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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

We are well into autumn here now, so no flowers this week with the exception of my daughter’s sunflower which is bending over a bit now after Storm Lorenzo.

Sunflower

Sunflower

We have one cheeky little robin. He likes admiring himself in the wing mirrors of the car and lets us get quite close – hence the photograph below.

Robin

Robin

The shieldbugs were still about too – here now in it’s final adult stage.

Sheildbug

Hawthorn Shieldbug

Also the very last of the butterflies. This small tortoiseshell hung about for an afternoon before the storm came.

Small tortoiseshell

Small tortoiseshell

And real signs of autumn. The ivy in the hedge in full flower. This is a valuable food source for late pollinators.

Ivy

Ivy

Cobnuts. We have a good enough crop this year but are still losing quite a few to nut weevils. The nuts are very tasty though the ones we do get!

Cobnuts

Cobnuts

 

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

 

 

Six on Saturday

We have had a few visitors this week in the garden. First the hawthorn shield bug. This I think is it’s final instar before it becomes a full adult.

Hawthorn shieldbug

Hawthorn shieldbug, final instar

The second visitor was a red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidararius). I very occasionally get red-tailed bees in my garden, though I see them elsewhere in Mayo. For some reason they don’t seem to like my garden. This chap is a rather worn and weathered male.

red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidararius)

Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidararius)

And yes the pumpkins are getting to pumpkin size. My children are already claiming theirs for Halloween! They have five to choose from. I have one decent sized squash and one little one.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

We have plenty of autumn raspberries this year. If the weather stays mild we should be able to continue harvesting for a couple of weeks yet.

Raspberry

Raspberry

I just wanted to share this photo, I did mean to take the carder bee, but the hoverfly popped in too! Comfrey is still flowering and the bees love it.

Comfrey with bumble and hoverfly

Comfrey with bumble and hoverfly

I know I have shown this poppy before. It is always popular with pollinators. Here a hoverfly and a solitary bee are sharing the same flower. Pollinator season is nearly over so I have to get my fill in!

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Poppy with pollinators

 

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.