June is usually a good month here for hunting for glow worms http://www.galaxypix.com/glowworms and we expect to find 10 – 12 in our garden all twinkling away hoping to attract a mate but so far we have only seen two. I know there are more than this in the garden as I quite often come across them whilst working in the flower beds. Perhaps it hasn’t been warm enough for them?
Another creature we haven’t seen so many of this year so far is ‘our’ colony of grass snakes. So far I have only had three sightings and this afternoon I saw one little olive green beauty, it was only around 2 feet long and I hadn’t expected to see one in this particular area so wasn’t treading carefully but suddenly heard a rustle and looked down in time to see the flash of yellow behind it’s head before it disappeared in the undergrowth. What was noteworthy was that a toad also sat there looking slightly bemused and wet, or should I say the top half of the toad was wet – surely the snake was not about to make a meal of the toad?? Thought toad’s exuded a substance that made them unpalatable? Or perhaps I am putting 2 plus 2 together here and making 5!!!
Some plants here are being very slow to make any headway and we are attributing this to the cool winds we have had of late and the even cooler nights. The tomatoes, melons and cucumbers in the polytunnel are being very slow to make growth; indeed only one of the tomato plants has flowers on it and that is pretty pathetic for this time of the year. Usually the tomato plants are almost as tall as I am by now and, also usually, the border that the melons and cucumbers grow in can’t be seen for vegetation. Fingers firmly crossed for some warm, balmy weather soon.