Posted in response to the Daily Post weekly photo challenge. This weeks theme ‘Close Up
I’m glad to say we have gazillions of bees in our garden at the mo’ and they particularly like my lavender. There are several different types, and lets face it, at first glance they all look the same, but with the help of a Friends of the Earth identification guide, I’m slowly beginning to recognise the differences. This one is a Common Carder Bumblebee (I think) which you can tell by his bouffant yellow ‘do’ and the yellow stripes that go right down to his bottom.
I’ve always rather fancied keeping a few hives, but really, having plenty of flowers in the garden has bought enough buzzy visitors in to satisfy my bee love.
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They won’t mind the incessent rain today…
I plucked these pretty flowers from garden just for you!
Doing a bit of voluntary work sometimes brings the most surprising rewards. I was assisting one of the ladies at the IT group where I teach a few weeks ago and happened to ask what her password was for something. ‘Hellebore****’ she said. Now, Hellebores happen to be amongst my favourite plants, and when we had the garden landscaped in 2013 I insisted on a bed planted only with them, so of course we got talking, and to my delight she told me that she was a Hellebore ‘breeder’ and had lots of unusual types in her garden.
This week, she invited me to go and see them and take a few ‘babies’. Her garden is quite magical and bursting with Hellebores of all types and colours – spotty ones, double ones, ruffed ones, a quite gorgeous and rare bright yellow one… all currently in their full glory. She generously dug up seedlings and small plants and I came home with a car full! They’ll take a couple of years to grow, but in the meantime I thought I’d share with you a few photos of those that I do have that are already in a profusion bloom!
Weekly photo challenge – Serenity
This gorgeous Japanese garden (Pureland – click here for more info) is not too far from where we live. It’s a lovely place to visit, either to explore it’s meandering paths, say ‘hi’ to the huge and beautiful Koi carp, or just to sit quietly and meditate…