After terrible weather yesterday, I only managed to snatch brief photos between very heavy deluges – heavy enough to knock sky off and leave us with no tv for a while.
I was shocked and extremely excited to spot butterflies on the Buddleja once the rain had stopped… Not one Peacock, or even two, but three Peacocks and also three Small Tortoiseshells quickly refuelling between showers.
This morning I decided to have a quick flit around the garden; savouring being outside for the first time in what feels like months; but in reality is probably only a week.
As I was on the upper tier checking on the plants, the birds arrived at the feeders…
The Tits are often the least wary birds – the Sparrows seem to be the worst, even though they’re very sociable birds. So it isn’t so much a surprise that the Blue tits, although doubtful of the clicking of the camera, did allow me to get some shots.
And, look what I’ve noticed over the past few days… Just to add to the odd summer we’ve had, my Garrya has tassels on it and have heard from people on Twitter that they’ve seen Magnolias in bloom for the second time this year!
I’ve just had a Comma in the garden, the first for a month or so. I hope it’s visited the nettles and laid on them. It may well have just emerged as I’ve seen signs of there being caterpillars on the nettles – just yet to spot them!
My year has just been made… had my first Blue!!! Well, I’ve seen them pass through before, but not for a year or two. This one I spotted on the Erysimum, I disturbed it as I opened the kitchen door, so it flew into the Sea Holly and then away and landed on my neighbour’s Lilac… Apologies for these photos, but I’m thrilled regardless!
I believe it was a Holly Blue and although I’m unaware of any Holly nearby, apparently they’re just as worthy of the name ‘Ivy Blue’ as their second broods are laid on Ivy (first on Holly). As it happens Ivy is creeping into my garden from next door (I took photos earlier today actually for my end of month post) and I assume it perhaps has laid on the Ivy or maybe recently emerged.
A quick question… I bought two Pyracantha earlier this year and have planted them into larger pots than they were bought in… They’re intended for the front garden once they’re large enough to hold their own and I will remove the large shrub roses. Now, do you think I should plant them in the garden and then move them once they’re larger, or keep them in the pots for a couple of years or so? My concern is that I’ll never get round to moving them once they are large enough, or that I leave it too long and kill them when moving.
Btw, thanks for your well wishes re: my illness. It must’ve been bacterial, just two days in and I’m already much better and managed to sleep for the first time in a week or two without choking – nothing worse than being woken mid choke and having your entire body almost retching through the pain and tears streaming down your face.