Thursday 18 May 2017

Home Patch, with (SOS Springwatch) Wildflower Trough

It is lovely to see more insects appearing, and this is one of the creatures I saw this morning during a sunny spell before the cloud built up. Judging by the length of the antennae, it must, I think, be a juvenile Cricket (my thanks to Conehead54 for the helpful information that this is a Dark Bush-cricket nymph - just in case you missed this in the Comments below).

This ?ornamental Hawthorn is looking particularly colourful at the moment. It overhangs our garden, adding a splash of crimson and white.

Our Nasturtiums have sprouted and will hopefully produce some more bright colours. I always find myself a bit torn because I love the caterpillars that they attract, but there is a certain sense of sadness if the plants are eaten before they have reached their full potential!

The two photographs immediately above show how my wildflower trough is coming on. It would probably be best to thin the plants a bit, but I may leave them this year and see what happens. I am looking forward to the first flowers in the hope that pollinating insects will be attracted into our garden.

I see from my post here that on 10 April, just over a month ago, tiny green shoots were starting to appear. I wonder what the trough will look like in a month's time. I hope there will be some flowers long before then.


Conehead54 said...

Dark Bush-cricket nymph in top photo.

Crafty Green Poet said...

The trough looks wonderful, Caroline! As does the hawthorn.

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you so much for these comments - both are much appreciated.

Ragged Robin said...

The wildflower trough is looking lovely. I love nasturtiums but mine usually get covered in black fly!