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Rainwater harvesting, heatwave and hedge, pond life, spring sprung and whitethroat

Date posted: Tuesday 5th March 2019

Rainwater harvesting, heatwave and hedge,  pond life, spring sprung and whitethroat

An enterprising plotholder family has produced a brilliant video on rainwater harvesting –Here’s the link to their latest video on rainwater harvesting: https://youtu.be/GxeMYKfHGgA – excellent work, Doctors Max and Freya! After last week’s exceptionally hot week of record February temperatures the rains were equally unseasonal, almost monsoonal at times. But after last year’s summer drought and seasonal weather now so changing unpredictable it behoves us all to follow the rainwater conservation advice and get the butts up pronto!

The recent heavy showers following our brief ‘summer’ were welcome to water in our new evergreen hedge between the park walk railings and the beehive area. The holly and red and orange pyracantha plants all look in good shape and ready to start shooting up in the growing season.

This large female frog was spotted on the next door’s plot by 9 year old Louie after Seedy Sunday on 24 Feb, so we placed her carefully near my pond and last week, sometimes around the 27th, the first frogspawn appeared in it, almost to the day that last year’s spawn was laid! Nothing in Flora’s pond whereas last year there was a lot.

Spring’s beginning to spring with a vengeance. The bees have been out foraging on the early spring flowers and beehives are active again on site. The queen bumblebees fly high above the trees and the honeybees are competing with the bee flies for the sparse offerings on our plots. It’s heartening to see the honeybees active around the tiny entrance gap left in a hive for their access, small enough to keep out mice but big enough for the bees.

I’m pleased to see the bees (not so glad about the parasitic bee flies!) around my little ‘woodland garden’ under the apple and cherry tree at the back of my plot. Walking along the path on a warm afternoon a few days there was a waft of exquisite violet perfume – they’re happily self seeding everywhere:

And the birds area beginning their annual territorial songs – robins, wrens, mistle thrushes have been very vocal and last week this whitethroat signalling its presence in my apple tree, warning off rivals or advertising it’s attractions to the local females!