Its that time of year when the fruits are forming on the the trees and the soft fruits are getting their colour. I love watching those delicate blossoms fall like confetti followed by the formation of tiny fruit ready to be picked in Autumn. I always look forward to tasting the first pears, apples, damsons and plums of the season and it looks like there will be a good crop too this year.
It wont be long now till the soft fruit is ready to pick. Ice cream at the ready waiting for those mouthwatering tayberries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants. Yummy!!
After doing a spot of gardening I sat down by the thick carpet of white clover and watched the many bees happily buzzing from flower to flower in front of me. I see a flock of fledgling long tailed tits eating the whooly aphids in one of the trees, a robin tugging at a worm in the grass, a blackbird having a bath and a woodpecker and a jay squabbling as to who has the peanuts out of the feeder next.
I then went for a walk around the garden. I like to see if there are any wildlife tracks or signs. I normally find hedgehog poo on the lawn, nibbled nut left overs from the wood mice and squirrels or the smell of fox under a tree.
I stumbled upon what I thought was another mole hill, but on closer inspection I see a nest of meadow ants in the small earth mound busily going about their daily business. They have made there nest in a small clump of grass and wildflowers were they help keep the soil porous and manage the aphid population.
There are so many insects about today in the sunshine and I’m glad. These insects are gardeners little helpers. Without pollinators there would be no fruit, or flowers; so be kind to your bugs and bees and give them a home, and in return they will help you in your garden.
There is so much more to gardening than just dead heading flowers, mowing and weeding. The closer you look the more you will see in your garden. The more you see, the more your garden will come to life and enrich you.
So from time to time put that trowel or spade down and just sit and really appreciate the overlooked things in your garden and the wonderful joy your garden brings to you.