If the forecast is to be trusted, it seems that today we had the calm before the storm - and it has certainly been a bright and sunny day! After a busy and challenging week, I've calmed down and taken stock - the garden needs my attention and seed sowing should be a priority over … Continue reading Six on Saturday
It's the 31st January and the last day of Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge. I've four for the finale today: Frogs are abundant in our pond, here is one caught in a spotlight! Sea holly in a sun trap, creating it's own starlight! A pathway through sunlight! And finally....skylight over … Continue reading Spotlight, Starlight, Sunlight and Skylight!
For the penultimate day in Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge, I've chosen three photos of blossom in sunlight - in anticipation of spring being just around the corner! Amelanchier lamarckii is a lovely small tree, growing to a height and spread of approximately 8 x 4 metres after 10 years, … Continue reading Blossom in Sunlight
I did think my commitment to using only plant and garden related pictures for Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge might prove difficult, but in fact I should have been more confident - there's a plethora of choice! Today I've selected eryngium 'Miss Wilmott's Ghost' in a photo taken last September … Continue reading Starlight
In the last few days of JanuaryLights#, Becky at the Life of B's square photo challenge, it's such a shame that there is no word to describe lots of pictures I have where sunlight is creating a lovely warm glow through a flower's petals. So, as neither sunlight nor backlight do the effect justice, I'm … Continue reading Glowlight
Today's submission to the JanuaryLights# square photo challenge set by Becky at the Life of B, consisting of 3 pictures of bees alighting on flowers, could easily have been another delight, given that they all bring a smile to my face. Firstly, a bee alights on dahlia 'Honka Black', the glow from whose heart sets … Continue reading Bees Alight
One of my favourite gardens is at Coughton Court in Warwickshire - on a bright sunny day towards the end of September, the lime tree walk is at its very best. With a low sun streaming through their pollarded trunks, this avenue is certainly in the limelight! Becky at the Life of B's #JanuaryLight challenge … Continue reading Pollarded Limelight
The Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 takes place this weekend and so I thought it apt to choose 6 garden birds who have graced us with their presence today. We've noticed an increase in the number of birds in the garden during the last few weeks, I'm already hearing birdsong just before dawn and the bird … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Garden Birds
I photographed these kissing parakeets, perhaps in trothplight, hogging the limelight in Walsall Arboretum last Spring! They're easy to identify even before you see them as they have a very distinctive call, very different to our native birds, particularly in flight.... Ring necked parakeets are now commonly seen in the wild in the South East, … Continue reading Parakeets – in Trothplight?
Trawling through photos for Becky at the Life of B's #JanuaryLight square photo challenge, I came across this one - I think the delight is written all over my face as I prepare to cut the ribbon on my new greenhouse. I was so delighted with this magnificent structure we even held a party to … Continue reading Greenhouse Delight