Six on Saturday

Well it has been one stormy week. It hardly seems that storm Ciara finishes and we are now getting Storm Denis. I don’t think I have ever seen the place so wet.

  1. These tete-a-tete daffodils are standing in water. I have never had water standing in this bed before and this is the second time in a week.

tete a tete daffodils

2. Earlier in the week between the two storm it got very cold and we woke to semi white – not snow but frozen hailstones. The garlic is just showing through.



3. Despite the cold weather the frogs have decided to spawn anyway – first spawn appeared today. We have not as many frogs as other years (about 50), but it may be due to the fact that there is water everywhere and they are spoilt for choice as to where to spawn!

Frog spawn

Frog spawn

4. I disturbed a pair of bullfinches feasting on the buds of one of the apple trees so they moved to the blackthorn in the hedge instead.

Bull finch


5. In other years this willow would be buzzing with earlier pollinators. But this year and last year’s early spring means it is coming out before the pollinators emerge. This is one of the problems with climate change – when nature gets out of sync with itself.



6. Winter Purslane – self seeds itself in the greenhouse and polytunnel and is a great addition to winter salads.


winter purslane

With thanks to The Propagators Six on Saturday for hosting.










21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday

  1. msbagnall

    Hello I am a primary teacher for junior infants. We are learning about the lifecycle of a frog would you be able to send me on your photos of frogspawn etc and any videos would love to make a slideshow or PowerPoint for them! No worries if not. Aoife

    Sent from my iPhone


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  2. Anne

    “This is one of the problems with climate change – when nature gets out of sync with itself.”: you are spot on. We are getting flowers which should have bloomed in spring even though summer is barrelling towards autumn. This is because of the drought and the heat accompanying it and the relief brought about by some very late rain. BUT, where are the bees and the wasps? Even the butterflies are scarce.

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Gosh, that’s a lotta water! They are covering Denis here in the news, it looks like a wallop of a storm. The weather seems to be all extremes, too wet, too dry, warm, frigid. The out of sync budding and insect hatch affects so many species and I agree, quite worrisome. 😦

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Everything seems to be extreme these days. We have had so much rain these last ten days. It is a worry for sure.


  4. dust4y

    At the moment, the wind whistling round the house reminds me of Ted Hughes ‘ poem – ‘Wind’.
    This house has been out at sea all night.. You’re quite right that nature is out of sync – politicians should perhaps think more of their children / grandchildren.
    And then they would push to legislate for change.

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  5. nanacathy2

    Frog spawn already wow- hope it doesn’t wash away in Dennis. Still no sign of our frogs, too early still. Bullfinch picture, gorgeous. I agree about nature out of sinc. The local hedgehog rescue reports some hedgehogs haven’t hibernated at all this winter.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Amy. It’s a good way to keep track of things in the garden and see what is happening in other peoples gardens too:)

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