Posted in August 2012

It is a matter of perspective

It is a matter of perspective

It is all a matter of perspective. Viewed on the computer this is a remarkably bad photograph. Viewed in reality on a warm August evening it is a little marvel of nature. Viewed scientifically it is a bioluminescence released when the enzyme luciferase interacts with the luciferin naturally produced by the glow-worm, releasing energy in … Continue reading

Dragonfly pond update

Dragonfly pond update

In my blog on 8th. of July, I explained that inspired by the Dragonfly Woman’s blog ( http://thedragonflywoman.com/), I had decided to initiate my solo citizen’s science project to learn more about dragonflies.  I feel I have kept up my side of the bargain but I feel hugely let down by the dragonflies.  As a novice … Continue reading

The garden in August

The garden in August

Taking photographs of the garden in August is difficult. This is one of the Lime trees (Tilia platyphyllos) that I planted for its perfumed blossom (see my last post Perfumed Pumpkin Flower? https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/pumpkin-perfume/) .  It is just  starting to take form but I find the August sunshine is as harsh in a photograph as it is on … Continue reading

Pumpkin perfume?

Pumpkin perfume?

Before I had my own garden I enjoyed visiting other gardens, my favourite being the walled garden in Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire.  I made a mental “wish list” of the flowers and trees I would plant if I had my own garden.  It was not only their colour or beauty that attracted me but also their … Continue reading

Bee in Echinacea

I like watching the bees in the garden.  They have their different methods of collecting nectar and pollen from different plants.  It appears they collect nectar from some, pollen from others and nectar and pollen from still others.  The collection can be extremely rapid visit or a more relaxed endeavour. This bee had an extremely thorough approach … Continue reading

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Delicate and poised. The fennel in the garden gives colour and attracts life. Friend or foe? That depends on whether you are a solitary bee or not. We give you a name.  Should we judge you too?  

Hot August Days

Hot August Days

Although it is tempting to slide off to the beach when it is hot and sunny, it is also tempting to go for a walk beside the little canal.  The little canal runs parallel to the Seudre which is at the bottom of our garden.  Although both are dry just now after the dry winter … Continue reading

Field of sunflowers

Field of sunflowers

This is a special time in the Charente- Maritime region.  The sunflower fields are in full bloom.  I look forward to the sunflower season in this area, as you drive around you can see acres of sunflower fields.  It is a fairly flat region and you can see the yellow fields stretching off to the … Continue reading