Monday, 5 August 2013

5 in 5 - IN MY GARDEN August 2013

Welcome to my second 5 in 5 where on the 5th of each month I shall be posting 5 photos that I have taken in 5 minutes. 

 And here's my photos for August, taken in my garden.

A new herb tub.  Our other is overflowing with sage, rosemary and thyme. I wanted mint and coriander as I love using fresh herbs.  There are also chives in this tub and a different kind of thyme.
Just outside the kitchen, it is perfect.

Also outside the kitchen is my insect box. It has been a hive of activity this year and I can watch insects busy themselves from the window. This one seemed happy to pose for me.

At the bottom of the garden is a pond. This started out a small  pond with a couple of fish and lots of wildlife. Over the years the fish grew and Brian started to introduce Koi. So the pond grew, and grew, to accommodate them.  This year we inherited my father in law's Koi. So another pond has been added and soon some of the smaller fish will be moved in. The big Koi are friendly and feed from the hand. Some of them are gentle but one sucks the bread from your hand and I am not so confident feeding him/her. 
The wildlife do not live in the pond any more. Frogspawn is quickly eaten by the fish and I really miss the frogs and newts that used to live in our garden. So last weekend Brian dug a new pond for me, just for wildlife. It was quickly inhabited by frogs and I have bought some new grass to plant round the sides to soften and blend it into the garden.

I love this black grass.  The purple buds gradually lighten then pop open into small flowers. The contrast is lovely, and I am waiting to replant them around the new pond. I have other grass to go a long side. Some have striped leaves, and others tall fronds of beautiful seed heads that blow in the breeze. I will have to take another photo when it is done.
Meanwhile I also unpacked a hedgehog box that was bought for my birthday 2 years ago. It came with a bag of hay and some hedgehog food, so we sited it under lots of plants and we put hay in the box. The first night a half grown hedgehog appeared and has been coming every night. I have tried to take a photo but it is too dark, and when the light comes on the hedgehog makes a quick escape. It's surprising how fast they move! This is our first sighting this year so we are amazed and excited that a hedgehog has appeared so soon. 
And we are sure he/she has set up home in the box!

So that's five of the photos I took in 5 minutes. Actually, I took a lot more and I was torn by which ones to include. I may even write another post and include some of the others. But for now that’s me. 

And there is nothing I like more than an online community of friends who share and have fun together. So if you would like to join in here is the plan:

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a mobile timer for 5 minutes.

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the linkytool.
    You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos. 

And if you would like more information about 5 in 5 please go here.

The Link tool is now closed but I want to add this one so please pop over and see Ruth's beautiful garden.



  1. I love your ponds and wildlife....we had to remove our pond as DD2 has a phobia about frogs....and our garden was overun with them!!

  2. What a wonderful tour of your garden! There is so much to delight the eye - and probably the nose as well, if I were there :). I have often seen those insect homes and wondered if they would be inhabited, so good to know the answer is yes. And how amazing to have a hedgehog move in so quick. Clearly a des res!

  3. ooh I must join in again this month as it is such fun! Thanks for my fabby camera bean bag it is great and I can't wait to try it out. Hope all is well xxx

  4. I love this idea and hope to join in soon! I actually did the challenge and hope to post later this week.

  5. I've just found you, through Rinda, above, and will be joining in with this one next month,
    Joy x x

    1. I can't upload your last comment but yes Joy, the piano was in. Harwich

  6. Hi sandie I have just found your blog through Joy's blog and as a fellow Essex girl I thought I would pop over and say hello. I'm looking forward to seeing more if your photography xx

  7. Will try to remember to join in next month your pics!
    Alison xx

  8. I have just discovered that Ruth (from Chatty Crafty Arty Pig) posted in August but missed the link tool. I loved her photos and the fact she took the trouble to take part so here are her beautiful photos:


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