Coun­try Mouse

Tempt­ing fêtes

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

ONE of the won­ders of liv­ing with our wild British weather is that, each year, some plants and in­sects thrive due to the con­di­tions as oth­ers strug­gle—in stark con­trast, it can all change dra­mat­i­cally the fol­low­ing year.

The wet win­ter that was fol­lowed by a bit­terly cold March in which it snowed seems to have done won­ders for the lilac and, es­pe­cially, the early roses, which I have rarely seen put on such a blowsy show. Hap­pily, I’ve also seen more but­ter­flies than in the re­cent past, but, to my un­sci­en­tific eye, the num­ber of poor bum­ble­bees ap­pears to be as low as ever. It’s in­ter­est­ing to see the EU Court of Jus­tice has con­firmed that the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion’s ban on the use of three neon­i­coti­noid in­sec­ti­cides on flow­er­ing crops was proper and le­gal—let’s just hope that the move re­ally does give the bees the boost they so des­per­ately need.

How­ever, you don’t need to be a sci­en­tist to no­tice the plethora of fêtes and gar­den open­ings hap­pen­ing up and down the land. They are some of great­est tri­umphs of ru­ral Bri­tain and are a huge credit to the or­gan­is­ers, who are at the heart of it all and put in so much ef­fort to make these events hap­pen. I salute all of them as true he­roes of the coun­try­side. MH

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