Everything is busy in the garden. The birds are exhausting themselves – in some cases the bright courting colours are fading and feathers are looking ragged as parent birds use every daylight hour to feed their demanding young. The Great Spotted Woodpeckers are an exception – they are still drumming from dawn to dusk and remain paintbox fresh.
The last couple of days have been mercurial here in the soft South of the country. The fruit trees blossom bravely in the face of wind and rain and plantlets put outside to benefit from warmth have had to be taken quickly under cover to prevent them being flattened.