If you’ve been following me on social media, then you will have seen an increase of posts about the great outdoors. That’s because I’m taking part in The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild. You can find out more about it in this post here. So far it’s been so easy to do, as the weather has been pretty decent and it’s been the half term holidays. We’ve done some epic dog walks in a bid to enjoy the best nature Oxfordshire has to offer. So far, it hasn’t disappointed! Take a look.
Apart from a walk in Oxford, all the other pictures are from Abingdon. It’s fascinating to see wildlife all around you, whether you’re looking for it or not. We also did the Oxford Wildlife Trail on Sunday, which was fascinating and took me to parts of Oxford I never knew were there. I recommended it to a friend at work too and she said she loved it, as it showed some of the best parts of Oxford, without the rubbish shopping bit in the middle! On Saturday, I planted up some sweet peas in the garden and just stood and watched. There were bees buzzing around, birds swooping onto the bird feeder, little bugs exploring the flowers in the garden and Poppydog keeping on cat watch, which is a good thing as the local cat/pest took a baby starling last week. Annoyingly, the cat doesn’t wear a bell on it’s collar so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to keep any eye out for it so we can protect the birds!
I’m hoping to see some more butterflies, wild flowers and birds over the next few weeks. If you’ve got any tips of great places to see them, let me know.
Our garden is in a bit of mess. It needs a serious overhaul & we’re half way there with combating the weeds & getting rid of plants from the previous owner. While we’re doing this, it makes sense not to plant any flowers but I cannot have another summer of a flower free garden. I think I’ve already made it clear that I love flowers!
Anyway a week or so ago I bought some lovely plants while on holiday in Pembrokeshire visiting my Mum to go into some lovely blue pots. They are finally coming into bloom & are relishing the heavy downpours that we seem to be experiencing. My favourite are these lovely margarites. They are so happy & pretty I can’t not love them. I am trying to keep on top of the ‘dead heading’ so that they continue to bloom throughout the summer. They are in a sheltered position, which is really good when you see how breezy things are out there! They smell really good & are growing really well with the Great British weather!
I am also trying my hand at something new this year – tomatoes. I have been watching & waiting with anticipation for the little yellow flowers to appear. The bad news is that after a few days away we came back to find each of the plants bent over at an unnatural angle. And I discovered that I hadn’t been ‘pinching out the leaves’! I soon remedied both of these issues & they all look good as new. The good news is that I do have some very little yellow flowers so fingers crossed that they turn into some juicy toms! They are growing really well but I can tell that they missed me while I was away!
Finally, my OH & I are doing our bit for our local insect neighbours. We have a little insect nest. And if you look really closely you can see that three little bees (we think) have decided to make their homes in it. They’ve covered it up with something that they need to make little bee babies appear! How cool is that?! I really do hope that we’ve helped the local bee population thrive. We have also been looking at plants that will encourage bees & butterflies so I was thrilled to see this post over on The Green Gables and have printed off the two lists so that we know what to plant once we have got the garden ready. For the moment I am enjoying plants like my lovely lobelia in their pretty little pots.