Late July in the garden

We grow a mix of flowers and produce in the garden but at least some of the foods we allow to flower in case they are attractive to insects. Bees love globe artichokes! A single bumblebee can spend many minutes crawling over the purple flower, which gives ample opportunity for even an average camera phone to get at least one photo in focus.

We grow a mix of flowers and produce in the garden but at least some of the foods we allow to flower in case they are attractive to insects. Bees love globe artichokes! A single bumblebee can spend many minutes crawling over the purple flower, which gives ample opportunity for even an average camera phone to get at least one photo in focus.

Bees like sunflowers too.

Bees like sunflowers too.

For the second time, a family released their grown-from eggs painted lady butterflies in the garden. Apparently they hang around in the release spot for some time afterwards. We have seen some in the garden some days afterwards. 

For the second time, a family released their grown-from eggs painted lady butterflies in the garden. Apparently they hang around in the release spot for some time afterwards. We have seen some in the garden some days afterwards. 

Families like hunting for creatures in the garden - this was one of the best catches so far - a common frog - probably three or four years old - in the long grass.

Families like hunting for creatures in the garden - this was one of the best catches so far - a common frog - probably three or four years old - in the long grass.

We also make artificial habitats for wildlife. In this case, a disguise for our water tower. We drilled long holes of three diameters in recently cut branches - from local nature reserves and parks and brought to us by Guy and Vic. It is important you don't use chemically-treated wood for this - or the insects laying eggs might be harmed.

We also make artificial habitats for wildlife. In this case, a disguise for our water tower. We drilled long holes of three diameters in recently cut branches - from local nature reserves and parks and brought to us by Guy and Vic. It is important you don't use chemically-treated wood for this - or the insects laying eggs might be harmed.