|Bidens and a spider.|
|Bidens and a Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).|
|Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' and Golden Oregano |
(the latter has flowered really well and for ages, thanks to the rain in August).
|All the purple leafed Sedums are flowering late, having survived an early attack by Ermine Moth caterpillars.|
|Zephirine Drouhin. Images taken 3 days apart, in different light and with different processing.|
|A Dahlia, one of several which I inadvertently grew from seed last year, |
thanks to a packet of mixed flower seeds for attracting butterflies.
|This one looks better viewed large as the little ant doesn't show up very well here; however the|
crab spider was a really tiny one and I couldn't get a sharper shot than this.
|Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'. I know the name of this one!|
|Mating Flesh Flies on an annual Coreopsis.|
|Coreopsis again, also known as Tickseed. This one is my favourite annual.|
|Veg patch this year - there are veggies in there too!|
|Sunflowers are fun and the bees love them.|
|Pollinator Meadow year 3 in the early morning light.|
|Same view taken from behind a Dill plant.|
|Dewy Mirabilis jalapa, before the flowers close up for the day.|
|A Dahlia with a spider waiting for an unsuspecting pollinator.|
|A Grasshopper amongst the Rudbeckia 'Goldsturms'.|
|Cosmos in the veg patch.|
|Borage with a Honey Bee and on the right, a Heineken Hoverfly (Rhingia campestris).|
|This is a strange year! Verbena bonariensis is usually my main butterfly nectar flower but this year|
hardly any have been attracted to it. Here's a Green-veined White (Pieris napi) having a drink.
|Looking towards the garden through the trees early in the morning.|
|From the other direction - I still don't know what the tall yellow flowers are! |
They spread like crazy just like the Bidens next to them.
Then there is ICM, which stands for Intentional Camera Movement, an effect you can create in camera by moving it whilst on a slow(ish) shutter speed. My friend Marianne has been trying to teach me how to do this and it requires a LOT of practice! I'm still mostly getting duff pictures but it's great fun trying.
|ICM - the stems top left are my Bronze Fennel which hosted so many |
Swallowtail caterpillars and there's also Sedum 'Autumn Joy',
the pink flower in the background (which is usually covered in butterflies,
but not so this year. Sob).
And a few harvest pictures that didn't fit in with other posts....
|Thanks to heavy rain in August I actually got some edible peaches! |
They doubled their size although they are still much smaller than
the commercially available ones.
|And everyone loves rude veggies. :-)|
And now I am awaiting the forecasted thunderstorms and heavy rain which the garden sorely needs, yet the sun is shining outside, I can hear a Robin singing and I'm torn because when this mini heatwave is over, that will truly be the end of summer. But roll on autumn! :-)