Three of the best

I haven’t joined in with this challenge for a while, but this week Sarah asks us to consider three photos that we judge to be successful. Of course how we judge our own images is very subjective and sometimes an image may be a favourite, but not necessarily one of our best. There are all…

World Bee Day 2022

World Bee Day is an annual holiday that falls on 20 May every year to celebrate the contribution that bees make to our planet and raise awareness of how we can prevent their decline.

Square January #17

 Uplifting Uplifting (adjective) – inspiring happiness, optimism, or hope. Always the optimist, Becky is hoping that 2021 will be a more positive year as we march onwards and upwards. Yes, the theme for January Squares is the word ‘up’ and as usual she invites us all to join her in a month of ‘ups’ of any…

Drumsticks

Another plant growing in the Bee & Butterfly bed that the white-tailed bumblebees enjoy is Allium Sphaerocephalon. These unique flowers open green, then start to turn a purple/crimson colour from the top, creating unusual two-tone drumstick flower heads. Unlike the larger alliums which flower in May/June  these flower later in the year around July/August. I…

Lollipop Love

Verbena bonariensis with its tall, narrow, sparsely-leafed stems on top of which flattened heads of bright lavender-purple flowers appear in late-summer can grow to 6 ft (180 cm) tall and can spread to 3 ft (90 cm) wide. This is Verbena ‘Lollipop’ which is a dwarf cultivar and grows at half the height, although mine…

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

temptation

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

Six on Saturday | feelin’ the buzz

Not my garden, I hasten to make clear. But the wonderful sub-tropical paradise that is Trebah Garden, down on the Helford river in south-west Cornwall. I have visited twice during the last week, the second with my macro lens in the hope of finding some interesting flowers or beasties to capture up close. Life’s a…