I don’t know about you but lately I’m tending to take my Six on Saturday photographs the weekend before they’re posted. More often than not they’re taken late on a Sunday afternoon when I suddenly realise there are only a few hours of daylight left and there won’t be another opportunity to take any more photographs until the following weekend. Last Sunday, as I pottered round the garden, phone in hand ready to take some stunning close-ups of flowers, leaves or buds, I realised I was struggling to make up six unless I featured the usual flowering stalwarts that have featured many times before (primarily the snapdragons). So I decided I’d take a break from sharing plants and go for objects and ornaments in the garden instead.
1. These metallic mushrooms were purchased at the Taunton Flower Show a few years ago. They’re weathering rather nicely underneath the standard Buddleia.
2. I can’t remember if the little bird bath was a purchase or a gift. We acquired it when we were renting our first house. It was a new house that backed on to the back of allotments. The garden was tiny but we attracted a large variety of birds to the bird table and naturally a bird bath was required for them to have a drink and take a little dip.
3. When we bought our first house six years ago we found it came complete with a proper bird bath in the garden. Unfortunately, and I forget the specifics, I broke it (I think I was struggling past it with the remains of the raised bed that I was dismantling enthusiastically with a sledgehammer). My mother-in-law kindly bought me this one as a replacement. It’s much tougher that the original one; it was used by some blighter in an attempt to break into the house last year via the conservatory. They failed and attempted to break into the neighbour’s house instead. Thankfully the scoundrel was caught.
Watching birds enjoying a bath never grows old, though apologies for the rather unsteady camerawork…
4. A newt/lizard/gecko found in Lyme Regis. He lives next to the pond. I find myself talking to him sometimes. I don’t know why.
5. Yes, it’s those love ’em or hate ’em hedgehogs that we found in the garden when we moved here. I was surprised to discover they had a few fans when I was rather disparaging about them in a SoS a while back. They’re helping to hold down the swing seat cover over the winter, hidden away out of sight!
6. And finally… I’m always keen to attract wildlife to the garden (well, desirable wildlife). We’ve had this small bee hotel for a couple of years now. I completely forgot to check it during the summer but it looks like some leaf-cutting and masonry bees have made use of it again which is rather nice.
And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.