1. restlessjo says:

    Wonderful close ups, Jude šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ All are sleeping peacefully…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wonderful! Hope the flight wasn’t too traumatic for them. I’m sure you have a lovely week planned. šŸ˜Š

      1. restlessjo says:

        They arrived very cheerful, and Lauren has had a wonderful birthday. They’re dining out this evening and the little fella sang himself to sleep. I won’t be far behind him. All this fresh air… and wine šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          That’s good. How will they cope when they get back? Online delivery or have they stocked up?

        2. restlessjo says:

          I suspect James will still go to the shops at a kwiet time. Even under lockdown you were allowed out for exercise? šŸ˜¦

        3. Heyjude says:

          Yes. But not when in quarantine. Then you have to stay indoors or in your own garden. You cannot go out to shop or exercise. If you are caught out of the house you will be fined. Remember Rosemary’s daughter in Perth? She was even confined to her room!

  2. BeckyB says:

    Stunning shots Jude, and what a gorgeous shade of scabious

    1. Heyjude says:

      These are very tall ones! It’s an ivory colour, I had a gorgeous pure white one in my border a couple of years ago which also grew quite tall, though not as tall as this. I must buy some again as they were very elegant and the butterflies loved them.

      1. BeckyB says:

        are they easy to grow?

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have no idea, these are in a NT garden, but they come back each year or self seed as I have seen them for a few years.

        2. BeckyB says:

          Ahh, well that’s a positive sign.

  3. Sandra says:

    Beautiful shots. I have been watching the white-tailed bees too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Seems to be more white-tailed than red-tailed this year and I am not seeing any honey bees!

  4. Scabious is such an awful name for such a pretty flower.

    1. margaret21 says:

      I think ‘scabious’ sounds graceful and elegant!

    2. Heyjude says:

      Perhaps you would prefer scabiosa? The butterfly blue or the pincushion flower. I must admit scabiosa sounds much nicer!

  5. margaret21 says:

    This is lovely. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cream scabious.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Gigantea is a big clue Margaret – these are huge. Scabious like flowers, not the same family as the little pincushions we see in the wild or the borders.

      1. margaret21 says:

        Ah! I’ll be on the lookout now then!

        1. Heyjude says:

          These are not in my garden btw, but in a NT garden where they have much deeper borders!

        2. margaret21 says:

          Ah! I did wonder!

  6. beetleypete says:

    Bees always make me feel relaxed. Perhaps it is because they are working so hard when I am not? šŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Or maybe it’s that gentle hum they produce which has a somewhat soporific effect?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue.

  7. Cathy says:

    Brilliant Jude šŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy. I love trying to capture bees and butterflies.

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    What a pretty flower (and bee too of course)

  9. Suzanne says:

    Jude, those are good close up shots, the bees tend to slow down when full of nectar šŸ™‚ Bees are one creature we welcome, and so does our lemon tree which is receiving many visitors at the moment.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, nothing easier than a drunken bee! Butterflies on the other hand… šŸ˜…

      1. Suzanne says:

        Yes, say no more regarding butterflies šŸ™‚

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