Today I’ve fitted in snippets of wildness. At lunchtime I went to the garden centre to try to buy some borage, to plant as one of the Wildlife Trust’s suggested 101 Random Acts of Wildness. Sadly, no borage was to be procured, but I spent fifteen happy minutes wandering around the plants, paying attention to which ones the bees were most interested in, before picking one to take home with me. The Centaurea were buzzing with bees, so that’s what I picked.
Sadly, this evening one of our lovely hamsters passed away, at dusk we buried him in the garden, with the new plant to mark his grave.
We spent some time in the night garden. It smells different once the sun has gone down.
The scent of the honeysuckle hung heavy in the air, as we wandered the garden, the lavender and rosemary brushing against our legs added their perfume to the bouquet. In the corner of the garden, the pyrancantha is in full bloom, adding it’s distinctive smell to the garden. The plants look different at night too, the whites and pale creams standing out starkly from the colour in the dim light, a beacon for moths and other night flying insects. The sap on the leaves of the plum tree was noticeable as a sheen on the leaves, reflecting the street lights, sticky to touch and sweet to taste, no wonder the bees like it.
It was quiet, even the steady hum of traffic from the nearby busy roads stilled this late in the evening. On the far horizon the last of the light was leaching out of the sky, a dull orange burning on the horizon. The deep blue sky above was perfectly clear, Venus and Jupiter glowing in the western sky. It was awe inspiring to stand in our little garden, able to see other planets clearly visible to the naked eye in the sky above us. Suddenly I felt very small, and very rooted to this tiny planet we call home.
In bed, before we settled for the night, we spent some time playing with the new bird song app I had downloaded to my phone. Our bird song recognition skills are not good, but we’re starting to work on it, and this app will help. It’s called ispiny and has bird songs for British and European birds, and quizzes to test your skills. It’s fun, and should help us to recognise some of the birds around us, even when we can’t see them.