Six on Saturday – 15th May

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.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Lens-Artists Challenge #147 – Gardens

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.

The garden is not just the flowers.

But also the wildlife the garden attracts.

And the fresh food it produces.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details

This week’s lens artist photo challenge is all about focusing on details. There is nothing like seeing the close up detail of flowers to really appreciate their beauty.

The photo below was taken by a lovely old stone building. But what caught my eye was the dandelion catching the sun.

And the intricate details of a dandelion clock or seed-head always fascinates me.

Six on Saturday – 1st May

May already, and we are still having night frosts. Time they went away now. This week’s Six on Saturday. Thank you to The Propagator for hosting.

  1. Red crab apple – tiny apples but makes up for it with it’s beautiful foliage and flowers.

2. Newly emerged and very green maples leaves.

3. Bluebells. Yes May is bluebell season

4. Geranium – small and delicate and I am afraid I don’t know the name.

5. Dandelions are already setting seed and attracting a goldfinch pair into the garden.

6. And finally we have six new chicks just a couple of days old.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #145: Getting to Know You

Last summer, a number of chicks hatched from the incubator. As the chicks grow, you really get to know their characters.

There are the cute ones.

The cheeky ones.

The shy ones.

The bossy ones.

Now we have new chicks and the getting to know you will start all over again.

In memory of Mac – who was one of the shy ones.