HELLO

Welcome to the blog of my wild flower meadow for 2014. I hope there will be lots of interesting post and photographs of the flowers and wildlife in and around the meadow this coming year. Please pop back from time to time to see any new additions . Any comments you may have to add are welcome .

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mid April

Mid April and the Swallows have arrived spot on the 14th a little earlier than usual they normally arrive around the 17th in time for my birthday .the best present anyone can have. 
With all the mild weather the Daffodils are over but lots of other things coming on . the Cowslips making a really fantastic display now well established in 5 areas in the meadow . of the 200 Bluebells I planted 2 years ago I now have 6 in bloom small beginnings but beginnings never the less ,Snakes Head.Fritillaries   however are just coming into bloom but how well these are doing will depend on how much damage the new arrival of the Lily Beetle has done .Crab apple and quince have promise of lots of flowers . The pear trees just beyond the meadow are absolutely laden with flowers just so beautiful.. other little favorites also shown below .











Thursday, 13 March 2014

spring is just around the corner

First cut of the grass

Daffodils all in Bloom

Rosa Rugosa coming into leaf

quince beds bursting
Suddenly the weather has turned and  a few warm sunny days any everything is awake and rearing to go . I have  given the grass its first cut to give the flowers a sporting chance against the grass . and redefined the island beds .In the top island I planted over a 100 assorted Alliums of various stages of maturity so only some of them will flower in 2014.
The daffodils are in full bloom the full length of the meadow  they have filled out really well in the four years since they were planted. 
Anemone Blanda is starting into bloom as is primroses and the main flush of cowslips.wont be far behind . The top bed which I must admit I gave up on last year as thousands of dock seedlings emerged and the bed was over run . So that is the challenge for this year to sort it by hook or by crook.
Although I am thrilled with the meadow attracting wild life I am not thrilled with the arrival of the Rabbits . What I am going to do about this I really dont know . One family has made its home in my garden and has wrecked my strawberry bed.
 The Moles are also quite a problem making huge Mole hills that I have to remove every few days , and the Voles well they seemed to have reached a balance now providing food for other things I suppose .Buds on the Quince tree are starting to break as is the Rosa Rugosa giving a real feeling that spring really is just around the corner.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

We have just had the worst storm I have known in the 40 years we have lived here . As i walked down the meadow this afternoon after the storm had passed I was amazed to see this tiny cowslip .Apart from flowering far too early it had stood firm while being battered by 100 mile an hour wind, also the snowdrops not a mark on them .thy look so delicate , but deceivingly tough to survive unscathed.

Cowslip

Snowdrops

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Barn Owl to paint

My notepad computer developed a fault part way through my first post so I had to send it away for repair . We are now up and running again  but lots of catch up to do. 
This  post although not directly attached to the meadow ,but is to local wild life. I was brought the most beautiful little Barn Owl just over a week ago . Sadly she was dead but not a mark on her . She had been hit by a vehicle on the A55. The main road that runs through the middle of our beautiful Island of Anglesey
I took lots of photos of her as I intend to paint her to the best of my ability at some point.
She was ringed so her history was known. She was six months old and had  come from a nest outside  Caernarfon on the mainland .
Although quite far by car only 6 miles across the Menai Straits to where she was killed .
I have never seen a Barn Owl up close before and she was so beautiful.. I just had to share.



Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Start for 2014

What a contrast  year  the first post for 2013 was the meadow under 8 inches of  snow accompanied by freezing weather .This year we have had constant wind and storms following on one after another. The weather has also been very mild.So many things starting into growth far too early . I hope we now dont get a spell of harsh frosty weather to knock them all back again



Winter Flowering Honeysuckle
Lonicera Fragrantissima
2014 m1
This has been planted right by the gate on dry days
 I cant resist a really good smiff of its fantastic perfume.
it has the ability to brighten an otherwise dull day.
                                                                  

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Summer is over in the meadow

Meadow ready for cutting
All to soon the meadow flowers are over and its time to cut and remove all the dead flowers. The lovely sunny weather has suddenly brought all the flowers to an end ,and the also time  to put the meadow to sleep until the spring just the contractor to cut the Hawthorn  hedges.  Even though the flowers are finished there are still things  to see and the meadow is constantly changing through Autumn and into winter . There will be more bulbs to be sourced and buy and plant seeds to buy and plugs to have ready to plant out next spring
All cut ready to collect

Collecting

Nearly done collected into heaps



Flossie quality control  approves the almost finished job