Earlier this week I turned my Wordless Wednesday post into a "Wildlife Wednesday" post and included this photo of a corner of the garden.
A couple of people spotted the little visitor at the bottom of the photo -- a field mouse!
Here's a closer shot of him/her. I seem to have at least two in the garden. One has dug a little burrow in the whiskey barrel container down by the wall. Another one has burrowed into a hanging basket of fuschias.
I had been a little worried about them because we had such torrential rain last week I feared they might have been drowned. But this photo was taken since the storm, so at least some of them are okay.
Now I have a dilemma -- This whiskey barrel needs to be replanted for the summer - the pansies I had in there have long since passed their prime and need to come out. I'm reluctant to do any digging in case there are any babies down in the burrow.
I suppose I could get a few pots with annuals in and sit them on top of the whiskey barrel for a bit of color without disturbing the mouse family. Or is that taking "gardening for wildlife" a tad too far?
What do you think?
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.