Category Archives: Garden

Six on Saturday – 16th October 2021

Mid October and nearly Halloween. Below my squash and pumpkin harvest this year.

The continuing relatively mild weather means that late flowering cosmos are still providing some good colour.

Meanwhile the sweet chestnuts are getting ripe.

Once again the choke berry leaves are putting on a wonderful autumn display.

Some lovely rosehips on the dog rose.

And will this be (sorry somewhat blurred) the final bumblebee this year?

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 9th October 2021

Finally some respite from the rain. Temperatures though remain exceptionally mild for October. Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

First this week a Hawthorn shieldbug – not that well camouflaged against the reddening leaves.

We are still getting some autumn raspberries – though the wet weather of the last three days has made them pretty squishy. Maybe able to harvest a few more this weekend as weather dries up a bit.

Not such good crop from the apples this year, and those few that are there, are being attacked by birds. Picked six good ones from the Pixie apple though.

Some hazel nuts too.

There hasn’t been great germination of the winter lettuce.

But I am holding out for these brussels spouts to fill out for Christmas!

Six on Saturday – 2nd October

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.

Many thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 28th August 2021

There is a real feel of autumn in the air. So first this week in the garden is a lovely spider web – there were lots this morning.

In the wildflower meadow, the late summer – autumn flowers are out – first devil’s bit scabious. I love the colour of this flower.

Also in the meadow is knapweed. A great pollinator plant.

Autumn of course brings fruit. We don’t have much this year (cold, May with frost) and the brambly apples have got scab – for the first time ever.

Autumn also bring seeds heads – poppies being one of my favourite.

Thankfully there is still some colour – here from snapdragons.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 21 August 2021

The weather here has turned autumnal, but sunny weather is to return next week or so the weather men tell us.

A quick Six on Saturday this week. First soapwort which has got somewhat battered by the thunder showers.

Next are runner beans – they are not thriving this year. I think it may be mainly the weather (often quite cold) that is not suiting them.

Onions are also disappointing. The one hot week of weather we had sent a lot to seed early and they never got very big.

Cucumbers on the other hand are doing pretty good.

While the wasps have some reason taken a fancy to the raspberries.

I was going to show you my caterpillar munched Brussel sprout plants but instead a carder bee picture to finish in a positive note!

Six on Saturday – 10th July 2021

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.

  1. Cosmos

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.

Six on Saturday – 3rd July 2021

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday. Hard to believe it is July already. The delphiniums are now at their best.

This rose grews in our hedge……………..

Along with native honeysuckle which is flowering really well this year and being enjoyed by the bees.

I generally prefer pink foxgloves but I do like the markings on this white one.

The lavender is also being enjoyed by the bees in this case an early bumblebee male.

And finally this week – a newish arrival – little chick “Dream” with his mum “Miranda”.

Delphiniums and garden bumblebees

In the garden at the moment the delphiniums are in full bloom. This week’s lens artist challenge asks that we show the same subject captured using multiple, different approaches, so I have chosen these flowers as my focus.

They are regularly visited by the Garden Bumblebees

Six on Saturday – 12th June 2021

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.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six On Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 5th June

It seems this year I am just growing weeds! Work is busy and time in the garden is short – but thankfully the flowers are still doing their best, despite my neglect.

First this week – Iris – with raindrops

2. Another blue this time Aquilegia

3. For three, also comes in blue but I have white Jacob’s ladder.

4. One of two self-seeded foxgloves. These ones are much happier than the ones I planted into the flower bed.

5. The meadow is coming on – buttercups are dominating but the ox-eye daisies are not far behind.

6. And finally this week – some male early bumblebees about – note their really yellow body and face.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.