Coal tit in winter.
So our wash-out summer continues here in the west of Ireland. I would cope with the rain if we just had a little bit more sun! But still the garden grows.
- First this week opium poppies. These poppies come up every year in the vegetable path and are loved by bees (and me too!).
2. Next, another vegetable plot flower is Calendula. These are ones my daughter set from saved seed.
3. Some broccoli ready to harvest, not the biggest heads but hopefully we will get some side shots too.
4. A meadow brown butterfly. The netting is not to keep these butterflies out (they lay their eggs on grasses) but their cousins, the White butterflies.
5. We have had the first ripe tomatoes from the greenhouse.
6. And finally this week some sweet pea. Only just coming into flower.
Though it is not yet autumn there is a definite autumn feel to the air here in the west of Ireland. Here are some images from previous years to remind us what is in store.
Inspired by this week’s Lens Artist photo challenge – Autumn
For those who enjoyed the wren chicks photograph in yesterday’s post, here they are again – just as a parent was approaching:
The weather continues cool and cloudy. It started off lovely and sunny this morning but clouded over. We are hoping for a bit more sun later. Meanwhile in the garden all the young birds are keeping us entertained. There are young blackbirds, swallows, goldfinches, robins, dunnocks and these little wrens. Four are squeezed into this little box which the kids painted years ago. Every time an adult comes with food they are poking their heads out!
2. Next this week is alliums – little ones. There are a few just coming out.
3. Yarrow with hoverfly.
4. A rather wet nasturtium.
5. I love the blue flowers of hyssop.
6. The blackbirds have found the Logan and Tayberries too, but we have managed to pick some. They just need a bit of sunshine to sweeten up.
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday
Spring is my favourite time of year. Everything is returning to life. Daffodils bring sunshine to the garden.
As do dandelions and with them come the bees, bringing back the buzz of insects.
There are leaves starting to come on the trees and the birds are thinking of nesting and bringing with them songs.
The frogs return to the pond, and their chorus adds to the sounds of spring .
And my favourite wild flowers – primroses, bringing with them their delicate scent.
Spring brings so much to our lives and above all is hope and renewal.