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.
This week our weather still remains cool and changeable. Our Robin friend is run-ragged (literally) collecting grubs and worms for what I assume is a nest full of chicks. He enjoyed searching in some soil that I was turning over today. He appears to have a preference for grubs, including leatherjackets (though one was left behind as I think it was just too big) over worms. The fork handle proved to be an excellent spotting post.
Second this week are bumblebees. Numbers are increasing slowly with plenty queen bees still around. The kale flowers are proving popular as always. I try to leave some kale and other brassicas to flower each year as a bee food.
Third this week, is red campion. I love this wildflower as it adds so much colour to an area under a hedgerow, not far from the kitchen window.
Fourth this week are Rowan flowers.
Perennials are a little behind this year but the lupins are not far off flowering now.
And finally this week sage . This one is in the greenhouse. It will be a couple of weeks before the outside ones have flowers.
One of my favourite places to be is in gardens – if I am not in my own garden, I love to explore other people’s gardens. Gardening allows me to switch off, relax and become engrossed in my own little world. If I did not have to work for a living I think I would happily spend all my day pottering in the garden.