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Visitors !


By louise1


In my front and back gardens i get a lot of ‘visitors’.
Some of them just pass-by, some stay for a while then leave and others live here permanently.

This was a passer-by a few months ago. It was in the front garden and it’s here on a Euphorbia mellifera leaf

These stayed for a couple of days. This was the back garden,their family were in the Buddleia bush but these two are in the Forsythia (which i’ve since removed)

These live here permanently (a lot in the dry stone wall in the back garden), they’re on almost every plant and fill my entire Escallonia hedge each time it flowers (twice yearly).
Here it’s in the front on Scabiosa ‘Ritz Blue’

These are regular visitors, Painted Lady butterflies

These too are regulars, Marbled White butterflies

And these live here permanently and are to be found in the back garden mainly but sometimes their smaller relatives are in the front garden.
This one i see every day and i don’t know if it is the same one or if there are several, these can be all sizes (this one was the size of the palm of my hand, there are also greenier ones too – they’re smaller.

I’ve noticed in the past couple of days that there have been a few dead bees around the garden, do they have a short lifespan and they’re now dying naturally ?
I’ve not used anything that would hurt them and i’m a bit puzzled.

I think the word goes out around here that my garden’s a good hotel to stay at because i’m lucky with these visitors always stopping by !!!
I just wish i could get more birds into the garden.

In the winter i had a small group of Long Tailed Tits, aswell as the usual Bluetits, i have a regular Wren too, also a family of Blackbirds but that’s about it, oh, last summer there was a Goldfinch one day – never seen it since.
I put various foods out but to no real avail.
We do …. well did get a lot …. i mean dozens …. of Magpies and i think this may have something to do with it.

In this region they were culled a couple of years ago and i think it’s been done again recently too because there just seems to be the one family of them now,
they were quite frightening when they used to be buzzing around everywhere.
I live within 2 minutes of some woods and a park and they were in every direction that you looked.
It’s much quieter now too, the Blackbirds used to be constantly giving that distressed call, it used to be heart rending.

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A real Haven, your garden. Lovely photos!

24 Jun, 2009


a positive menagerie.
lovely photos too.

24 Jun, 2009


Great photos to treasure. Your garden is obviously greatly appreciated by your many wildlife visitors.

24 Jun, 2009


Lovely photos Louise. Yes, I have noticed quite a few dead bees around this year too.

24 Jun, 2009


What a lovely blog Love your photos

25 Jun, 2009


I wish I had the ammount of visitors in my garden that you have. It was good to see them all. Mind you I can do without birds but we get loads of the things here, especially sparrows and crows.

25 Jun, 2009


Some lovely images there. Good enough for a competition perhaps?

28 Jun, 2009


photo's are beautiful Louise , strange the bee thing I was out in garden all day yesterday and came across at least three or four that appeared to be on their last legs, not sure if it's because of the time of year or not , hope someone can enlighten us.

28 Jun, 2009


Aha, that's several of us then with sad bees.
I wonder if they die off after gathering a lot of pollen then ?
It would certainly fit here if that was the case because mine have been busy for a good few months now.
Perhaps they've a short lifespan.

28 Jun, 2009

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