Garden Views-06-June 2019

June began with the garden and fields desperate for a little more rain, and fortunately this arrived with modest showery rain on the first few days. Bumblebee activity continued to be extraordinary early in the month, and it was fascinating to see how poor a correlation there is between numbers of bumbles, and honeybees in the garden on particular days – cooler, windy and showery weather definitely kept the (now) four colonies largely restricted to their hives.

Early June always sees a period of transition in the garden when the masses of spring flowers start to fade, and for a while green becomes the dominant colour …

The upper hay meadow is becoming more floriferous each year, and by early June many of the hybrid orchids are beginning to flower…