We should have been opening the garden to the public for the National Gardens Scheme today. Current pandemic restrictions make that impossible. Instead we were greeted with a delightful surprise.
Every year in May, without fail for at least the last ten years, we are visited by a pair of wild Mallard Ducks. They arrive, live in the garden for a month, then disappear. Just the one pair, visiting Sennicotts – where there is no running water. We have no idea where they come from, why they decided Sennicotts, nor where they go.
We have been trying to practice wildlife-friendly-gardening partly because it seems the right thing to do but far more because there is something absurdly rewarding when the wild chooses the patch you have looked after to hang out.
The Mallards came this year as usual and once again appeared to have left towards the end of May. Or so we thought … until an early morning visit to the walled garden today…
Thank you to all who attended the 4 Sennicotts NGS Garden Opening Days this month. Over 300 people joined us and with your help we raised over £2,000 for the NGS Charity.
To learn more about the charitable causes this money will support please see the NGS beneficiaries here
We are only able to donate 100% of your ticket sale and 100% of the tea and cake proceeds because of a very special team of volunteers who give their time to bake, serve and tidy up before, during and after the opening days. A heartfelt thank you goes to those who make the openings possible.
Every year in the spring a single pair of wild Mallard ducks visit us. Usually their stay is for no more than 2 weeks.
We don’t know where they come from or where they leave us for but we’ve become attached to their annual visit. Another sign of spring.
This year however they look like they want to extend their stay. They have built a nest in the walled garden and laid six eggs. The nest is located right by the main doorway into the walled garden and no amount of human traffic and noise appears to unsettle the sitting mother.
The dilemma is whether we value our veg or our visitors more?!