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!
Pollinator postcards to enjoy. All off White-tailed bumblebees which seem to be having a good summer this year.
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.
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.
In celebration of World Bee Day
In celebration of World Earth Day, a gallery of some of our wonderful pollinators taking flight.