Archive for June, 2011

A good year for Foxgloves

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

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.