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 is it's assassin, a specialist predator of pollinators, the Crab Spider, Misumena vatia. The females lurk in flower heads to catch visiting pollinators and though only pea-sized will easily tackle prey as big as a bumblebee. Preferring white or yellow flowers, they change colour to match their chosen bloom perfectly. They don't only wait passively for prey to arrive though but garland the flowers with web trip lines too - around the back of the flower the spider was busy doing just that.
Yesterday, the garden hosted the Pendrell House 20th Anniversary Party, a bunting, balloons and BBQ affair. The youngest party-goers were entertained by Punch & Judy while thirsty elders did their best to drink 'Mark's Bar' dry. Spicy burgers were served, followed by big chocolatey slices of celebration cake. What fun!
Our apologies, but the garden will be closing early today, at noon. We will be getting ready for the Pendrell House 20th Anniversary Party. Open as usual from tomorrow.
At last, here it is, signed, stamped and complete - the new 20 year lease for the garden.
We have been working on this for the past 7 years. During this time we have argued, pleaded and jumped through an amazingly complex array of bureaucratic hoops. It is fantastic news that the lease is now, finally, in place. We would like to thank all those who have helped with this challenging process, and in particular;
Mishcon de Reya
Cllr. Sue Vincent
Cllr. Sarah Hayward
Christine Dove, Camden Lettings Team
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 will drown in these pools. As their tiny bodies rot, the nutrients released will give the teasel a boost - teasels with cups full of prey produce many more quality seeds than 'un-fed' individuals.
The first flush of flowers of the South African Daisy bush, Euryops chrysanthemoides, is just fading. Garrard has been busy dead-heading them, a fiddley tiresome job, snipping each one off individually with scissors. This time spent is well worth it, as left alone the dead-heads would become increasingly messy. Cleaned up, it will soon be producing a further flush of its bright golden-yellow flowers. Well done Garrard.