Posted in May 2012

Distractions in the vegetable garden

Distractions in the vegetable garden

This Privet Hawk moth (Sphinx ligustri) appeared while I was weeding in the vegetable garden.  Excuses to stop weeding don’t come much better than that. The poor creature was unlucky enough to fall into our hands but endured stoically our admiration and picture taking.  There are no privets around us but lots of ash trees … Continue reading

Sage

Sage

My sage is extremely popular with the bumble bees at the moment.  It is full of flowers and is another plant that gives rich rewards for very little attention.  It likes sunshine, a soil that does not stay damp (no problem with that in my sandy soil) and seemingly does not like limestone (I do … Continue reading

Let’s here it for Iris

Let’s here it for Iris

Over the years I have come to appreciate irises more and more. I have them planted along the wall of an outbuilding. I have planted them on the outside of our garden wall.  This is not an original idea.  I adopted it because our area I saw so many irises planted along the outside walls … Continue reading

Mea culpa…

Mea culpa…

Mea culpa, I’ve caught a butterfly in my Asiatic hornet trap! Indignant but proud the Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) waits for release. A little coaxing was needed to encourage an exit from the trap. Too tired to fly she looked at me accusingly. O.K. I really am sorry!  Perhaps a drop of sugar solution would set … Continue reading

Summer approaches in the woods

Summer approaches in the woods

Everyday sees changes in the countryside.  The warmth, the cold, the rain, the sun all conspire to bring about subtle changes that made no two days the same but there comes a point where our coarse senses remark a change that cannot be ignored. The vibrant, frenetic days of spring are past and summer is … Continue reading

A hole in the grass

A hole in the grass

This is a picture of a hole in my garden. And why should this interest you?  Well in fact, it probably doesn’t interest most people. For my sins, I found it very exciting.  To me it seemed an extremely interesting hole.  My immediate thought was that I had stumbled upon the entrance of a solitary … Continue reading

Mme Isaac Péreire

Mme Isaac Péreire

Madame Isaac Péreire is an old Bourbon rose.  Bred by Armand Garçon de Rouen in 1880 and originally called “Le Bienheureux de La Salle”  it was re- named after a wealthy banker’s wife in 1881.  I can imagine the original Madame Isaac Péreire wearing a stunning silk dress of the same rich pink as the rose.  In fact the … Continue reading

May in the garden

May in the garden

May has been a wet month so far. This was what the woods looked like on the first of May. It has not stopped the garden flourishing but it has cut badly into the time I have been able to spend in it. The lilac has flowered largely unappreciated, whereas it usually provides welcome shade … Continue reading

Bumble bee rescue

Bumble bee rescue

Yesterday was the first day that it had not rained for some time.  The temperature was still low for the time of the year and when I went into the garden to check out the comings and goings in the Wisteria I found a bumble bee prostrate on the fallen flower heads.  It was not … Continue reading