What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
“Leisure” – W H Davies
I have, as I have said recently, been seeing more butterflies in the garden this year. It’s not due to good weather or better plants, just that I’m finding more time to stand and look at our garden. For the last couple of years I’ve hardly seen it.
I was reading a copy of Garden News from last month as I waited for Julia to leave work this afternoon. The head gardener from Helmsley Walled Gardens makes a good point towards the back of the magazine – make time to sit in your garden, consider improvements and enjoy it. She also suggests not over-gardening, but letting nature do the work for you. That’s my kind of gardening. I like her approach.
There’s a useful bumblebee ID chart on the garden website, though it’s slightly confusing that a buff-tailed bumblebee has a white tail, as does the white-tailed bumblebee, and the garden bumblebee and heath bumblebee.
I have to ask about the wisdom of calling something white-tailed when it’s a common featureI also feel slightly cheated that the early bumblebee has a red tail, an ID feature it shares with the red-tailed bumblebee.
Anyway, enough of that, I’m going to sit and stare, at ebay, as W H Davies, may have said if he had lived longer.
Though I’ve just noticed Cockneys vs Zombies is on. It’s not the finest work Richard Briers and Honor Blackman ever did, but it’s not a bad film, and it’s streets ahead of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. If only Jane Austen knew, she’d be emerging from her grave…