A slight diversion from my normal-type posts first! Kathryn at http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/ recently did a post about Jamie Oliver's American version of his Food Revolution in Schools, which people may remember from when he did it here and mums feed children chips through the school railings!!! Following a comment I left on her blog about what is happening in the gardens at the school where I am a Governor and in one of our partner Primary schools, Kathryn very kindly asked me to do a guest post for her about the various projects. I felt very honoured to be asked - and really rather nervous about doing justice to the amazing young people involved in the projects, but I did it - and had a jolly nice time touring the gardens, catching up on all the developments and talking to everyone involved in the process!
If you'd like to read the posts - Kathryn has had to split it into two because I went on a bit (....not like me at all eh?!), then you can follow the link here to get to the first post. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed investigating and writing it!
Back to more mundane things now. I thought I'd share some photos of the wildlife in our garden as they're all being as busy as, well, bees really!
Busy on the Campanula..........
Busy amongst the raspberries.............
along with an ant or two!
and busy on the azaleas
Aragog the spider didn't die in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .......... he's alive and well and living in my greenhouse!
- and a big beggar he is too! *shudders*
Also residing happily in a tomato plant in the greenhouse is Thomas the Toad.
Ceefer the ferocious guard cat in amongst my salad bed!
A ladybird-type insect on an unknown and unscented rose (note to self - get your eyes tested!)
Tadpoles and newts in the pond in the front garden - alright, alright - so it's an excuse to show off the gorgeous iris, but the pond really IS teeming with taddies and newts!
Does blackfly on the globe artichokes count?
Evidence of slugs and snails on my hostas
The hostas are enormous - and I suspect the slugs and snails are too!
But my favourite of all the wildlife in the garden is Last-Born on her way to the 6th form prom last night!
No more wildlife, just a few flowers to finish off with :)
The old rose bush by the front door - it has a beautiful scent, but I have no idea which rose it is.
'Heritage' -a climbing rose bought for me for my recent birthday