Wildflower drives and robins

A wet and cold May has been followed by a dry and cool spell here in Ireland. Unusually we are having stiff cool breezes which have been keeping temperatures in the low teens (degrees Celsius) and also drying out the soil. You would think that would be a good thing but it is hard for seeds to germinate when the top surface of the soil is being blown dry.

One of the advantages of the wet May is that our gravel drive is looking particularly colourful with wildflowers as they are probably benefiting from the extra moisture. I thought this photo would work well for the street theme of last week’s day two of the photo101 course. You can see clover (red and white), daisies, buttercups, but there are also wild strawberries and ox-eyed daisies not in view.

Wildflower 'street'

Wildflower ‘street’

Meanwhile, in the vegetable plot, I have made a little friend. He seems to have a particular fondness of leatherjackets (larva of the cranefly/daddy-long-legs) and for the last ten days has come whenever I go into the garden and start digging. There is nothing like getting close to wild animals and both the kids have also enjoyed the experience of him coming within a foot of them. For kids and adults alike connecting with nature is in my opinion vital for our own well being and that of mother earth (Day six theme photo101-Connect)

Robin

Robin

 

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18 thoughts on “Wildflower drives and robins

  1. rainbowjunkiecorner

    I go for an organised walk on Southampton Common on a Tuesday and afterwards we have a cup of tea at a cafe there. There is a very cheeky robin that hops among the tables looking for crumbs and now we have one of her babies doing the same! Quite makes my day.

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  2. Miranda McCoy

    The robin was voted the no.1 bird for the UK in this year’s Springwatch, hurrah! It is easily befriended and very territorial. A comment on USA’s eagle – mighty, strong and great hunter and us having a merry, colourful little herbit! The Barn Owl and blackbird came in second and third. All good fun – loving your pics as always. You should get and award.xx

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks Lori. Funny that the two robins despite being different species are fulfilling the same role!

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  3. aranislandgirl

    Both shots are stellar and have a wonderful rustic feel. You are like Snow White with your two dwarfs (children) having the bird trust and visit you regularly.
    Is that this or last years celery? Just love comparing garden notes with you and Agoyavaerts.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It’s last years leaf celery. Keeping some plants as supposed to be good repeling cabbage white butterflies (doesn’t seem to work!) but also want to collect seed.

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