September Sunflowers

I know it’s now October, but our sunflowers finally started flowering in September. In fact, they still have flowers now. We planted them as part of 30 Days Wild back in June, which seems like ages ago now. Mine won for the tallest and for flowering first.

   
 
The herbs are growing huge too – I’ve used the basil and oregano in meals but not yet the thyme and chives.

  
  
The basil at the back is growing HUGE, and the one at the front-right has been eaten a bit by moth caterpillars. I’m surprised at how well the herbs have grown and I definitely would grow them from seed again; it’s so rewarding seeing them grow and getting to eat them.

Local Nature Reserves

In the last week I have visited two local wild places. The first one being Priest Hill, which is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. The land used to be abandoned playing fields, but has been turned into a nature reserve with the grass and plant-life left to grow naturally. 
I didn’t realise how big it was, but you can walk around the outside of it. There are fences protecting the middle of the reserve and there are signs up indicating there may be ground nesting birds in there. I didn’t see a lot of wildlife, but there were a few birds that flew overhead – one of which was a kestrel. I always get excited when I see a kestrel, partly because I can now identify them, whereas this time last year I couldn’t. And also because they look pretty cute.

    

Reigate Hill

This was the second place I visited and is owned by the National Trust. I hadn’t been there in ages, so it was nice to revisit. The views from the top are stunning – these photos don’t quite  do it justice.
   

  

  

Cow enjoying the view
We weren’t the only ones enjoying the view

30 Days Wild – Summary & Stay Wild – Visit to a Lavender Field & Woodland

I can’t believe June went so quickly, and in particular my 30 Days Wild. I’ll be honest, I found it a bit of a chore to start with to think of different ideas and fit something wild in every day. I wanted to do something different every day so I didn’t get into the routine of doing the same thing each day. I’ve been really busy recently, so it has certainly been a challenge but I’m very proud to say I did it! I did all 30 days! 
After the first week I thought it wouldn’t make me feel any different by the end of it, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. I definitely feel happier and more wild and I notice wildlife more than I used to (if that’s even possible!). If I’m walking down the road and hear a bird call I always try to identify it, not always successfully!
Even though 30 Days Wild is over, I definitely intend to Stay Wild – starting with today! 
Today I went to a lavender field and nearby woodland with my family. It was so simple but such a fun day out – walking in the shade of the trees, on the mud walkway. And the lavender field smelt amazing! Not all of the lavender was out yet, but it was still very impressive. I would recommend anyone goes to visit one; they’ll be good to visit until September. I even bought a lavender plant from the shop as my lavender seeds failed to grow. The bees seem to love lavender – that’s next on my list; make sure we always have bee-friendly flowers around.