Not quite sure what happened to September, it seemed to go in a blink of an eye. It was a pretty mild month for us but things have definitely got a bit chiller in the last week. And the nights are really drawing in. The sunshine and heavy showers of the last couple of days have resulted in some beautiful rainbows though.
The haws are showing great colour. Here an American hawthorn, who’s berries are not as plentifully this year as our native hawthorn trees.
The poly tunnel plastic is showing its age. We did some repairs last year but this winter we are going to have to go for a new cover. The plastic is probably about 14 years and they say 10 is a good age, so I can’t really complain.
This sweet chestnut trees is about 10 years old and this is the first year it has fruit – there are only about half a dozen fruits.
This aster seems to have flowered late but is adding some well needed colour now.
Similarly, I had nearly given up hope that this sunflower would open but it had this morning, adding it’s own bit of sunshine.
July is proving to be a pretty grey month so far here in the west of Ireland, with little sun. Thankfully some dry days despite the clouds. Still plenty colour in the garden to bring us some sunshine.
2. Yellow Loosestrife
3. Day lily
4. In the flower meadow, orchids are really abundant this year. When we started the meadow we had about three orchids. This year we counted 18 a week ago, and a couple of more have appeared since. They are all common ones but still lovely to have.
5. Also in the meadow more ragged robin – it looks lovely against the white ox-eye daisies.
6. The bees are certainly enjoying all the wild flowers.
Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.
Mid June – and like The Propagator my garden “has been running away from me” too. Weeds everywhere but particular the vegetable path. So I am not going to show you that – just some pretty flowers (and a few insects) instead!
First this week a pink geranium – sorry don’t have a name, with a visiting hoverfly (Rhingia campestris).
Next one of my favourite June combinations – buttercup and red campion – these are both flowering under the hedge.
Delphiniums are another summer favourite – just coming out now.
The garden is busy with bees at the moment – always a joy to see. The white tailed bumblebees seem to particularly like the lupins.
Sitting on the lupin leaf I spotted this lovely blue damselfly too.
And finally this week a red and yellow aquilegia. The white tailed bumbles also like this one.