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Six on Saturday – 11th June 2022

I have been missing out on Six and Saturday the last while. Life is busy and Saturday’s are equally so. But here are my six for this week. The wildflower meadow is just getting going.

Wildflower meadow

Lots of blues and purples in the garden – like this iris

iris with bumblebee

Sage is looking good.

Sage

As is the lavender.

Lavender

And for a change of colour – how about a pink geranium?

geranium

And finally this week an aquilegia seed head.

Seed head

For more Six on Saturday check out Six on Saturday’s host page here – The Propagator.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #200 — Every Little Thing

This week, Amy asks us to share little things that makes us smile. Well anyone that follows me will probably guess that I would share a bee photo. They always make me smile.

Common carder bee

Nature is amazing and there are so many tiny creatures to wonder at. Here is one I have shared before. Ladybirds always make me smile.

Ladybird

The other things that makes me smile are chickens. Here is one of my daughter’s silkies. A double smile, because they make her smile too.

Silkie chick

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #194 – Bokeh

In this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge, Sofia tells us that bokehis the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.” My 40-150mm lens is pretty good at creating this effect without me having to think too hard about it. Here are a few examples from the last couple of weeks. The first one shows lots of blurry branches from the trees behind – not perhaps the most effective bokeh, but I like the bee in flight.

Bumblebee and bird cherry

The next three have all a green blurred background as spring is here and everything is greening up nicely.

Dandelion seed head
crab apple blossom
Lesser celendine

Thanks to Sofia for a great challenge.

Six on Saturday – 5th March 2022

A mixed week but the last couple of days have been frosty and then bright. Feeling very like spring, and first pollinators are emerging so bit of a pollinator theme going on this week. Many thanks for our host “The Propagator” for hosting Six on Saturday. Check out the participation guide.

My first this week is a dandelion with the first of the pollinators, a hoverfly, which I think is Eristalis pertinax. It is really important that we leave dandelions to bloom as they are a very important food source for these early emerging pollinators.

Dandelion with hoverfly

Crocuses are another great food source for queen bumblebees that are emerging from hibernation at this time of year.

Crocus

Willow catkins, again here being used by hoverflies, and they will also be used by bumblebees.

Hoverfly on willow catkin

As will Hellebores.

Hellebores

I love daffodils – and the larger ones are also flowering now – bees will use them but only if they are really hungry and can’t find anything more appealing.

Daffodil

And finally this week the frogs have pretty much finished spawning in the garden pond (this photo is from earlier in the week). I hope the spawn won’t get too frosted.

Wishing everyone a great gardening week.