March 21st, 2010

me: wrong side of the mirror

Garden progress: Equinox update

Since the weather was shockingly cooperative this weekend, we spent most of it outside. I'm pleased to be able to provide photographic evidence that a good deal more of our 565 bulbs survived the long, cold winter and are beginning to bloom.

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Our garden is a hive of activity at the moment, and not just when we're in it weeding, digging, planting or painting the shed. We've confirmed the presence of the following species in our pond, all of which have their attentions divided between stuffing their faces and reproducing. Mostly reproducing at the moment.

  • Frogs (Pelophylax, green, uncertain which variants)
  • Common toad (Bufo bufo)
  • Common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)
  • Golden tench (Tinca Cuvier tinca, introduced by us)
  • Blue orfe (Leuciscus idus, introduced by us)
  • Water snails (Lymnae sp.)

I've always liked observing flora and fauna, but I've never been so methodical about it before. The bloke has learned most of the Latin genera and species for common plants and trees in Britain. We're just beginning to do the same for birds, amphibians and mammals.