Monday, September 11, 2017

11/09/2017 Busy in the kitchen ! A few garden shots.

Maximum temperature 19C, minimum 13C. 16 km/h NW wind with 41 km/h gusts. 4mm of rain overnight.  More rain forecast for the rest of the week.
Rosemary beetle.

Small white (Pieris rapae) on the lavender.


As above.

Caterpillar of the small white butterfly on the radish leaves!!

As above

Bombylius species also on the lavender.

As above.

Speckled Wood.

The first flower on the Christmas cactus.

Figs.

Quince jam...

Quince jelly.  This is the darkest I have ever made it - very concentrated but tastes great.


If you are interested Part 3 of our holiday in South Africa is up and running on my other blog.


23 comments:

  1. Hello Diane , Your garden is a wealth of Nature , as always. Super photos , sorry I have not been over for a while. How great that you got your "first flower" on your Christmas Cactus :-) Take care and love to you and Nigel xox

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    1. Thanks Anne we are lucky that we have so much small wild life around, it makes photos easy but with winter approaching the insect mainly vanish:-( Take care and look after yourself. Diane and Nigel x

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  2. Hi Diane, your macros are always very sharp and clear. Love looking at all the detail you capture, thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks Denise, the macros are not always easy and I throw away a lot to get one good one :-))) Take care Diane

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  3. You've really captured the colours in that rosemary beetle and they stand out even more on the matt leaf. The second photo though, is just stunning - a delicate "fairy" on the lavender - could be an illustration for a children's book. Beautiful.

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    1. The rosemary beetle is the prettiest we have in the garden it is sad that they are a pest :-(( Soon the lavender and the butterflies will be over until next spring the finding photos gets much more difficult! Thanks as always for your kind comments, cheers Diane

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  4. Those figs look so delicious it makes me want to rush out and buy some!

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    1. Bet bought ones will not taste like those straight off the tree LOL Cheers Diane

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  5. Great photos, Diane. I love especially the beautiful green caterpillar and the flower of the Christmas cactus. Enjoy your jellies!!! Kisses!

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    1. The green caterpillars are eating everything in sight. They make for good photos but they are doing a lot of damage!!! Take care Diane

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  6. I have to ask....do you know the names to all these bugs or do you look them up? Always, amazing shots. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Pam the regular bugs I know but I often have to look up ones that are occasional or rare. Have a good day. Diane

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  7. Love your jams and jellies, Diane, and the flowers and insects are beautiful!

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    1. Wish I could send you a couple of jars but it would be too expensive. I sent one jar to a friend in Paris and post was almost 10€ ridiculous!!! Take care Diane

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  8. What magic to see a butterfly evolve, I never tire of that miracle.🐝🐝 Have a wonderful week.😀

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    1. All insects have interesting life cycles, thanks for the comment and you have a great week as well.Diane

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  9. Hi Diane. You take great photos of the critters in your garden. This morning I just plucked my 2nd fig from my small fig plant! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Our trees are quite big but as they were hit by the frost earlier this year the crop is smaller than usual. I am hoping that I can get enough to dehydrate a batch. Enjoy your fig :-) Diane

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  10. Your macros are always such a pleasure to see Diane, loved the autumn daffs from last post ✨

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    1. Those autumn flowers spread like mad, a friend gave me a few some years ago and now I have masses of them. I don't mind though they are gorgeous at this time of the year. Have a good day cheers Diane

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  11. All of these macros are exceptional. Looks like you've been busy.

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    1. Yes a busy time ahead, the quince tree is heavy with fruit!! Thanks Gaelyn and have a good day. Diane

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  12. Lovely photos again. The lavender flower is stunning. You are being a busy bee yourself making all those preserves. take care Kim

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