We have been concentrating on the garden over the last couple of days although the wet weather has prevented us from undertaking much actual gardening.
Day 13 Sound Map of the Garden
It’s years since we last created a sound map of the garden. One afternoon about 5.00 pm we just closed our eyes, sat down & listened. It had rained quite heavily earlier in the afternoon so everything was quite damp.
To my right a few raindrops were dripping off the Acer tree. The most localised sound was the buzz of a bee in the foxglove next in me. In fact all the foxgloves in the garden see to have a resident bee. The sunny border also had a bee on the geranium and a few buzzing around the cat mint. In the Silver Birch tree in my neighbour’s garden a blackbird was singing its heart out. Every now & again a gust of wind came across the garden starting in the Oak tree at the back. All in all it sounded like a tranquil scene, but really there was much going on.
Wild Flowers in Central London
I think when you see a signpost saying how many miles to central London Hyde Park Corner is the normal reference point. This week I took a trip to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens to see their summer exhibition. I walked to it from Knightsbridge a Tube through Hyde Park. As I entered the Park I came across a patch of wildflowers with ox eyed daisies, red clover and red campion. I was thrilled that I was less than a 5 minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner yet the plot was full of bees, a dragonfly and damsel fly. Well done to the Royal Parks. Can we have some more of this please?
Flower Colour Treasure Hunt
Have you every played the game where you take out a set of pencils and try and match them with colours from the garden? I thought I’d play the game with a twist. I was interested to see how many different shades of colour my flowers were lighting up my garden with. So I picked every flower I could find.
Above here they are drying out.
I then found every coloured pencil (about 60) in the house to see if I could match the flowers to the pencils. I had great fun creating the colour chart. As you will see I couldn’t match all the subtle shades. Nevertheless I was pleased with my creation. For more accurate matching you would need a detailed colour paint chart or mix your own paint.
We are linking up this post to Country kids at Coombe Mill because this is what we have been. Take a look there to see what others have been up to this week & also search the hashtag #30dayswild.