Sunday, 10 June 2018

#30DaysWild Day 9 - Moth Night, this week

Moths weren’t captured by camera on my first garden wander at 9pm last night. Wild flowers and a snail were. It was a cooler night after some rain breaking through at some point earlier in the evening. I didn’t see how much but looking around the garden I could tell it was a sprinkling. My attempt at filling watering cans from my water butt to top-up my suffering wildlife pond confirmed that.

Moths were on my mind with a second wander just after 10:30pm as it was being to turn dark (although it never gets properly dark at this time of year). I’ve noticed white flowers attract moths, but have seen them resting on ivy leaves too. I went to a border I expected to see them and a couple moved, one briefly in range of a photo. Getting photo captures though, I struggle with that.

There’s something about moths that don’t make me feel completely relaxed. I’d guess their visits indoors buzzing about lights is behind that and I’m not the only one. However, through blogs and twitter I’ve seen fascinating images of quite beautiful moths and I’d love to capture images and identify which ones visit my garden. I just have to not jump holding the camera when they move towards me!


JUN 9: Orange flowers of Foxes & cubs opening & yellow Bird’s-foot-trefoil


JUN 9: Snail tucked away, tucking away on Dog’s tooth violet leaves


JUN 9: Yay… first of Ox-eye daisy flowers open! I love daisy flowers :-)


JUN 9: 10:35pm with outside lighting, the glorious Wisteria flowers :-)


Moths did fly below and towards the Wisteria flowers which was great to see. Ha-ha, they were moving away from me! Anyway, I will continue to take odd evening ventures into the garden to see what visits. Please do share your tips on capturing moth photos from your garden, using moth traps (especially homemade ones) and your moth stories in comments :-)

If you are in the UK and moths are your thing you might be interested in this week’s event, Moth Night 2018 which will be held between 14th - 16th June. They have a theme which is Pyralid Moths and you can take part in day and night events. Some info from their website below. @MothNight on twitter is also a fun way to follow this event, hear stories and see images too.

"Organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by moth recording enthusiasts with local public events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public.

Moth Night is normally confined to the warmest months; each event will last for three consecutive nights (Thursday – Saturday) and will take place on different date periods every year. You can participate on any one or more of these days or nights.

Participants are not required to comply with the theme and are encouraged to do their own thing.

In association with the Biological Records Centre at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, we have designed an easy-to-use Indicia-based online recording system available from the first day of the event until the deadline for data entry."
Moth Night, 14th -16th June 2018



This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2018.

Friday, 8 June 2018

#30DaysWild Day 8 – Trees, living and dead

Short on time today, but the message for 30 Days Wild is big – plant a tree :-) Living or dead they are winners all round for both us and a variety of wildlife from birds to insects. Here’s a little garden moment from this morning to add to the case.




Newly fledged coat tits excitedly explored the garden early this morning. The light wasn’t good, but above are a few record shots, showing some of the places they stayed still enough to capture. They perched on a branch structure feeding station made from posts with branches from a neighbours felled apple tree. They crossed over to the living pine tree and it looked like they were all at a children’s playground! So lovely to hear them from indoors – what a lovely start to the day for me too.

Early lunchtime and there was a straggler coal tit fledgling spotted perched on a previously living garden Rowan tree. This part of the trunk was planted in a garden border, not to grow, as a perch on route to lower feeders with winter in mind. It works too plus a great spot to capture photos of visiting birds.

Wishing you a great weekend, I wonder if you will see fledging birds or be planting a tree? Do share in a comment :-)


This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2018.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

#30DaysWild Day 7- Silent reminiscing

No bird sound tonight with my, later in the evening, garden wander with a camera, little traffic noise either. I love this silent time in the garden almost as much as with full bird sound. It almost feels secretive as you look around, like I shouldn’t be wandering around my own garden. I’m guessing others may understand what I mean :-)

As is my plan for 30 Days Wild this year, I am not planning posts ahead. On queue the photos I’ve captured tonight have tied in with the day. Just how does that happen? I’ve many plants to pick from but each night/morning particular ones draw me in. Here’s my contribution tonight…


Colour of the day was purple, my favourite colour, 3x gift bouquets to be precise.
Checking in on the clematis from yesterday’s post – it’s flowering well :-)


Plant of the day was the Lupin from my Mum’s friend’s garden, bees loved it!
Added this year, above pre Chelsea, I had no idea this was making a come back.


Reminiscing with an old friend, Erysimum linifolium 'Bowles' Mauve' :-)
So nice to see it this evening, so nice to see so many familiar faces today xo


Ha-ha… and just when i thought there was no wildlife in the garden :-)
How I spotted this in lower light I’ve no idea... serious reminiscing here :-)


Wishing you happy reminiscing in your garden, be it silent or noisy! Tonight, the trail camera is pointed towards the hedgehog feeding station entrance (Hedgehog Manor). Will I see diners in the morning? I’d say a mouse for sure, hedgehogs a maybe. I reminisce often about hedgehogs visits in the garden. Here's one of my favs from a hedgehog house my daughter made in High School as an exam project :-)


This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2018.