My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

My Garden ~ beneficial insects

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There’s a certain languor to the pace of living in this summer heat and humidity. The most energetic workers in the garden lately are the insects. Dragonflies hover and we find ourselves rescuing them from the swimming pool. The longer a dragonfly lives the more mosquitoes it can chomp the better. Himself says the mozzies have a personal vendetta against him as he slaps yet more insect repellent on each night. For some reason, I’m don’t seem to get bitten which doesn’t help Himself under siege. Bumblebees flit from flower to flower in their continual quest for nectar. Each has a useful ecological role in the garden. Once when Himself and I were clearing a large Buddleia (I think it’ B.davidii) which is an invasive weed plant here, we disturbed a colony of bumblees nesting in the ground among the tangled root system. Obviously the flowers were a great food source. The bumblebees didn’t sting us – they weren’t aggressive towards us that day unlike wasps. I have since idly wondered about how to  breed bumblebees as I understand they can be useful pollinators of plants grown in greenhouses.

None of this really prepares me for return to work tomorrow after the summer break. Insrect life will still happen and at the end of each workday I’ll escape into the garden.   

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

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