Wednesday, 2 June 2010

We wait no longer

… for the Alliums, one of my garden favs especially in the opening stages.





… for the pink flowering Red Campion, a wild flower grown from seed which have been allowed to wander around my borders… with gardener supervision of course!



… for the regal flowers of the Meconopsis. Its stunning blue flowers change tones depending on light levels. I love it.

I do know how lucky I am to have this plant flowering in my garden. The blue is a long time favourite but new colour varieties have been added nearby and I look forward to their first flowers.




We wait no longer for the Wisteria flowers, oh… perhaps we need a day or so there. You can see they are very close though. Not so many flowers this year as usual but we do still have them so I’m not complaining.

This is a white scented one growing up my Pergola. For those with this plant, you’ll know that they are not always forthcoming with their flowers. I waited almost nine years for mine. A tip for buying one… get one with a flower on it if you can.



We wait no longer to see the insects buzzing around from flower to flower. Although, not so welcome are the lunch guests at them. Who’s been eating my Geums?



Insects have been on the menu for the chicks (day 10 today) in our nestbox with a camera. Spiders have been spotted but caterpillars are more popular with live mealworms coming second.

Still sorting out video footage and photos of our next Blue Tit family update… just a little wait longer there. If you’ve not seen the video collection when the chicks hatched you’ll find it with all other postings here.



Recently, it’s been pleasantly warm with a cool breeze and nice blue skies making all the foliage greens of my garden look lush. However, I am a tad worried that perhaps our Blue Tit chicks are overheating in our nestbox.

This box only gets early morning sunshine for a little while but by the way the chicks are sitting with their mouths open it is suggesting to me that they are trying to cool themselves down for short periods throughout the day. Amazing though, that at this very young age they know to do this.

I’ll need to ask around for advice on this. Obviously, I daren’t risk interfering with the box and scaring off the parents as then the chicks will die for sure. I’ve never had this problem before. Meantime, the chicks are growing as you will see very soon. We can see wings forming now... I wonder how long we will wait before they open their eyes.


All photos above were taken on Jun 1st-2nd 2010 with the exception of the Blue tit pair which was taken on May 29th 2010.

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those blue poppies are to die for. I can't grow them here. It is too hot. You are brave to grow a wisteria. I don't have a pergola that is strong enough to carry the weight. I can't wait to see the chicks. We have song sparrow, house sparrow Cowbird and catbird fledglings in the garden now. I have to keep an eye on Luna as she thinks they are tasty treats. UGH Why she has to act like a dog just beacause she is a dog I don't know.

Shady Gardener said...

I don't think I've EVER seen blue poppies. They're beautiful1! You have a lot going on over there. It's been so interesting watching your bird photos.

Kelly said...

These are gorgeous!And the little birdies are adorable. I know you will enjoy the flowers, cause they are simply gorgeous.

lotusleaf said...

The blue Himalayan poppies are stunning! Although they are a native of India, I can't grow them. What irony!
The blue tits might be feeling a bit too warm.

bfarr said...

Beautiful flowers. I have to agree with previous commentors that the blue poppies 'are all that'.

Thanks for sharing.

Orchids and Nature said...

You are indeed very lucky to be able to have the beautiful blue himalayan poppy growing in your garden.I've tried it several times with very limited success, my soil is too alkaline.John Williams the man who grows hundreds of these beautiful flowers in his garden on the moor tells me they require damp cool conditions with an acid soil.

Kimberly said...

I agree that the budding stage is fascinating! All of your blooms are gorgeous...and those sweet birds! Great footage!

ShySongbird said...

I remember admiring your Meconopsis last year and bemoaning the fact that my soil isn't acidic enough to grow them, it really is a beauty! Maybe I should try growing some in a pot with ericaceous compost.

I used to grow Alliums some years ago, I think I should do so again, yours are lovely :)

shirl said...

Hi everyone delighted that you all enjoyed sharing my blue poppies :-)

Lisa, yes Id imagine it is too hot for them with you in Indiana. Perhaps some wisterias, varieties, some aspects too could be a problem but the variety I’m growing really isn’t giving me any problems. I have the Chinese one Wisteria sinensis alba. You’ve seen the latest posting with videos of the chicks. They have come on well since then. They really look like little birds now. Fantastic that you are seeing fledglings now, oops hope Luna keeps to the food you provide for her.

Shady, these are the special Himalayan ones and really are a treat to have in an urban garden. Thanks, there certainly is… our nestbox chicks are tweeting now and other birds have already brought their young in. Starlings are invading the place at the moment!

Kelly, I agree with you on both… I am. Wait until you see the chicks now :-D

lotusleaf, wow… now that is isn’t it? Funnily enough here in Scotland they are seen in many gardens open to the public for all to enjoy… many with fantastic mass plantings too. Yes, today is a much cooler day (after heavy rain last night) and the chicks look much more comfortable. They are alert enough to suggest some can perhaps see today! They definitely have little voices and have been tweeting away since yesterday. I’m guessing that will develop in to chirping. It is fantastic to watch now :-D

bfarr, Thanks for stopping by… I’m delighted you enjoyed them. I could photograph and post this flower for days… I have to contain myself just now ;-)

David, sorry to hear you are unable to grow these poppies. I haven’t added anything special to my garden soil except mulches in the past. I think the location is the key in my garden. They get early morning sun and have grasses and ferns surrounding them so the flower stems really look like they float above foliage of these plants. I can see them from my window but at this time of year with this other foliage it is always a surprise to open my curtains and a new flower has appeared. I guess the bottom leaf rosette of these plants will never completely dry out as it is shaded by the other plants.

Kimberly, yes I just love the depth of colour and texture of the petals at that stage that are wonderful. Thanks…. oh the chicks…. Really are looking cute now :-D

ShySongbird, yes David mentioned the soil too. I’ve never really tested my soil. Perhaps I’ll pick up a kit to take a look. Guessing it must be quite acid as rhododendron will flower here too. Although the leaves do suggest they might want some feeding. I agree this one is a beauty. I’ve a few others now which I can’t wait to see what colour they will be. I have to say I really do love my alliums and the hover flies just love the smaller drumstick ones. Will be interested to hear if you get success with meconopsis in a pot. Good luck if you try :-D

Juliet said...

Another Meconopsis fan here too - they are my favourite, as I think I said last year. Perhaps my next garden will have a cool damp spot with acidic soil ... well, I can dream!