The other star Rose performer this year is Darcey Bussell.She has grown quicker than the other Roses but also flowered beautifully.These have a delicate tea rose scent.She is the prima ballerina of the garden!
The torrential rain yesterday sent masses of birds into the garden.the House Sparrows are like ever present garden spirits chattering away,flying into the garden and landing on any branch that moves.They may be brown but their feathers are quite ornate when you spend time looking at them.
I also had a surprise visitor yesterday on the feeding station by the window.A large bird landed heavily on it causing the pole to shake.I thought its a pigeon.When i looked up i saw some beautiful yellow eyes,and a sharp beak.It was a large male Sparrow Hawk looking through the window at me.By the time i got the camera he had flown off.For those few seconds we were observing each other through the window.Amazing!
I have found evidence of Sparrow Hawk in plucked feathers of baby birds in the garden.I saw one on the shed roof plucking its prey,but never as close as that to see its eyes.They are magnificent birds.
The bunting is still up on the garden fence,but i think i will keep it as a decoration for 2012.The London Olympics are a month away now.I hope it drys up so i can get to the allotment on my days off.