Monday, 4 June 2007


What fabulous weather we had this weekend....the heavy rain and cold nights of last week seem a distant memory now...and the sunsets have been glorious! The bees have been busy and are loving the foxgloves
and the dragonflies and damselflies have been whizzing around like mini helicopters...some even sitting long enough for me to take a photo!

And love was definitely in the air for this pair...they actually landed on my teashirt...I felt a bit voyeuristic as I grabbed my camera!
No digital enhancements on this photo...Lesley Joseph really is this vibrant!

The newts are still around...I'm seeing them on land a little more now...
and the Lantana are really enjoying the sunshine...they are still such small plants...can you imagine how spectacular these will look as they grow into a small bush... I also have a yellow one and a pink one..will get some photos when they come into flower.........
I love the way the seed heads of the Allium bulgaricum point to the sky...only a few weeks ago they were like little bells hanging down....
The colour of the Acer Dissectum is at its best at the moment.................

You'd be forgiven thinking there had been a wedding outside the front door; the flower petals are dropping quickly from the tree outside........this is now so tall and so close to our houses...I wish the Council would take a look at it as it could do serious damage to property if it came down in a strong wind....branches are always falling off and hitting the cars below and the noise the Crows make in the morning!

A quick update on the Great Pip Challenge; avocado, lychee and oranges all doing well...not growing much but healthy
Yes I certainly think Summer is on it's way at last...I HOPE I've not spoken to soon!


Mousie said...

my sweet Ruth, thank you for not forgetting was a bit difficult the last few weeks, so I hibernated in my small hole...back play with the dragon-flies, the birds and the flowers of your garden...lucky you to have sunshine!!!!
coming back for tea time!!!!
love from Mousie

Akelamalu said...

Lovely photos Ruth, I especially like the ones of the dragonflies! We have lovely weather here too and the forecast is good for the rest of the week - yipee!

A wildlife gardener said...

I love your damsels, dragonfly, newt and bumble bee in your garden, Ruth. great photos of them. Your Lesley Joseph rose is many blooms!

A wildlife gardener said...

Still catching up with your previous posts...I love your Geoff hamilton rose, and the one called Open Arms is how I think of you, Ruth. i think the one before Schoolgirl, the pinky-violet coloured one looks similar to Veilchenblau. Does that name ring a bell?

Jeanette said...

Dear Ruth. great photo's of the insect life in your garden, and that rose is stunning. Take care

RUTH said...

Glad you all like the garden and it's wildlife. I did a google and the rose does look like a says it a climber though...oops may have to move it at some point.

Jean said...

Great pictures! I love the dragon fly amd the rose is absolutely beautiful!

chigiy said...

Your garden is alive with all sorts of creatures. I love this time of Year. Your roses are gorgeous.

UKBob said...

Oh Ruth you shouldn't go saying things like that about summer :0

My boss was saying the other day that bees are becoming scarce of late. I was tempted to say that if he was that worried perhaps he should put a stop to the estate farm spraying everything for miles around, I didn't have the nerve though.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Lovely pics Ruth. I tried to take some pics of the dragonflies but so far no luck. Love that pic of the newt!

It's good to hear that you have good weather too!

Nicole said...

Hi Ruth! Beautiful photos as always! I just wanted to tell you that I am now able to enjoy your blog even more. I've switched browsers and can finally see your blog properly. I was having trouble in Safari but switched to Firefox and I can see the writing now without doing stupid tricks to make it visible!

Poetry said...

12 JUne 2007

A silver sky

ripe for the mirror.

you can not see yourself in this mirror

you can only see others

moreover, you can only see what others choose to expose.

Their houses, their boats, their sea-doos.

Birds skimming low over the water could

like as not

see them selves if they were to look down

as they skim low over the water

but they never do.

Rather they allow their reflections to chase them

quick and sharp over the still, glistening waters

while the bird's mind remains ever fixed on

food, or other birds, or escaping those damn noisy humans.

A dense forest impenetrable as a gaze.




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