Category Archives: Wild Life

Wild Life at the Phoenix Garden

Bee hunter

The Regale lilies are always popular with honey bees as the big scented flowers produce copious nectar and pollen.  This bee wasn’t being busy, and on closer inspection it was clearly dead, a dry husk of a bee.  Just visible … Continue reading

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hungry teasels

Teasels are getting ready to flower, the soft, green buds are getting larger everyday. A shower of rain has filled the cups formed by the leaf bases. Already collecting is a fine collection of teasel-cup crud, and now small insects … Continue reading

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everyone wants to know what this is…

  Abutilon x suntense always attracts attention, adding early summer glamour beneath the wild pear tree. Eager-snouted visitors will draw the flowers up to sniff them, probably expecting to inhale a rich perfume but despite the flower’s promise, there is none … Continue reading

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bee house

Knocked up from a scrap of exterior-grade plywood, stuffed with paper tubes and given a quick lick of paint, our new bee house is up and ready despite the rain.  Many of the garden bee species are solitary and would … Continue reading

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One down…

Outside the garden was this very flat rat, almost thin enough to label, stamp and send as a novelty postcard. In the garden, despite our ongoing pogrom, far too many remain in healthy 3D, feasting on visitor leftovers, and scaring … Continue reading

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The naughty ‘squeel’

Balanced up the pear tree, happily munching buds, is our lone squirrel.  Since arriving last autumn it has munched a mountain of buds, stripped bark and picked flowers a-plenty, this outrages our gardener.  Despite this, it remains as irresistibly cute … Continue reading

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Weeds? Cow Parsley

Dancing across lacy white cow parsley heads are tiny gnats (don’t panic, they’re not bite-y) and early hover flies will join them, all to lap up nectar from the many open flowers.  Beautiful, native and invertebrate-friendly, cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, … Continue reading

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bite-sized birdy

In retrieving a football from the fenced wildlife area, our gardener proved all too terrifying for this wide-eyed youngster, the first of the magpies to leave the walnut tree nest.  Unable to fly, the fledgelings will be hiding in the … Continue reading

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The garden’s frogs have spawned

The garden’s frogs took advantage of the early warm weather to spawn in the wildlife pond.  We had been worried that frog numbers were down but were relieved to see so many busy spawning – we counted over 40.

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