STILL THE BUTTERFLIES and other end of summer stuff in the garden




Bird feeder and trellis ready with a coat of ‘green’ wood preserver.


And with a kind friend cutting the hedges, which were overdue to be cut all summer, there is plenty of trimmings to be shredded and put on the shredding compost heap, great for mulching next year.  We bought a cheap enough shredder in Lidl last year and find it very useful.


Tucked away behind the compost bin I found these toadstools, Wow….is autumn really almost here!


Blackberries also found totally at the back of the garden, not many of them, but enough to have a mouthful. 

It is just so delightful to discover all sorts of plants and creatures in the garden, it’s amazing what can be found over the seasons in a small plot.  Always enjoying the diversity of nature.




What an amazing day it was, so beautiful, mellow sun rays eventually filtered through the lazy late summer leafs in the garden. I collected some more produce, some for adding to the deepfreeze, and some for using now and in the week to come. While doing this I discovered two exciting things, one a creature – or three, and the other some well hidden little Cyclamen. I was delighted, the creatures were caterpillars that I found on the tomato plants. I took many pictures, beautiful creatures, I’ve always been interested in them, and in what they become. All right they ate into some of the tomatoes.


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Caterpillar Art!

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So, yes, magnificent creatures, one wonders what they will become but I have set them free again so I won’t find out unless perhaps I google it later.

And some of the produce today as we are coming to the end of the growing season for the moment.

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It’s all about harvesting at the moment, and about collecting seeds before there comes too much rain.

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Poppy seeds, and the seeds of the Hypericum, though it is not the perforated one which I would be able to use to make the oil that has medicinal properties..


And of course saving seeds from the produce we like, so that next spring they can be used.


And finally the Hidden Jewels




We get quite a lot of Rooks here, these are from the Crow family, they come and clean any left overs we leave behind for them on the grass.  At least a dozen of them at the same time, but in summer we don’t see them so often, though if you put some bread out they come quickly enough.  I see the adults still feeding their young when they are quite big.  We have one that we call Charlie, he makes an awful lot of noise and always sits on the same fence.  They are very intelligent creatures and interact with each other a lot.  They are useful birds to have around as they always clean up any bread or seeds left behind by the smaller birds.  After not using the chimney for several years, we had to get a chimney sweep who had a big job as the whole chimney was full of branches from their nests.


The blackbird singing high up in the tree.


Jackdaws also frequent the garden everyday, they manage to get nuts from the feeder even when they are not meant to get them, they use their feet to hold on to the feeder and then peck away on the nuts.


Another bird in the garden here is the Collared Dove, they are beautiful, especially when they are starting to fly or they land and their tail is fanned out.  One Christmas a few years ago two of them arrived in the garden, and last winter there were three couples, in spring they put on quite a romantic display.



This beautiful sunny morning a small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Aglais urticae) was drinking the nectar from deep blue flowers in the garden, it was a lovely sight, it patiently sat until I had made about 20 photos of it.


Intricate details of same Tortoiseshell.


Apparently it’s main food is Nettles, and it is around between March and October, it is quite common around here but I have never quite seen a specimen with such fluorescent blue on it’s wings. It’s caterpillar is black, yellow and pale green underneath, and a bit hairy. And it is found all over Europe.