Time for a quick catch-up… it’s so easy to get behind on photos at this time of year and yet I know in a few short months I’ll be struggling to find anything at all!
This weekend we’ve finally had some rain; even if it did ruin my plans to go to Chatsworth… Oh well, it’ll have to wait until September/October now once the kids have gone back to school and it’ll be quieter. It’s been very dry here, with only a day of rain here and there it just hasn’t been sustaining the plants/grass and my lawn is now yellow and crunching when I walk on it.
Here’s some grass in the city centre (photo taken with my phone):
A tree with most of its leaves dead
Now obviously it’s going to be warmer in a city centre (urban heat islands, traffic and all that) so we’re not suffering quite so much, but my lawn is yellow and crunchy:
I’m so far behind on photos that I haven’t managed to post about Clumber Park, Old Moor or the trip across the peak district… One day, maybe.
I find the juvenile Sparrows to be a little too bolshy… or stupid, I’m unsure which. They don’t seem to check for danger before coming to the feeders; but I am sure as they get older they will get far more cautious.
Our butterfly numbers have also recently increased quite dramatically; with the arrival of the much-missed Gatekeepers, although I still don’t have as many as in previous years…
However, I have had a number of Small Tortoiseshells – which normally I have very few of. (I stalked some on Friday, photos to come at a later date)
This Comma wouldn’t pose nicely for me.
Ladybird eating aphids
See the bug in the top right? I think it might possibly be a lacewing larvae? What do you think? I didn’t notice it until I uploaded photos.
Gatekeeper, I think
The poppies are finally blooming… But they’re tiny! Grrr and I thought that this year I’d finally cracked the Buddleja border and it was actually going to be full of blooms and looking gorgeous… Now I wish I’d kept it well watered.
I can’t believe the Aquilegia are still blooming… I’m not even dead-heading them… The blooms are very small though but even the leaves and dried seed-heads are adding their own splash of colour
Nicotiana and rose in the background
The Cupid’s Dart (Catananche) has FINALLY bloomed… It feels like I’ve been waiting for ever for it, and very pretty it is too.
Gypsophila is very cute and delicate
Knautia is blooming away happily, although I haven’t seen many insects on it yet?
Shasta Daisies are growing alongside ragwort and actually look quite pretty
I’m unsure what this is, its leaves look chrysanthemumish/feverfewish?? It’s from a mixed seed collection, which didn’t state the seed contents!
Feverfew and Veronica continues to impress me :)
One of the Blackcurrant Fizz poppies, this one is probably the only ‘normal-sized’ one. Grrrr
Anyone know what this is? Also from an unknown seed mix, is it morning glory? Only it blooms all day! It looks like a larger blooming flax flower.
Dahlia ‘Happy Days’
Heuchera adds a little interest to the Buddleja border…
Looking at the poppies and other blooms from down on the decking, you can see just how much shade the Buddleja casts.
A new Geranium for me… ‘Thurstonianum’
Double Petunias in the hanging basket…
New Echinacea ‘Lucky Star’ is next to ‘Harlow Carr’ and I think will make a nice combination
Tess of the D’Ubervilles is looking better this year, it took quite a beating when the new fence posts were put in, but it’s bounced back nicely.
Monkshood has masses of blooms, I have to stand on the tier to take these photos otherwise I look like a dwarf next to them!
Sweet Peas need cutting for vases… They started off with lovely long stems but gradually the stems have become shorter and shorter, is this due to lack of water?