Despite being World Sauntering Day, weather and other activities have dictated that this is the day when I finally get the dahlias, currently in pots after overwintering as tubers, into their summer bed. Viewing the bed made me decide that this was also the time to remove all the rather invasive dark-leafed plant with yellow flowers; although it forms a pleasant backdrop to the bed it does try to compete with the dahlias which I put so much hard work into.
Two and a half hours later, most of it is out and I can get on with the original planned job. Retreating to a seat on the deck the garden was suddenly invaded by young starlings which had apparently been waiting in the trees until I removed myself from the garden. I’ve noticed before a lot of birds don’t seem to “see” us on the deck.