|It wasn't warm but it looked and felt wonderful!|
|Aaaarrggh that wasn't forecast!|
Happy Easter, everyone!!!
|Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)|
|Blackthorn or Damson?|
|I don't care, it's pretty in flower!|
|Dandelion opening up|
|Every flower is pretty, no matter how tiny,|
and will be used by tiny insects to feed upon
|Pied Shieldbug (Tritomegas bicolor)|
|Unknown tiny fly|
|Common Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), female|
|Tiny spider. From underneath it looks like it has short stubby legs, |
but that's because of the position it is in on its web.
|Unknown Beetle exploring my wrist|
|Leaf miner damage on a bramble leaf|
|Wild Cherry leaf emerging from the bud|
|The very first flowers on the pink Hydrangea in June,|
with blue Campanula poscharskyana in the background
|A little hoverfly flies over an unopened flower head|
|Late June. The blue one is on the left and has grown to a reasonable size;|
the pink one far right is smaller as it is in a slightly less sheltered position.
I forgot to prune that rose last year which explains all the flowers so high up!
|July and the first flowers opened up looking quite purply, although|
the buds were blue. This is a little Froghopper sitting on the petal.
|The fresh blooms on the pink variety open with an attractive white colour|
at the heart of the flower, then gradually become darker pink
|Early August and the blue variety suddenly turned a beautiful blue!|
|I captured a spiderling on the edge of a petal doing an octopus impersonation!|
|And here it had obviously watched Monty Python's 'Ministry of Silly Walks'|
|At the same time the pink variety was looking glorious, |
and still had flowers yet to open, extending the season even more
|By late September the blue variety's flowers were fading to |
a pretty pinky/blue/grey colour.
I have actually captured many spiders and webs on the Hydrangeas.
|Mid October and the pink variety was fading but still beautiful.|
This Cricket seemed to take on the exact same pinky beige hues.... or was it a reflection?
|My favourite photo.|
Here are dewdrops caught in a spider's web reflecting the fading pink petals all around
|Early November and the pink Hydrangea had a mix of skeletonised|
petals yet some still looking quite fresh and pink.
Here's a raindrop reflecting some blue sky and sunshine.
|Early March - how much more pretty can you get?|
Yes, I really love my Hydrangeas.
|If looks could kill|
|Do these bums look worried?|
|Waiting for the stragglers to arrive|
|"If I can't see you, you can't see me"|
|"Quick girls, leg it, whilst she's looking in the other direction"|
|"I'll have you, unsuspecting cockerel"|
|"Bring it on, cat!"|
|"You're surrounded, cat"|
|"Cockadoodle-doo (run girls!)"|
|"That wasn't much fun, let's go and dig up mum's flower beds instead"|