I’ve planted my walnut tree.
They have arrived already, the horse flies! I can’t say I’m happy about it and I guess it’s meaningless to believe that this means their time will end early too🙂 One lady (yes all blood drinking insects are ladies because they need the protein in our blood to produce the new generation) landed on my arm and will land no more. She didn’t even get the time to bite me but many others will I’m afraid. Last year was reasonably good after all, the rainy spring sort of made this place a paradise for them, I wonder if we’ll have to pay for that this year?
The worst year, when it comes to horse flies was when I had lived here almost one year. It was so bad that we had to wear thick clothes, socks over our trousers, thick garden gloves and a mosquito hat too. It was an unusual hot summer that year so most of us tended not to go out those weeks the horse flies reigned🙂 I had to take walks with my dogs, at least short ones because they were bit too and I remember boiling all the time we were out there🙂🙂🙂 It hasn’t been that bad since then though.
The water in my pond was very clear this morning and it stayed that way until Sune jumped in to the pond again! Not once but twice! I really must remember to buy a pool of his own tomorrow on my way home, he might have made a hole in the rubber sheet because the water sank rather quickly after that. The sun shone all morning and the wind has been blowing pretty hard so that might also be the reason for the water level to sink that much. If there is a hole I do hope I will be able to find it, otherwise I must buy a new one. If I have to I’ll make the pond a bit bigger but I’m still hoping that it isn’t leaking.
The sun is long gone now and according to the predictions it should rain here by now but it doesn’t. It’s rather warm anyway so today I planted the little black walnut I sowed over three years ago. It has been living in a high thin pot since then and in the cool cellar during winters. This is on the border to what a Black Walnut will manage to handle when it comes to survival. Not because our winters are so cold, it’s actually often more cold where they live as far north on the American continent during winters. No it is because we have such short and rather cool summers, they need a long hot summer to get enough energy to survive a cold winter.
We’ve had plenty of butterflies flying around here for a while but very few bumblebees and wasps (yellojackets). But that has changed now, I can see bumblebees everywhere and I have chased a couple of wasps in my kitchen today. It’s the queens I can see now and they rather survive than risk getting killed so they tend to fly away without a fight🙂 Bees are dying all over the world so we need all kinds of pollinators we have, it’s a combination between pesticides they thought were harmless to bees and a mite that kills awfully many bees right now. The pesticides are now forbidden in the EU so now we have to get rid of those mites.
I do hope we’ll have Hornets here this year too, they are really big wasps and rather rare here in this country. There are lots of myths about the hornets, they are said to be especially aggressive and their poison is especially dangerous. It’s actually the opposite🙂 They rarely attack unless they fear for their lives and the poison is one of the weaker amongst the wasps. I have a bush in my garden, a Cotoneaster, that they seem to like especially much and I have never been stung even if I poked them around to get a good photo of them🙂