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Jenny Steel’s garden is alive with activity as
Time to get busy
wildlife numbers increase and new flowers
spring up in every corner. Excitement all
around, then, as summer finally arrives
WITHOUT DOUBT JUNE is one of the year’s warbler, sing from the hedges and the local of wheat around me. The borders will also have
most exciting months, not only in our gardens red-legged partridge brings her huge brood of a natural feel with grasses interspersed with
but also the surrounding countryside. fluffy chicks to the low bird table. I also look early summer flowers – aquilegias, foxgloves,
Even the smallest plots will be buzzing this forward to the first fluttering flights of the perennial poppies and lupins.
month as bumblebees forage for nectar and young swallows from the nest in the porch this This month sees one of the wildlife highlights
pollen and subtle spring butterflies – like the month – always a very special wildlife event. of the year in my garden. Tawny owls abound in
orange tip and holly blue – are replaced by In June my wildflower meadow bursts into this area and nest in the wood next door. I often
gaudy summer migrants including painted flower and along with a bank of oxeye daisies see the adults flying over the garden at dusk,
ladies and the glorious red admiral. beside my pond, these areas give a relaxed feel but this month the young owls visit my garden.
If I’m lucky I may see a wall brown reminiscent of the They find a ready supply of food in the form of
amongst the flowers – a wonderfully marked countryside of the past, earthworms on the lawns and,
orange-winged butterfly which has declined but decidedly incongruously, they perch on the rotary
dramatically over the last 30 years. They more colourful washing line, intently watching the
bask on warm walls and paving, a habit than the ground beneath for an earthworm or
which explains how this insect attained fields two. Even the outside light doesn’t
its unusual name. seem to disturb them! It’s a
In my rural garden summer warblers, really magical sight I look
especially the whitethroat and garden forward to all year.
Jenny Steel lives in the south Shropshire Hills,where she is busy establishing a natural garden with wildflower meadows,an orchard,ponds
and nectar borders,all to encourage and support wildlife.For further advice and tips,visit her website at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk
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