Macro Monday #34

Macro Monday #34

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I was out in the lane near to my new house photographing wild flowers in the hedgerow when I spotted a strange insect on the bindweed. This metallic green one flew in as I was about to take an image of the one feeding on the pollen. But once he had left I went back to the original reddish-green one.

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The Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) is also known as the thick-legged beetle although it is only males who have this trait. The thick-legged beetle is often known by other names including the swollen-thighed beetle and the false oil beetle and commonly found in the south of England. They prefer open structured flowers such as daisies, roses and cornflowers and obviously, bindweed.

garden photography: Shrewsbury flower show

garden photography: Shrewsbury flower show

August’s theme is Open Gardens, or a Flower Show

(This can be a local flower show in your village or town, a national show like Chelsea, Hampton Court etc. or maybe even a small garden open for charity or to the public several times a year)

Fruit Basket Competition:

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Annual fairs such as the Gooseberry and Carnation fairs, were introduced in the early eighteen hundreds. They were organised to attract country folk in to the town to sell their surplus produce, but often became scenes of debauchery and got out of hand. The Agricultural Society held its first show in 1875 with the band of the Coldstream Guards playing and the present Shropshire Horticultural Society was established in October the same year. Although flowers and horticulture are the main focus it has always been a family event with entertainment including military bands and show-jumping.

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Usually taking place mid-August, the two-day event attracts a lot of visitors. The 2016 ticket was £24 for one of the days, not cheap, but there is a lot to see and do.

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Several marquees are erected in the Quarry (park); the Quarry is for professional horticulturists; the Severn is where you’ll find vegetables, cut-flowers, bonsai, children’s classes, bee, honey and wine and the Dingle is home to floral arrangements.

Vegetable Basket Competition:

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There are also show gardens, school gardens, a craft marquee, farmers and artisans markets, trade stands and food stalls. Celebrity chefs, professional gardeners (this year it was Sarah Raven), bands and other entertainers are present. The show is open for 12 hours each day and ends with a magnificent fireworks display.

As well as admiring all the wonderful exhibits you can also buy plants and other items at the show, they even have a crèche where you can leave them and pick up later. Interesting ideas for your own garden can be discovered so take a notebook and camera with you. Be warned. It gets very busy. We went several years ago on a beautiful summer day and the crowds were enormous. We actually sat and watched the show-jumping as we desperately needed a rest!

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules🙂

  • Create your own post and title it August: Flower Show / Open Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

This is the last week for the Open Garden / Flower show theme so if you have some photos to post then get them in quickly. Thank you to everyone who has participated this month, either by linking your own lovely posts, or through comments and likes. I do appreciate you stopping by. Next month is Flower Portrait where I’d like you to showcase one single bloom of your favourite or most unusual plant and please tell me why you are attracted to it. I will be travelling much of this month so may not get to visit your posts until the end of the month, but please don’t let that stop you from joining in. My posts will be scheduled and I shall do my best to keep in touch.

Macro Monday #33

Macro Monday #33

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White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a pretty little wild flower with tiny,  fragrant, white to rose, five petal flowers, forming flat-topped clusters. The foliage is equally pretty and delicate with long fern-like leaves.

Also known as: Common yarrow / nosebleed plant / old man’s pepper / devil’s nettle / sanguinary / milfoil / soldier’s woundwort / thousand-leaf / and thousand-seal and used historically to staunch blood from wounds as well as being used in many herbal remedies. The English name yarrow comes from the Saxon (Old English) word gearwe.

It attracts predatory wasps, ladybirds and hoverflies.

garden photography: wildlife garden

garden photography: wildlife garden

August’s theme is Open Gardens, or a Flower Show

(This can be a local flower show in your village or town, a national show like Chelsea, Hampton Court etc. or maybe even a small garden open for charity or to the public several times a year)

Other gardens open for charity too, the Wildlife Trust in Cornwall have several venues that raise funds for the Cornish Wildlife Trust. I was able to visit Trevoole Farm in June.

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This is my kind of garden: old buildings with ancient stone, lichens, moss, peeling paintwork, faded wood, rusting wrought-iron work, corrugated iron roofs. Comfortable and unpretentious.

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The Victorian greenhouse has wide reclaimed boards, a chintzy sofa and pews from a church as well as potting benches, terracotta pots, succulents, tomatoes and an impressive grape-vine. I could have moved in.

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And lots of seating spots around, in sunshine or shade. Outside the summer-house or suspended between trees.

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Pathways lead through tunnels of rambling roses to the potager and herb garden, or to a courtyard in which rusted shelving, old ladders and a disused AGA are put to use for the growing of herbs and vegetables.

At the rear of the courtyard is a shady area dripping with fuchsias and an overgrown porch.

And a track through the bog garden leads into the patchwork potager where an abandoned Morris Minor attracts a lot of attention, and where bees buzz happily among the borage and marigolds, nasturtiums and sweet-peas.

I took a lot of ideas away from this garden, not least which plants to grow to attract the pollinators. I have already planted the borage, nasturtiums, sweet peas and penstemons.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules🙂

  • Create your own post and title it August: Flower Show / Open Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

Friday Fountain Challenge: August

Friday Fountain Challenge: August

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This week’s entry is a bit of a cheat as it actually IS an artistic fountain – a Trompe-l’œil from the Hidcote garden in Gloucestershire where you can also see a ‘proper’ fountain.

If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month she is looking for artistic fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.