August 8, 2016

Collecting and Scattering

As a daily observer of the ever changing moments of the seasons the year progresses at an alarming rate. One moment enjoying the delight of tree blossom from the top of the bus, then bending down collecting nuts for the squirrels on my daily walk.  Time never stands still for nature, but neither is it ever boring.

There is a very distinctive feel of autumn in the early morning and late evening air.  Wild winds are scattering apples before they are ripe and blackberries are ready for collecting.  Yesterday  it was  sandals and t-shirt,  today trainers and fleece.

Last year I scattered a few teasel seeds in my impromptu wildflower border.  Alarmingly they kept  growing in height for a very long time but in the end they budded at about 6 feet.  Amazingly they have turned out, next to St Johns Wort the most popular plant for numerous wild bee species.  Despite being particularly difficult to access because of the numerous sharp spines, the bees have developed a strategy of pulling out the flower petals to give them more room to access the the pollen.  It was only when I started to photograph them that I realized how many there are.

It is time to broaden the choice and collect some more wild seed varieties for next year.

Black/brown headed gulls are loosing their summer plumage and starting to turn  snowy white. Other birds such as Swift, Swallow and House Martins are starting to collect together in small groups in preparation for their great migration. Just born and thrown into thousands of miles of non stop journeying is an amazing feat beyond imagination.

By the end of August the birds will start singing again, thank goodness.  It has been such a  lonely  garden without.

Meadows are at their peak this month with a full variety of wild flowers. Butterflies, bees and other insects have done their job of pollination by now so are winding down and not so active.  Many will die, some will migrate (Painted Lady) others will find safe protected places to hibernate over winter and re-emerge early March next year.(Peacock)

Painted Lady

Willow Herb

Evening Primrose