Garden safari


Really exotic critters take refuge in the garden. This Silver Y moth was star of the day.


Silver Y moth

Creepy crawlies lurk in the compost bin and under stones; hide in shrubs, flower heads, and other secretive nooks and crannies.

Purpose build tenement block bug houses are almost fully occupied.


Bees and butterflies collect the last of the summer pollen and nectar; spiders wait for a tasty morsel to land on their intricate sticky web; sap-sucking shield bugs suck sap; beetles, slugs and snails all go about their garden business.





Better get on with mine – snipping, trimming, edging, sowing, mowing.

A little ear worm that’s been in my head all day … … …

How many insects find their home
in an English country garden?
I’ll tell you now of some that I know,
and those I miss, I hope you’ll pardon.

Dragonflies, moths and bees,
spiders falling from the trees,

butterflies sway in the mild gentle breeze.
There are hedgehogs that roam
and little garden gnomes
in an English country garden

American pop singer James Frederick “Jimmie” Rodgers had his biggest hit in the UK (No5 in the charts in June 1962) with a version of “English Country Garden”, originally a folk tune arranged for piano in 1918 by Percy Grainger.




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