I am having a “computer-lite” spell at present, only checking e-mail and researching some of my animal findings-hence the quietness of the rosy garden. In fact the garden itself is far from quiet and I have been taking advantage of a spell of weather that truly constitutes summer by being in the garden as much as possible.
As a result, I have seen some amazing things, as well as enjoying the edible fruits of my labours in the form of an abundance of fresh strawberries, so prolific there is strawberry water-ice, ice cream and jam already made and in store, as well as daily helpings of fresh fruit. There are broad beans, potatoes, bags of mixed salad leaves and the very first peas-but the latter are being held back by a lack of water. Japanese onions are almost ready, as is the garlic, and raspberries and red currants are ripening too.
Away from home we have walked in glorious countryside-here are distant views of Wales from last weekend’s walk on the Gloucester Edge ; found wild orchids in abundance on hill sides and water meadows; walked through fields of barley amongst feeding swallows; photographed wildflowers and insects on long, perfect summer days. In short, experienced summer first hand.
I have continued to wander the garden with camera in hand and have captured the secret lives of many of the little things living here. Yesterday I managed a couple of pictures of a dragonfly “scarce in Britain and (is) consequently listed under category 3 (scarce) in the British Red Data Book on Insects.* A perfect find for National Insect week-see the link in the sidebar.
It is the Scarce Chaser, a big, bold dragonfly I was able to photograph resting on the canes supporting the tomato plants. I so wanted to get closer-but I also wanted to get the shot and not frighten it away. The species is restricted to 6 main areas of the UK, including the Wiltshire/Somerset border, so I guess I just got lucky.
This is the third species of dragonfly in the garden this summer-none of them near the pond, and I continue to be amazed at the number of different species that are using the garden.
What amazing things are happening in your part of the world?