Wordless Wednesday – Orchids

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Orchids in the local quarry are only just starting to emerge. The annual count this evening is going to be hard going with so few flowers and spikes showing.

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A very fresh looking twayblade

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This bumblebee found a flower!

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Man orchid, with some of the little men in mid-twist

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One of the most advanced Common Spotted orchid

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Hopefully although there appear to be fewer orchids in the quarry this year, it may look different in two or three weeks time.

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Wordless Wednesday – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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Echium pinnata. It has been such fun watching …

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The bees wind their way to the top …

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In a leisurely spiral …

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Up into the clouds!

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Wordless Wednesday – A dog’s-eye view of the meadow in May

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“Hello, I am Sadie. I am trying to find my way through this cloud of cow parsley”

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Lovely bright buttercups … “Oh yes, I definitely like butter”

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Salisfy … “they’re nice with butter too”

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Plantain … “If only my Mum would stop picking them for catapults”

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Ox-eye daisies … “They are fun ‘cos they bounce back as I pass”

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Cow parsley … “Great for hiding in”

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Dandelion clocks … “Not sure what the time is though”

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Red clover … “Oh good luck for me, I’ve found one with four leaves”

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Flowering meadow foxtail grass … “Excuse me while I sneeze!”

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The ditch … “Better wash off all that pollen. Now I am ready to go home!”

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Wordless Wednesday: Purple Reign – A Crown of Wisteria

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It seems to be a great year for wisteria in the UK

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There are lots of visitors enjoying the blooms and perfume

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It’s a treat to sit under

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We are seeing pollinators of all kinds

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 … on the ever lengthening cascades of purple

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The ancient-looking twisting stems add some atmosphere too

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It looks divine against a blue sky!

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In a Vase on Monday – Lilac: A symbol of passion and love

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Lilacs: They have such a short, but deliciously fragrant flowering season. They make me think of France and village fetes and bunting and trips to quaint tea shops. Did you know that lilacs are part of the olive family, Oleaceae? I only found that out today … And in the language of flowers they represent the first emotions of love (the purple flowers at least, white stands for youthful innocence).

I’ve been enjoying our two lilac trees, a pale purple and a white one for the last week or so. I pass them twice daily, each time I take the dog for a walk and I always stop to sniff the flowers. I picked some today for a vase, because I adore that scent. But it turns out to be one of those things that don’t quite work out as well as you think. You can have too much of a good thing and quite frankly I am moving the vase to our outside table, because I am literally overwhelmed by their perfume and am getting a headache!

So, the vase that is now outside consists of lilac,

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aquilegias:

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of a pink girly kind

 

 

 

 

 

 

and of a dark forbidding kind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with a touch of spirea:

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to add to the frothy, effervescent effect.

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Now, where are those scones and lemonade and bunting?

This is my contribution to Cathy’s In-a -Vase-on-Monday meme. Check it out!

 

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Making a wildlife pond: First water …

Just like ‘First Light’ on new telescopes, except that this is for our new wildlife pond. So, drum roll please, as the first drops of water start to fill the pond:

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Last autumn we got rid of the 6m hexagonal above ground pool that we built for the kids some ten years ago and while we watched the builders break the 12-inch (excessive I know) concrete base up, we decided to go deeper. We asked them to use the digger to scrape out the clay base to a metre, so that we could make a pond.

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This was the hole first thing this morning

Now I know that this post is jumping the gun a little, because said pond is not even close to being finished, but after months of digging the hole, watching the hole fill with winter rains, pumping out collected water, building a summerhouse, building a retaining wall for some anticipated decking in front of summerhouse, we finally got to the fun part of making the pond and I couldn’t resist sharing.

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Nice bit of protective under-felt

Today we put in the liner and right now the water is pouring in.

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Liner roughly draped in hole

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‘First Water’ in the pond

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Pond filling slowly, while the wrinkles in the liner are eased out

Now, imagine: Chairs on the decking (to the right), summerhouse doors flung wide open, waterlilies floating on the surface, marginals decorating the edges and the pond just buzzing with wildlife.

Ah, dreams …

Are you planning anything exciting for your garden?

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Wordless Wednesday – The secret life of Arums

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Hidden

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Exposed

 

 

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