We’ve been feasting on radishes, lettuces and other salads and herbs for quite a while, but it’s the arrival of the ‘main attractions’ that mark out the seasons. The first potatoes (Charlotte) and tomatoes (Alicante) were harvested almost a week ago, marking the start of the season of plenty!
We found this nest of Redstarts wedged between the stiff vertical leaves at the middle of a New Zealand Flax plant, at about half height. The nest is woven with the dead flax leaves that litter the ground below and between adjacent plants.
There are no honey bees in Uist, so pollination is by other flying insects, often just flies. Bumble bees too : they nest – and hibernate – in the gaps of the high stone walls of our garden, which is a very short journey to work for them, pollinating our apple trees and soft fruit bushes