Saturday, July 20, 2019

20/07/2019 Around the garden and out for a drive.

Maximum temperature today 28C, minimum 16C.  4mm very welcome rain last night. 17km/h North-westerly winds with gusts up to 41 km/h.  

Peacock butterfly (Aglais io). Looking a little worn!

Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina).

Small White (Pieris rapae).

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum).

What I believe to be a honey bee taking a drink, loved the shadow.

Think this is one of the Social wasps taking a drink.

and I believe this to be a Potter wasp but I am not certain.

Climbing rose.

Out on the road - making hay while the sun shines.

The sunflowers seem extra good this year.  The bees seem happy.

The banks of the River Touvre which runs into the Charente River.

Looking across the weir.

Back home the hibiscus is in flower.

The mirabelle plums are looking good.

The moon on the night of 13 July.....

and the partial eclipse on the 16th

A collection from the garden yesterday.  Also 2kg of potatoes from 2 plants, still 48 plants to go and the longer I leave them the bigger they will get!


29 comments:

  1. It's a great series of pictures, Diane, from butterflies and other pollinators, to the wonderful yield from your garden. What on earth do yo do with all those potstoes?

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    1. David the potatoes store well and we only finished last years about a month ago so no problem. Have a good Sunday, Diane

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    2. Not that many over 12 months, we eat a lot of sweet potatoes though.

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  2. Your garden is doing good so far. The poor butterfly is heading to the last round-up. When they become so damaged they sort of wait to die.

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    1. Yes Emma I am pleased with the garden despite now having what is pretty much a drought. Many communes have tight water restrictions. It amazes me how some of the butterflies still stay on the wing despite being very damaged. Have a good day, Diane

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  3. Nice! Love the hummingbird hawk-moth. What a nice one.

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    1. Thanks Aritha, hope all is well with you and the family. Have a good Sunday. Diane

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  4. Nature is full of wonders. Is that flower split down the middle with different colors? Amazing!

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    1. Hi Sandi, all the roses on that climber are different colours. They range from white to dark pink and also multi coloured. Have a good day, Diane

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  5. Great bounty from the garden! The shadow was a great capture. The rose is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Marie, I only noticed the shadow after, now I am looking for them :-) Keep well Diane

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  6. I have been admiring that full moon from this side of the world also.

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    1. It is really bright here at the moment, almost like daylight outside at night. Cheers Diane

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  7. Awesome photos! The peacock butterfly seems to have received some nasty pecks from birds. I always feel happy seeing worn out butterflies. That displays their working defense mechanism.

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    1. Thank you Shiju, the butterflies are pretty resilient it seems. I saw a really chewed up swallowtail yesterday enjoying the lavender. Have a good week Diane

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  8. Such a great moon photo, Diane! All of your photo's are special like you. Love seeing the things you grow in the garden. Do I see rhubarb there? Have a blessed day!
    xoxo

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    1. Sally thank you for the very kind comment, much appreciated. Yes we have rhubarb in the garden, we both love it. Very expensive here to buy!! Keep well Diane xx

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  9. Hi Diane - I'm here now and I'll be over to follow your birds ... may only comment on one - but wonderful photos - particularly the one of the honey bee with its shadow and sip of water on its ? mandible ... great - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary, it is good to have you back, glad you enjoyed the the bugs in our garden, Just wish I had more time to watch them. Keep well Diane

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  10. I remember my first encounter with a Hummingbird moth was years ago when I had a moon vine growing up the side of my deck. Was out one evening at dusk and one flew over, thought it was a hummingbird at first only to learn later what it was. They are just like the birds...amazing. Great catch on the one you got and the other little critters.

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    1. Hi Pam, the Hummingbird hawk moths are fascinating to watch. I wish we had the birds here as well! I hope that you are managing to relax a bit, so much going on in your life. Take care Diane

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  11. I am always amazed my the resilience of butterflies and moths with tattered wings. Those sunflowers are spectacular and the river looks cool and inviting. Great moon and eclipse shots.

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    1. The moon shot does not compare with yours, but it was the best I could do. To add to the problem I had forgotten that I had put the camera back to factory settings and i could not think quickly enough!! The sunflowers are beautiful at the moment. Have a good week, Diane

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  12. Your garden is blessing you with abundant harvests. Beautiful butterflies and your climbing rose is a delight. Nice capture of the moon. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks Nancy I do love the garden but it is hard work and with high temperatures it is exhausting. If I try to work in the evening I always get bitten by bugs, despite covering myself with all the smells they are supposed to hate!
      Keep well Diane

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  13. Beautiful butterflies! Your garden is magical☺

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    1. Thanks Natalia, we love our garden 😉 Keep well Diane

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  14. Wow, that is hot! 🐛Thanks for sharing the beautiful butterlies.🌷

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