I removed the scarecrow's hat and gave it to her to inspect.
I shall try to plant wild flowers in the grass for next season.

Meanwhile the garden is rioting!

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    1. It would certainly be good just to open the box and help oneself to some honey. The vicar who lived next door to my parents kept bees and always promised me a comb of honey 'if I was good'. Much amusement from the family because I never got any!

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  2. Interesting about the mail box! It does look nice and old fashioned, I like it - even with the bees! Oh the wildflowers are lovely, I have a bunch growing around here too!

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    1. It is certainly old-fashioned, it only takes little letters!

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  3. Wildflowers are so important! It always makes me glad to see that some of the farmers near my town have made sure their fields have "wild" borders left standing, and obviously they have also cut down on the weedkiller.
    Where do people now have to go to post their letters?

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    1. I think that people are only just becoming properly aware of the interdependence of one thing with another - hopefully not too late.
      We grow and eat as much as possible from our organic garden.

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  4. Are they bees or those nasty angry yellow jackets? We have a large bird house that one of our sons built thirty+ years age. We have noticed recently it has been taken over by those brown smallish bumble bees that really are quite friendly. Happy gardening.

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    1. I think they are the good guys, Doc, just not in quite the right place!

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  5. Oh dear, royal mail honey :o), that's kind of special. However, I love your scarecrow and the path through your meadow. My garden friends has also a problem with deers in her garden, but she has a special remedy that helps: she sprinkles her roses with urine. Well, I guess I would rather tolerate the deers in my garden, than doing that.
    Kind regards from Switzerland
    Alex

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    1. I'll pass on the urine tip to our neighbours! (It is also useful stuff for the compost heap.)

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