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Tomatoes from my garden

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Tomatoes from my garden

I love growing things in the garden. It’s wonderful to step out of the kitchen, walk across the lawn and pick something fresh to eat.

The runner beans have got lots of flowers on them and some little beans are starting to form. I’m looking forward to being able to pick them.

I was given a nice healthy pot of tomatoes and have enjoyed watching them grow. Yesterday I decided that the first few were ready to pick. I cooked a meal, and then when it was ready, I went out to harvest the tomatoes, fresh and warm straight from the plant. They were delicious!

A good year for Foxgloves

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Foxglove
I love the beautiful bell shaped flowers of foxgloves and the way they have patterns inside them to lead bees deep inside to pollinate them.

It’s been a good year for them this year. I’ve seen them on roadsides, in gardens, in people’s drives and I was really pleased to see some growing in my garden.

Every morning I could come downstairs, put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, and while it was brewing, go out into the garden to take photos of the foxgloves and the bees buzzing round them. They lasted for ages, because as one flower dies, another one opens further up the stem.

They’ve gone over now, but I’ll spread their seeds round the garden hoping that they’ll come up again next year. In the meantime, I have some lovely photos to remember them by.

A butterfly on my marigolds

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

A friend gave me some lovely bright yellow marigolds to plant in the garden. They look really good especially next to the red and yellow Red Hot Pokers, but an extra bonus is the lovely butterflies they attract.

I try to remember to take my camera with me when I go out into the garden, because if I see a bee or a butterfly and run back in to get it, guess what! When I get back outside they’ve gone! I find butterflies quite difficult to take, as they flit around so much. If they do sit still for a few seconds, it’s often with their wings closed so that I can’t see their beautiful patterning.

So I was really pleased to find this one sitting still with it’s wings open when I had my camera with me! It’s a Small Tortoiseshell and now I know that they like marigolds, I’ll plant them again.

Bumble bee in the garden

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Bumble bee with mite

I’ve got some foxgloves in my garden, and I’ve been enjoying taking photos of bumble bees flying in and out of their trumpets. When I looked at this one on the computer, I noticed that it had some sort of mite either on it or attached to it.

I’ve since looked it up on the internet and found some photos with poor bees completely infested with them.

I hope it’s just hitching a ride rather than being a parasite sucking the poor bee’s blood.

It looks really big compared with the size of the bee doesn’t it?

Grape Hyacinth

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Grape Hyacinth

Another lovely Spring flower. I don’t know what it is about Grape Hyacinths, but for me there’s something special about them. I love their shape and colour and the way they’re made up of tiny little flowers. I suppose that’s where their name comes from, as they do look a bit like a bunch of grapes.

A touch of Spring

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

A touch of Spring

I went out into the garden yesterday to take some photos of the Moon as it was a lovely clear sunny day. As I turned round to go back into the house, a flash of colour caught my eye, and there in the middle of the lawn was a crowd of mauve crocuses!

I was so pleased to see them! I don’t remember them from last year, but I think what happened was that the birds had sabotaged them by pecking them to pieces before I had a chance to see them.

Of course, with my camera already in my hand, I had to take some photos of them!

Growing sunflowers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Sunflower in my garden

I love sunflowers. They’re so tall and stately with happy faces, and each one is different as if they have their own personalities. I love taking photos of them. Last year, I took photos where I could find them, so this year I decided to grow some of my own.

It fascinates and amazes me as I watch a stalk and leaves grow out of a small seed. I grew them in pots at first and then planted them out next to the fence to give them some protection from the wind as they grew tall.

I don’t know whether I planted them late, but they were only a couple of feet tall when other people’s were in flower. Gradually they got taller, and eventually they were much taller than me, but by the time September arrived, they still hadn’t flowered.

I was wondering if it was getting too late and I’d have to give up on them, but at last they formed flowers, and day by day they gradually opened up. So now I have some lovely big yellow sunflowers in my garden and I can take photos of them whenever I want to.

Macro photography

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Bumble bee on lavender

I love macro photography. It makes it possible for me to see the beautiful intricacies of God’s creation of flowers and insects etc in wonderful detail.

I love the undulations of this bumble bee’s wings. I would never have seen that without macro photography.

Home grown salad

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Home grown salad

Last year, I grew some runner beans. I enjoyed watching them grow, and I loved being able to walk down to the bottom of the garden, pick them, cook them and eat them straight away with all their freshness and flavour intact.

This year, I decided I’d expand my vegetable garden. I’m growing runner beans again, but I’m also trying courgettes, beetroot, lettuce, parsley and coriander. I already had mint and sage.

This salad is made from a couple of beetroot leaves and a few lettuce leaves cut from the growing lettuce. I’ve added some chunks of cheese, some sunflower seeds, and half an orange pepper.

It was lovely – fresh and tasty, and it was so nice that I had prepared it from leaves I had just picked in the garden.

I think I’m going to enjoy growing vegetables!

Poppies in my garden

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Mauve poppy

I’m really enjoying the beautiful poppies that are around at the moment. This one’s in my garden. I’ve had these lovely pink and mauve poppies around for several years, and every year when they’ve gone over, I spread the seeds around the garden and hope that some of them will come up somewhere! Thankfully, they do!

I go out first thing in the morning when a new poppy is out, and I can get photos of it looking clean and beautiful like this one. A little later in the morning, it will have pollen all over it looking as though someone has tipped some sand into it!

I’ve been watching bees visit them and I’m fascinated to see what they do! They get right down into the bottom of the flower, lying on their side and they work their way round underneath the frondy bits – is that the stamen? They seem to hold on to a bunch of them with their legs while they wipe their mouth up and down them, presumably collecting pollen. At least I think that’s what they do. It’s all so fast. I must try and take a video of it.

I’m still enjoying my little photoshoots every day after work when I stop at a bit wasteland on the way home, but it’s lovely to have poppies in my garden where I can see them from the kitchen window and pop out any time I want to have a look or take photos.