Small is Beautiful…

(click to enlarge to full size – if you dare) The spider species Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver. It is a dangerous time in the garden, whilst cutting down or pulling out dead and finished flowers you run the gauntlet of coming face-to-face with one…

Macro Monday #95

(click to enlarge to full size) Rosa x oderata Mutabilis is an old tea rose with a light fragrance. She is repeat flowering and ideal for hedging and loved by bees. The pointed flame-coloured buds, open to butterfly-like, coppery-yellow, single flowers on airy growth; changing to pink and finally coppery-crimson. Requires a warm, protected position.

Macro Monday #94

Azure Damselflies (Coenagrion puella) ready to mate. Not as sharp as I wanted, but I do like the diaphanous wings.

Macro Monday #93

a bee with attitude With three yellow stripes and very hairy legs and face, I suspect this is a male bee. A very large one I can add, which landed slap in front of me as I was perusing the plants in the plant section at Trelissick Garden.  He neglected to tell me his name. But…

Macro Monday #92

(click to enlarge to full size) This pretty shrub was covered in flowers in early June (Bonython Garden) I think it is Halesia carolina (Snowdrop tree or Carolina Silverbell), but I don’t think I have seen one before. It is so pretty. Originating from south-eastern USA it is a hardy tall shrub/small tree. The spreading branches are…

Macro Monday #91

(click to enlarge to full size) “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us” ~ Iris Murdoch

the bees knees

One In Trelissick Garden near Truro, I came across a patch of these flowers Giant scabious (Cephalaria gigantea) which can grow to a whopping 2.5m so if you buy this plant then make sure it is at the back of the border. Two What drew my attention to them wasn’t the actual flower, pretty as it is,…

Garden Portrait: Le Jardin des Cinq Sens

The garden itself is inspired by the romantic settings of medieval mazes consisting of several intimate gardens with evocative names with an invitation to awake the senses: ‘Jardin du Goût’ (the Taste Garden), ‘Jardin de l’Odorat’ (the Scented Garden), ‘Cloître de plantes médicinales’ (the Cloister of Medicinal Plants), ‘Prairie Alpine’ (the Alpine Meadow), etc. It…

Macro Monday #89

(click to enlarge to full size) Alstroemeria are tuberous perennials originating from South America. Commonly known as Peruvian Lilies or lily of the Incas. Beautifully spotted and marked perennials  in a whole range of colours including bright reds and oranges they will flower between June and October.