last photo

Brian (aka Bushboy) is running a monthly challenge where he asks you to post the last photo on your SD card. The rules are simple: 1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st July. 2. No editing – who cares if it is out of…

Six on Saturday | August Already

Whoa! This year is beginning to fly through. I rather liked it when everything was slowed down. August can be a funny month – akin to April in the number of daylight hours although classed as summer it can often be disappointingly cool and rainy. I hope not. (1) This is a reminder to all…

rainbows

The last day for Becky’s July squares looking at ‘perspectives’. I haven’t joined in every day this month. My sense of perspective on life has changed a lot recently, as it has for many of us I think, with the confusing messages concerning how we can safely live our lives. I recently spotted this pretty…

bee happy

Cephalaria gigantea. (Giant scabious). This impressive plant needs a good deal of room. It produces large, soft-yellow scabious-like flowers on tall, widely branched stems which attract the bees. In this case, white-tailed bumblebees. July Squares | Perspective

Six on Saturday | Cosmos and Kate

This week is all about Cosmos flowers. Well nearly all as I only have five so have had to add another relatively new plant to make up the six required (I don’t want to offend our host). The flowers attract a variety of bees, butterflies and hoverflies, and also make a good cut flower. Best…

Butterfly facts

Have you ever wondered what butterflies feed on? Or even how they do it? Most butterflies prefer flower nectar, but others may feed on the liquids found in rotting fruit, in ooze from trees. Butterflies prefer to feed in sunny areas protected from wind. Most adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers through a tube-like tongue called a proboscis…

ripples

July Squares | Perspective

a royal perspective

Clematis ‘Prince Charles’. A member of the royal family grown in my garden. (His daughter-in-law ‘Princess Kate’ is the other one). It looks similar and is in the same group as ‘Perle d’Azur’, but doesn’t get as gangly, nor does it succumb to mildew. Raised in New Zealand, Clematis ‘Prince Charles‘ produces masses of mauve-blue flowers…

temptation

a white-tailed bumblebee heading for delights, though her pollen basket already looks quite full. July Squares | Perspective