Thursday, 1 January 2015
THURSDAY 1ST JANUARY 2015
When I first started my "Ragged Robin's Nature Notes" blog I intended initially to write just about our wildlife garden but over time the blog evolved to include accounts of visits to nature reserves, days out at National Trust properties etc., and holidays. So for 2015 I have decided to create a new blog which will just contain accounts of wildlife (moths, butterflies, birds, amphibians, mammals, flowers, bees, hoverflies etc.) in the garden we have created to try and attract wildlife. To be honest its a bit of a self indulgent exercise which is meant to supplement the nature journal I have always kept but I do hope that a few people will find it interesting and that it may encourage some to look more closely at their gardens and the variety of wildlife attracted to them.
I counted the plants flowering in the garden today at the start of 2015.
Chrysanthemum - a few flowers have escaped the recent frosts
Lobelia - self seeded on the patio under the hanging baskets
Scabiosa - "Ace of Spades"
Groundsel - the only wildflower I could find
plus a plant I always call "strawberries and cream" - I've looked at loads of websites and gardening books and have still failed to identify it but it is similar to a type of pelargonium and I will try and post a photo on the off chance someone can help with id.
The Garden Bird List for 2015 got off to a slow start today. Maximum temperature was 12 degrees centigrade and there weren't many birds on the feeders.