Monday, 5 July 2010

In The Summertime, When The Weather Is Fine

Across A Section Of The Back Garden

The month of June went by in a whirl of activity. We had wall-to-wall sunshine which meant we were able to sit out in our back garden with family and friends. Some came to stay; others for lunch, Afternoon Tea or dinner; and with some we went on holiday.

Annuals in Pots

This meant that I did not have time to visit my friends in Blogland...but, I shall do so this month. Normally, our really beautiful weather last for only a few days...but, this Summer, we have had weeks of sunny weather, which has made all the difference to the garden.

Underside of an Orange tip Butterfly

We have had early visits from butterflies and insects, hoverflies and interesting hawk moths. There has never been such abundant blossom on our honeysuckles and the plants, in general, have flowered earlier too.


Dotted around the garden are stately Angelicas which have reached phenomenal heights. I am surprised they have not needed staking. From one tiny seed comes so much joy, both in the foliage as well as the globular seed-heads. They are particularly good for children to grow, as is the Teasel, because both grow to maturity quickly.

Mixed Foliage In The Front Garden

The bench in this photo faces the front of our house and gets the sun all day, so Taz, the Barn Cat, often snoozes there. It also affords privacy, so anyone passing along the road is unseen. As it faces one of our ponds we can sit for hours watching birds and insects bathing and drinking.

Bumble Bee On Cirsium Thistles

This Cirsium has grown to an amazing height of seven feet this Summer. The bees and insects adore the sustenance they get and we love their humming chorus. As, in previous months, I have tried to capture as much of the changes in the garden as I can through the video mode of my camera.

Taz, The Barn Cat

Our pets always seem to me to be in a permanent state of bliss. Nothing much phases them. Taz has dreamed away the hot sunny days, lazing in all the sheltered spots around the garden. On the sticky days he knew where the coolest places were too.

Papaver Orientalis, Red Oriental Poppies

Our Oriental Poppies bloom for six weeks from the beginning of, they are just going over now. For those who are not familiar with the garden, the main colour-scheme follows the cooler part of the spectrum with some white and yellow. But, the vibrant reds and oranges, and the cooler pinks and whites of the Oriental poppies brighten up the subtle hues of the rest of the year.

Papaver Orientalis Curlylocks

It's exciting to watch the garden come alive, day by day, with the dinner-plate sized heads, the enormous inky-black anthers and the large green seedpods of these poppies. Bees bury themselves in the anthers, too.

Papaver Orientalis Dawn Pink

This species is a new acquisition for the garden. Little spotted insects seemed to enjoy being in its head. I liked the pink markings, as opposed to the black, and the subtlety of the shade of pink. The first video is called Poppymania and the music I used for accompaniment is Pachelbel's Canon.

Papaver Orientalis Dusky Pink

You can also see some of my annual poppies on the video. The second video is called June Melody At Barleycorn and the music which accompanies it is Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

Happy viewing...and I'll be visiting soon.


Cheryl said...

Dear Wildlife Gardener.....your gardens are a joy to the eye and the soul.
I am so pleased that the sun is shining on you and that you have been able to enjoy this time with friends and family. Temperatures have reached 29C here which I must confess is too hot for this lady.

The image of the angelica could have been taken in my garden, like you, I am amazed they have not needed staking.

Taz is such a pretty cat......his markings are quite lovely....

Happy summertime to you wildlife gardener...

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Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Wildie! Everything looks so wonderful in your garden, the poppies, Taz, everything. Glad you are having a nice summer, enjoy it! We understand.

Rebecca said...

ALL so lovely - but those dusky pink poppies are most beautiful to me!

Babara said...

What a splendour your garden shows!!! Just beautiful! I liked to watch the videos with the so matching music. Here the daylilies have started to bloom too but they are by far not in such amount as you have them. It must be a real pleasure to sit on the bench in front of your house and have a rest (if Tazz doesn't mind!).
Summer greetings,

Juliet said...

I love the red poppies with the light shining through them. Ours came out at exactly the wrong time this year, and were flattened by the rain.

Great to see all the bees in your garden too.

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

You have the most beautiful flowers in your garden. My vegetable garden has been invaded by bunnies, so I plan to turn it into a wildflower/cut flower garden. I paint as well, so I'm hoping to grow some great subject matter for next year. Keep growing!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Your summer sounds very busy. I hope you are enjoying it to the fullest--it certainly looks like Taz is. You are right, he looks absolutely blissful.

I love the sea of lilies. It always makes me think of the passage from Matthew: Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

What amazing color you have in your gardens. If I were a bee in your garden, I would think I was heaven!

linda may said...

Beautiful beautiful. Love the videos too.

Sandy said...

beautiful photos!

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Summertime is a good time to explore the beauty of nature. Such a beautiful photography and flowers exhibited by mother nature.