You might remember that earlier in the year I sowed several packets of seed into my wildflower bed in the garden. Not a single one has come up.
I sowed a free packet of wildlife friendly seeds from Countryfile (a TV show), two packets of wildlife friendly seed mixes, some sweet peas, some free (Gardeners World Magazine) zinnias and some poppies. Six - yes, count them, six!!! - different lots of seeds.
All sprinkled and watered in as instruction on the various packets - or just sprinkled liberally in the case of the poppies.
Not a single thing came up - I know, I said that already, can you tell that I am cross!! Look at it. Nothing here at all from the seeds.
I put it down to the squirrel, but other - more likely - suggestions were made of mice, birds and so on. However, I have seen no mice activity and I watched for birds very carefully and although they take great delight in digging around in the grass, flinging the bark mulch about looking for bugs under it, and they will later on peck the grapes and the apples - neither worth eating so I don't mind! - I have never seen any birds in this border.
A great mystery.
Until today. When I was reading my Gardeners World Magazine - August in case you are interested! - I found this.
Look what it says. Ants steal seeds.....
This bed is riddled with ants, you can see some of them here, there are hundreds of them.
So I have, at last, found the culprits. It is the ants, the little blighters!! Seems as though it will have to be full grown plants only in here from now on unless I can evict the ants.....
In other garden news, roses are blooming, grapes are growing and the pots are looking great - thankfully seeming to be ant free!
Not to self, no more seeds!