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Six on Saturday – Pollinators return

It is always a special moment when we see the bees and other pollinators returning to the garden in the spring. So for this week’s Six on Saturday, I am going to just share six pollinator images.

Lens-Artists Challenge #120 – What A Treat!

Here in Ireland, we find ourselves in lockdown again. So we have to stay within 5km of our homes. So for this week’s lens artist challenge it was a case of heading back over the year’s photos and seeing what types of treats there were.

Seeing and being able to photograph wildlife is always a treat for me.

Six on Saturday – 25th July 2020

So our wash-out summer continues here in the west of Ireland. I would cope with the rain if we just had a little bit more sun! But still the garden grows.

  1. First this week opium poppies. These poppies come up every year in the vegetable path and are loved by bees (and me too!).

2. Next, another vegetable plot flower is Calendula. These are ones my daughter set from saved seed.

3. Some broccoli ready to harvest, not the biggest heads but hopefully we will get some side shots too.

4. A meadow brown butterfly. The netting is not to keep these butterflies out (they lay their eggs on grasses) but their cousins, the White butterflies.

5. We have had the first ripe tomatoes from the greenhouse.

6. And finally this week some sweet pea. Only just coming into flower.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #105 – Spring

Spring is my favourite time of year. Everything is returning to life. Daffodils bring sunshine to the garden.

As do dandelions and with them come the bees, bringing back the buzz of insects.

There are leaves starting to come on the trees and the birds are thinking of nesting and bringing with them songs.

The frogs return to the pond, and their chorus adds to the sounds of spring .

And my favourite wild flowers – primroses, bringing with them their delicate scent.

Spring brings so much to our lives and above all is hope and renewal.

Six on Saturday

As we head toward the longest day of the year things seem extra busy in the garden.

First this week the appropriately named green shield bug, here a pair mating on the red currants.

2. It is a while since I posted a photo of a bumblebee. Here a garden bumblebee enjoying the delphinium.

3. The day lily seemed to take ages to open but they are finally here.

4. It is pretty windy again today which I hope won’t affect the mange tout which are
doing nicely but not quite flowering yet.

5. Common spotted orchids in the wildflower meadow.

6. You may remember the red and yellow Aquilegia, well they have joined with the white ones. They are giving a great display of colour.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

We have had a couple of frosts the last two night, and there is a noticeable drop in temperatures even during the day.

  1. With Halloween just around the corner it was time to harvest the pumpkins and squash and do some carving. The big one took up half the wheelbarrow!


2. Despite the fact that most of the flowers are gone I saw a common carder bumblebee today and it was still collecting pollen, suggesting it was still feeding young – maybe it was just an optimistic bee.

3. In the vegetable garden we are getting a couple of romanesco maturing.



4. A poor frosted cosmos.

Frosted cosmos

Frosted cosmos

5. I love these big leaves of the mulberry tree.

Mulberry leaf

Mulberry leaf

6. So few apples this year but there are a few bramblys on a potted tree that will have to be planted out in the next couple of months.

Brambly apple

Brambly apple


Thank you to The Propagator for hosting – six on Saturday







Magic pollinators

As it is coming to the end of pollinator season for 2019, it seemed an appropriate time to have a celebration of all the magic off pollinators and the work they do.

peacock butterfly


Butterflies and moths are only incidental pollinators, it is the bees and hoverflies that visit the flowers for both nectar and pollen.

White tailed bumblebee

White tailed bumblebee

Here are some more magical pollinators.