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This post is made up of photos of things I’ve seen in my garden during the last month.  The first few shots were taken during the last two days in June (I did say ‘mainly’!), when the weather suddenly got much warmer and the sun appeared.  Summer arrived and we all felt much better!

IMG_2329Painted Lady on scabious (2) (640x416)

Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) on a scabious flower

IMG_2333Dog Rose (2) (640x434)

Dog Rose flowers (Rosa canina) next to the big pond

IMG_2335Common Blue Damselfly (640x423)

Male Common Blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)

IMG_2341Four-spotted chaser (640x427)

Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly (Libellula quadrimaculata)

IMG_2340Small Tortoiseshell on pond (2) (640x428)

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) on big pond

IMG_2348Female Emperor Dragonfly (640x408)

Female Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) laying eggs on the big pond

We have Ground Elder in our garden.  I wish we didn’t but there is little chance of us ever getting rid of it here so we will have to try to weaken it and stop it from spreading further.  It is in the ditch between us and the school house next door and also in the ditches at the front of the house and under the hedge.  It is trying to spread into the lawn at the front but we strim and mow as much as possible and try to stop it from flowering.  We often fail in this.

IMG_2350Ground Elder (640x427)

Ground Elder flower! As you see it is a pretty umbellifer with slightly pink buds.

I eradicated it from a former garden by digging it out over a period of a few years.  It was in a flower bed so therefore easier to deal with.

IMG_2351 (2).jpgCommon Backswimmers (640x424)

Common Backswimmers (Notonecta glauca) in the front pond. This pond completely dried up while we were away on holiday but is starting to fill again because of the torrents of rain we’ve had during the past week or two.

IMG_2359Insects on lavender (640x427)

Insects on Lavender ‘Hidcote’. There haven’t been as many insects this year as last, but the lavender attracted quite few while it flowered. It is a fabulous insect magnet!

IMG_2354Lavender (640x427)

Lavender growing at the front of our house

IMG_2373Herb garden (601x640)

My herb garden

IMG_4908Bronze Fennel flower bud (640x480)

Bronze Fennel flower bud. When we returned form our week away all the leaves on the fennel had died and the flowers were drooping. I watered the herbs and then the rains and cool weather returned; the fennel is still alive (it has an enormous tap root) but no leaves at all for now. The flowers are fine and are being enjoyed by wasps and hoverflies.  A neighbour came in to water the plants in the greenhouse while we were away (tomatoes mainly) but we couldn’t expect him to water all our plants – that would be asking much too much!

IMG_2355Tumbelina Petunia (640x427)

A pretty Tumbelina Petunia in the window box.  It has a lovely gentle scent.

IMG_2356Verbena (640x427)

A very bright pink Verbena in the window box with the petunia. The hoverflies love it very much. I wish it was scented.

IMG_4917Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus on verbena (640x480)

Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus (I think!) on verbena

IMG_4926Hoverfly on Fuchsia (640x480)

A hoverfly on the Fuschia that is also in the window box. This photo was taken after we had begun to have rain at last after a long dry spell.

IMG_4923Spider on fuchsia (640x480)

A beautiful, tiny green spider on the fuschia. I think this is a Green Orb-weaver (Araniella curcurbitina).

IMG_4915Six-spot Burnet (480x640)

A Six-spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae) on lavender

IMG_2358Lily (640x427)

One of my unscented Asian lilies.

IMG_2369Sisyrinchium striatum (2) (640x427)

Sisyrinchium striatum. These put on a good show this year. Many years ago I had these growing in my garden and loved them as they seemed to go with all the flowers in the border. We moved to Somerset for 18 months and then moved here in 2006. Three years ago I found a seedling sisyrinchium in the garden which appeared from nowhere.  I potted it up and grew it on; it flowered the following year and I let it go to seed. I sprinkled the seed on my border and last year I found lots of plants growing which flowered beautifully this year. Free flowers!

IMG_2370Viola (2) (640x419)

A pretty Viola. These seed themselves all over the garden.

IMG_2376Rosa Mundi (640x427)

I have two Rosa Mundi bushes ( a gift from Richard) and they both flowered well this year. It is sad that they have such a short flowering period but it is worth having them for their pretty, painted petals.

IMG_2378Perennial Sweet Pea (640x427)

Perennial Sweet Pea

IMG_2379Scabious (640x427)

Scabious flower

IMG_2382Rose (640x427)

A pretty rose from Richard’s border

In a former post I posted a photo of a mullein flower infested with Mullein moth caterpillars.  Here is another photo taken a week or so later when the grubs were much bigger.

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Mullein Moth caterpillar (Shargacucullia verbasci) on what was left of a Mullein flower spike

IMG_2386 (2)Meadow Brown (640x417)

A Meadow Brown butterfly (Maniola jurtina). Wonderful camouflage!

IMG_2387Fly on Amelanchier (2) (640x429)

A fly on the Amelanchier tree. I cannot identify this one properly though it looks a little like Empis digramma, a fly which hunts other flies in long grass and other lush vegetation and spears them with its proboscis.

IMG_2404Adult and fledgling Green Woodpeckers (2) (640x411)

I took this photo of the Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) and its 2 fledglings this evening. The adult was trying to teach its young how to find ant’s eggs.

This last photo wasn’t taken in my garden but in the grounds of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where I had to go for a check-up on the day before we went on holiday.  I didn’t know what else to do with it!

IMG_4929Lady's Bedstraw (480x640)

Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum)

Thank’s for visiting!