Author Archives: Murtagh's Meadow

About Murtagh's Meadow

As an ecologist I have always had an interest in nature. I love gardening and would spend all day outdoors if I could. I also enjoy taking photographs and writing. I live in the west of Ireland with my young family.

Details

Mother name it seems is partial to details. It seems a little unfair that this beautiful butterfly would be called the “common blue”. In flight it appears to be a bit of summer blue sky (particularly the males which are bluer than the females photographed below).

Common blue

Common blue

But at rest you see these stunning patterns of the under wing.

Common blue

Common blue

 

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Six on Saturday

Back to my own garden this week for six on Saturday. There is a lot going on so it is hard to know what to choose.

  1. CLOVER: On our return from Wales the red and white clover was at it’s peak. Both are great bee food. The white clover comes up on our “lawn”, because we don’t cut it too often. It smells heavenly. Red clover is in the wildflower meadow and the gravel drive. It is particularly food this year.

 

2. RINGLET: Ringlet butterflies are also doing well this year and are loving the wildflower meadow.

Ringlet

Ringlet

3. WORCESTER BERRIES: It is not a great fruit year for us (we’ve no apples or plums because of late frosts) but we do have some berries. Here Worcester berries (cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant).

WORCESTER BERRIES

WORCESTER BERRIES

4. CAMPANULA. Campanula (bellflowers) are one of my favourite summer flowers. These ones grow to about  1m tall and do suffer a bit of wind damage, but always give a great display of colour.

Campanula

Campanula

5. VERBENA: I grew this from seed a couple of years ago and really like the way the tall stalks rise above all the other flowers in the flower bed.

Verbena

Verbena

6. BORAGE: I grow borage in the vegetable plot where it self-seeds. This is another great bee plant.

Borage

Borage

Wales

This week’s Lens-artist photo challenge is a special one as they are celebrating their first anniversary! So the choice is ours – so I thoughts I would post some photos of our recent visit to Wales.

Friendship – we made a new friend in Charlotte at Old Oak Barn, the self catering accommodation we stayed at. Charlotte has a beautiful garden and was so generous with her time, even sending me home with some seeds gathered from her garden to try. You can see more about Charlotte’s garden here.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

Imagination – The National Botanic gardens of Wales is full of imaginative planting, beautiful sculptures and of course fabulous plants and flowers.

Connected – Wales is very well connected with its history, with many wonderful castle to visit and explore.

Wales is a lovely country full of great places to visit and friendly people.

Thank you to the Len-artists of their year of photo challenges. I look forward to the coming year.

 

 

Charlotte’s Garden

We have just returned from our annual trip to Wales to see my husband’s family. When there, I always like to include a garden visit, and this year we were in for an extra treat as we stayed at self-catering accommodation at the Old Oak Barn, near St Clears, where we got to enjoy Charlotte’s garden every day.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

Charlotte has the most beautiful flower garden, but she also grows vegetables (which we also got to enjoy). Her garden is a riot of colour, form and scent.

Charlotte's Garden

Charlotte’s Garden

So I thought for this week’s Six on Saturday I would share some of the highlights from her garden.

  1. A pot full of pink cosmos greeted us.
Cosmos

Cosmos

2. Charlotte grows in mixed beds of flowers and vegetables. Every looks so healthy. And the lettuce and peas were delicious.

Vegetables

Vegetables

3. She had a couple of different poppies, which self-seed around the garden including this dark one and this really flouncy one.

 

4. She has beautiful roses, here are just two examples.

5. And her lupins, like my own, are popular with the bees.

Bee on lupin

Bee on lupin

6. She also grows teasel, which is another great wildlife plant being good for bees and later on for birds who will eat the seeds.

Teasel

Teasel

So that is my six and to finish just a few general photographs of Charlotte’s lovely garden. We all really enjoyed our stay at the Old Oak Barn and would recommend it for anyone looking for Self catering Accommodation in Wales. For more information you can following the link:

Old Oak Barn