Six on Saturday – 23rd May 2020

So the weather has changed and we’ve had strong winds and rain the last two days which have left most of the alliums horizontal!

Thankfully the lupins, which are not very tall and have just started flowering, have been okay.

In the greenhouse, I have been harvesting and drying chamomile flowers to make room for tomato plants.

Also in the greenhouse for the last two days (probably taking shelter form the wind), has been a leaf cutter bee (Megachile species).

My brassicas are behind but at least they have germinated now. Here red cabbage, but I have also white cabbage, Romanesco, broccoli and Brussel spouts.

And finally for this week’s six Meadow cranesbill – Geranium pratense

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 23rd May 2020

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It is rather a nice bee – they cut little circular pieces from leaves for their nests – usually from roses, young beech leaves, strawberry leaves

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  1. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    Aww the poor horizontal allium! It’s lovely to see your lupin and geranium survived the strong winds and the colours are beautiful 💜

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  2. janesmudgeegarden

    Such lovely clear closeups of flowers. We have leaf cutter bees here too. I wonder if they’re the same. I’ve never spotted ours, only the perfect little cutouts in my roses.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It could well be same species. Mostly black but the colour of their abdomen can change depending which pollen they are collecting as they store the pollen on their abdomen hairs.

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  3. dust4y

    What a stunning blue for the Meadow Cranesbill , love the leaf cutter bee (rare?) and now I know why you needed the dried chamomile flowers! A lovely tea.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      The leaf cutter bees are probably under recorded, as often the only evidence of them us the little holes they leave in plants

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      1. Heyjude

        That just means meadow geranium, so is yours the wild one then? I have seen it growing wild here on the Lizard peninsula and it is very beautiful. I just wondered if yours was a particular variety like ‘Mrs Kendal Clarke’ so I could ask for it at a nursery.

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      2. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        Yes meadow cranesbill, the wild one. It is one of those flowers they don’t think is an Irish native but introduced. I grew from seed which I think I purchased as wildflower seed. I like it and bees do too. It also seeds itself quite happily and sometimes comes through as white.

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