Monday, 23 August 2010

First signs of Autumn


Who's been at our Hazel Nuts

Hawthorn berries (apologies for blurry pic, will try harder next time!)

Swallows gathering

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Appearances can be deceptive!

Looks so tranquil, doesn't it? and usually it is

Don't be fooled we have V festival blasting out from Weston Park tonight!!!
7 mies away, even the light show is reaching us!
Kasabian is playing now and we can even pick out the songs now,

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Yellow Brimstone

It is amazing how in just one week the numbers and types of our garden butterflies can change so dramatically.
Last week the most numerous butterflies in our garden had to be gatekeepers and whites, with a very good showing of peacocks. This weekend the number of gatekeepers had dropped significantly, with only a couple in the garden at any one time and there were also less whites, there were still numerous peacocks, including this stunning one which had much bluer eyes than any of the others in the garden,

but we also had a good number of small tortoiseshells which were totally absent last weekend,

a couple of painted ladies were also flying around

and this stunning brimstone also made an appearance today.

Monday, 9 August 2010

A lovely day out in my garden

Yesterday was our first sunny day for weeks, we didn't have any plans so were able to enjoy a relaxing day amongst the butterflies and bees in our garden, just pottering.
First lovely find of the day was this borage which has just appeared in our verge next to my comfrey, it certainly wasn't there last year, although I do keep trying to grow them. I have tried growing from seed and buying in pots and then planting out never with any success, so lets hope this isn't a one summer wonder!

We spent most of the morning sitting out just enjoying being outside, but of course sitting means looking and looking means finding things to do so every so often one of us would walk off to do a bit of weeding! The garden was alive with butterflies everywhere and so many bees humming, it was wonderful, I always kept my camera close by, and kept photographing the butterflies, took far too many and won't bore you with too many, just a couple of my favourites. like this one of my buddleia covered in peacock butterflies and a comma.

We also got daughters new sea kayak out so I could have a closer look at it! It's very nice, I like the colour!

and this I think is the first small copper I've photographed in my garden this year.

Small copper with a gatekeeper

In the afternoon Mr S went off to do his weekly butterfly count on the common, this is something he does for the Butterfly Conservation every year.

I'm amazed he saw any, I would have thought that they were all in our garden,

but no he saw plenty 14 different specied in fact, he didn't see one of these though, a Red Admiral, unlike all the other butterflies in our garden yesterday, this Red admiral prefered to stay on the red valarium rather than the marjorams and buddleias.

We also had a holly blue in the garden again which didn't make it onto his list although he did get a common blue instead.
It was really quite a warm day and returned with a very hot, tired and smelly dog, very smelly.

Time for a bath, We have enjoyed Megs company now for 7 years and believe it or not this is her first ever bath, partly because she is so heavy and partly because up until last summer we didn't have a bath for her. In the past I have just rubbed a few drops of tea tree oil over her if she has been unbareably smelly! She's a labrador and they love rolling in interesting things.
Anyway bath time.

I had to put camera down and help!
While Meg dried herself off we lifted the remaining bed of onions and placed them on a make shift wire rack set up in our garage.

Job well done, time for our pre dinner drink, interrupted by this visiting hornet,

hornet got bored, so we could return to our drink and watch these ants crawling out of one of my herb pots and then climbing up one of our granite posts before taking off.

later on we enjoyed dinner outside, camera went away for the meal, I knew I would regret it as we had a first humming bird hawk moth visit, our first sighting of the year! maybe it will return today!