Despite sub-zero conditions and darkness, the Mahonia is in full bloom this New Year’s Eve, though I have yet to figure the evolutionary purpose of this – there are certainly no insects around at the moment. Jane rates Mahonia as one of the plants most likely to attract bumble bees in the winter, so I’ll be watching if the temperature rises a bit!
Archive for December, 2008
I thought the last few cold nights would have sent the last remaining bugs into hibernation, but tonight there are freshly-spun cobwebs, I think spun by missing sector spiders, and several unfortunate midges caught in them. They’re only a couple of millimetres long – and I guess the spider doesn’t think they are worth bothering with.