|Finally, I think I've managed to ID this one as the Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus), |
which I think is different from the one in my last post.
|More pics that I managed to get this afternoon.|
|Another view of the Western Clubtail - any experts out there who know better please let me know!|
|Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) dragonfly, male.|
|Close up of the Brilliant Emerald - apparently my pond with overhanging willows for shade, |
and leaf and twig litter on the pond bed and nearby mature trees, is their perfect habitat!
The veg patch has been looking stunning with all the self seeded Oriental Poppies flowering. It's a shame their season is so short lived though. Onto veggies, I couldn't understand why my 'new' potatoes were being so tardy and had only just started flowering, especially as Belle de Fontenay don't normally flower. The mystery was solved when I dug up the first plant and discovered large pinky red spuds that look just like the maincrop Desiree that I normally grow, but chose not to this year. Hmmmm. On closer inspection it seemed that some plants without flowers had different sized and coloured leaves, and digging up one of them revealed my B de Fs (or something similar). How completely bizarre! I bought them from the usual garden centre and I didn't notice anything unusual when putting them to chit in egg boxes. So it seems we will have some maincrops after all!
|Something went horribly wrong with my spuds this year!|
|Our meagre crops this year - 4 whole parsnip plants germinated! |
Various lettuce being successionally sown, carrots and some more
coriander has been sown. Courgettes/zucchini out of
the picture are just about ready to have the first ones harvested.
|Ladybird pupa which just happens to be on a parsnip leaf!|
I should mention that I have a lovely English neighbour who has been around several times and weeded my messy strawberry beds, and is going to tackle the asparagus bed next. I'm glad that she was happy to pick raspberries and blackcurrants for herself, because I hate seeing things going to waste, and it's the least I can do to say thanks!
|Opium Poppies (Papaver somniferum).|
|The Coriander patch gone mad with Opium Poppies |
and Borage growing through it -
the pollinators absolutely love all these flowers!
|These Opium Poppies come in singles and doubles and all colours of red and mauve.|
|In the shade under the Greengage tree, with Borage |
and Sweet William in the background.
|Opium Poppy and a Honey Bee.|
|Bumble Bees early this morning going crazy for the pollen! |
Love the orange pollen baskets.
|Poppies going over - still attractive until the seed heads start to dry out.|
|Wild Poppies and Phacelia self seeded by the compost bins.|
|Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) which has self seeded all over the place, |
with a male Thick Legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis).
Scarily the temps are supposed to rise well into the 30s this week, which is just too hot, and means lots of watering. I hope I'll feel well enough to help K - I have already done some hosepiping as I can't lift full watering cans yet. He has put shade cloth over the lettuce as my first cos lettuce had already started to bolt and it's such a disappointment waiting three months for your fave crunchy lettuce to heart up, only for them to bolt just as they are ready - or worse, before they even mature!
|I meant to add this to my previous post - seen from up the lane |
across the maize field, the thickly wooded area
is the end of my woodland garden.
|I was missing these guys but was happy to find three final instar Swallowtail |
(Papilio machaon) caterpillars in my Bronze Fennel in front of the house.
Bertie takes every opportunity to steal my cushions as soon as I stand up.....
|I love you, Mummy.|
|Meanwhile Harry finds a cosy shady nest.....|
I'll finish with two firsts.....our first courgette/zucchini and the first meal that I have cooked entirely by myself in over four months! This lot was slathered in olive oil, roasted for about 40 mins and then served with lots of cubed feta cheese, which goes so well with roasted Mediterranean veggies. Some baguette to mop up the juices of course (it's always better with juicy home grown tomatoes, but we've got to wait a while for them). Keith was very pleasantly surprised, and I felt so good to have achieved something! And I scoffed my share and could have eaten more..... :-)