To much of a good thing…….

I find it very hard to enjoy warm dry weather when I know nature will soon redress the balance – and she certainly has.  Periods of torrential rain and strong cold winds have put paid to the planting I was planning to do in a new border – I am afraid the plants might be blown away!  The rain at least has brought about some rapid growth in the meadow which is good and the yellow rattle is about to burst into flower.  On the positive side too, the mistle thrushes are finding earthworms galore to feed their chicks which must be growing like mad.  The week ahead should be drier and warmer so our first common blues butterflies may be on the wing – something to look forward to.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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2 Responses to To much of a good thing…….

  1. Great shot. Is it a common blue?

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