Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Sparrow Squatters...





Prunella would like to share this image taken at a campsite she visited recently. A very small but unique shed, set in a woodland clearing...


The hand crafted bird house is exceptionally cute. Especially with it's little fenced veranda to match that of the shed's below...


No doubt at nightfall, the beautiful bluebell solar light with glass petals, will bring the magical woodland garden to life. The perfect place to capture a glimpse of Fairies at play.


Sadly Prunella doesn't have any Fairies at the bottom of her garden. 
She can but dream...


 She does however, have a family of Sparrows. They have set up home in a Neighbour's loft space...



One of the squatters is the delightfully delicate Sigourney Sparrow...



  Sigourney is the partner of the comical Siegfried Sparrow who is a cheeky little chappy...




There are times when Sigourney Sparrow finds Siegfried Sparrow intensely annoying...









One little lady who witnessed this spectacle, prefers to take the safer option of picking up the fallen seeds from the ground below.
Who can blame her...



Sigourney Sparrow is a diligent mother who tries hard not to give the whereabouts of her young chicks away...





 This little one wouldn't stay still for more than two seconds.
It kept disappearing into the depths of the log pile...





 Such a precious expression.
 "Hurry up Mum, I'm hungry!"



xXx
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 stay safe, happy and healthy.
Hugs to all.
xXx


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Boris and Mavis...




Shortly after spotting Boris Blackbird in a neighbouring garden, Mavis Blackbird was well and truly smitten by Boris's dashing but rather ruffled black feathered look and his polished yellow beak...


She on the other hand was extremely elegant and refined. 
Boris was captivated by her at their very first meeting...




It wasn't long before the two blackbirds had set up home together in an old conifer tree covered in ivy providing them with both food and shelter.
Boris Blackbird was going to be a proud father and as we all know parenthood comes with a whole set of new responsibilities and challenges, so whilst Mavis Blackbird was sitting on their nest he thought he would enjoy a little freedom and make the most of a beautiful sunny day...






Feeding and protecting their precious youngsters proved to be a full time job...




 Sadly only one youngster survived but the end result was well worth their endless hours of devotion...



Good Luck little one.


xXx
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 stay safe, happy and healthy.
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xXx


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 Saturday's Critters # 187







Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Things we would rather not see in our Gardens...





"A weed is any wild plant that grows in an unwanted place, especially in a garden or field where it prevents the cultivated plants from growing freely."

 Prunella would like to present you with a small posy of Scarlet Pimpernel 
(Anagallis arvensis)
A small weed found growing under her roses...




Also called the shepherd's weather glass or clock and the poor man's barometer because it closes for the day as the atmospheric pressure changes and bad weather approaches.



The Dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale)
is one of Britain's commonest weeds very common in Prunella's flower border...



It is hard to believe that dandelions haven't always been such troublesome weeds.
In Victorian times they were actually cultivated with care and eaten by the wealthy in sandwiches and salads!
The humble dandelion is packed full of nutritious vitamins A, B, C and D as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium and zinc.
Armed with this knowledge, I still do not think Prunella would knowingly munch into a cheese and dandelion sandwich.

Annoying as they may be they are also very beautiful especially when the flower finally transforms into a seed head. 


  

 



Children love to pick them, close their eyes, make a wish, and blow the seeds into the air.


Now for a herb that shares the same name as Prunella which sadly as I type this is invading poor prunella's lawn!
The bees love it!

 
Self Heal, Heal-All Herb
 Prunella Vulgaris.




In Folklore, Prunella Vulgaris was once declared to be a Holy herb and thought to be sent by God to cure all ailments of man or beast. Said to drive away the devil which lead to the beief that Heal-All was grown in Witches gardens as disguise.




 Finally, the common wasp,
(vespula vulgaris) 
or the common yellow-jacket.
They may be seen as a nuisance but are however beneficial in our gardens as they feed their young on insects that would otherwise damage crops and ornamental plants. They can also feed on house fly and blow fly larva..



Wasps are great crafters and they too produce wonderful works of art.
 The wasp's nest is a fascinating piece of engineering constructed from wood which the wasps strip from fence panels and garden sheds. 
They are indeed labours of love, though not entirely appreciated by Prunella.
In one week Prunella discovered three wasp nests. 


The first one was sited in her garden arbour just above her seat...

 


Two further nests were attached to her caravan awning whilst camping. The buff/grey colour scheme did however match the curtains.

This one just above the entrance complete with Wanda Wasp, eek...
 
 

 


Another suspended by thin paper threads from the awning roof. Prunella needed a step ladder to reach this one...

 

 

Safely removed, it makes an ideal paper cup...

 

 

"A drop of Dandelion Wine would be nice?"
 Dear Prunella, ever hopeful!

xXx
Until the next time, keep smiling,
 stay safe, happy and healthy.
Hugs to all.
xXx


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