I think it has officially been summer for a little while now but unfortunately our English climate seems unaware of this fact.
We had really enjoyed our spring nature table so were keen to update it for the new season. I painted a new watercolor picture to represent a summer time tree. The shells are from our local beach. Ok, I have to admit, they were bought and not collected at the beach. We don’t live anywhere exotic enough for these types of shells. Hopefully during the summer we will get to add some collected treasures from our days out.
The little bunches of flowers are all collected from our garden. It’s good to know that even though the sun is rarely shining, the garden is still producing beautiful flowers and delicious soft fruit.
After many miserable days we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a bit of sunshine so we’ve been in the garden making the most of it.
Surprisingly the garden is looking quite good. I rarely get time to do any work to it but happily it takes care of itself and year after year the flowers appear.
Here are just a few of my favourites that are in bloom at the moment.
The last shot is of a dragonfly taking a rest on our miniature pond.
We’ve been having great fun discovering all sorts of bugs and The Limpet seems particularly keen on them (even spiders). I found an old piece of drift wood that I had left in one of the boarders and brought it out to investigate. She discovered loads of woodlice, spiders, greenfly and a centipede.
After just over two weeks, my valentine flowers have definitely seen better days. So on this gloriously sunny March day I decided that The Limpet could use the petals for some garden ‘cooking’. She currently loves helping mix things with a large spoon so I gave her a wooden spoon, a selection of colourful bowls and some water. She helped me pull all the petals off and then started playing.
Even The Gannet got in on the action when he woke from his nap. And amazingly he didn’t eat a single petal!