Six on Saturday – 9th May 2020

It is warm today. Close to 20 degrees Celsius. Tomorrow temperatures are going to drop again, to about 11, so it is from one extreme to another. We got a small amount of rain last week but it is still exceptionally dry for the west of Ireland.

  1. I am not sure if it is the hot temperatures or the dry weather that has driven some of the frogs back to the pond. We saw four today – just chilling in the water.

2. Also in the pond, one large great diving beetle.

3. By the pond is also one of my favourite damp habitat flower – Ragged robin. There does not seem to be as much as last year, but it is just coming out.

4. Lavender is in flower – the bees don’t seem to have found it yet.

5. The bees are preferring the sage flowers in the greenhouse.

6. And finally for this weeks six, some Aquilegia flowers.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six On Saturday.

19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 9th May 2020

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Oh dear. More mixed up weather. I hope it doesn’t get too cold here. The bumblebees have had a great start to the year and it would be a shame if it got cold and they suffered.

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  1. Catherine

    We’re expecting a drop to 10C tomorrow and 0C overnight. Tender plants that have been hardening off will have to be once again tucked up under glass. I’m in Scotland, west coast, and like you are going through a very dry period of time.

    I love that little frog cooling off in the pond, apparently not caring that you’re close by. Good post for this week’s six.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Catherine. I love Scotland – spent some of my student years in Aberdeen many moons ago. I hope we can avoid drops to 0. We suffered a late frost last year in May and lost most of our apple crop. Fingers cross all tender things will be fine.

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  2. nanacathy2

    I was surprised this week that the frogs were back, never occured to me that they were just Hot! As always I’m surprised at how far further forward your season is- Lavebder indeed. I still have one daffodil in bloom! Bluebells now at their best.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I do love the pond. Brings so much wildlife, the frogs, newts, damselflies, dragonflies and also watching the birds come to drink and wash is such a pleasure

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Well I expect the diving beetle goes to the bottom of the pond, which isay 80cm. Yes ragged robin grown from seed. Easy seeds to collect, just sow seeds in the autumn and plant out in the spring

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