Time has rushed by today and I have to get ready to go to a good friend’s birthday aperitivo. Of course this required a hand tied bouquet to take to her along with a sticky squidgy chocolate cake which was actually her recipe. Continue reading
On Thursday I showed a small butterfly that I saw while taking images for my post about the Slope on Thursday. From a quick look through my Collins Butterfly guide to Britain and Europe (why is it not just Europe, Britain is part of Europe isn’t it?) I had thought it was a Skipper. Continue reading
Mid-day is a time that, in summer, it is unlikely to find me in the garden as it would be too hot; so for a change today I photographed the slope at 12.30. The light is strong casting deep shadows so not that easy to achieve good images. Continue reading
Some flowers seem to go on and on – I’m not complaining they will be the plants I grow again next year but it does mean that at the moment my vases are tending to be variations on a theme of Dahlia Magenta Star. Continue reading
Monday and Tuesday were perfect autumn days; perfect gardening days too! Sunny, warm but not too hot it was a pleasure to be in the garden. Wednesday afternoon brought sheet lightening, thunder and lots of rain which continued intermittently overnight and into the early morning. There is a strong breeze too today making the drying leaves rustle on the trees.
I know that autumn is here even if I want to live in denial a little longer; I know because the days are becoming shorter but I know most because the shield bugs are coming into the house to find suitable hibernation sites, I carefully remove them, not daring to squash them because of the pungent, long-lasting odour they emit. I’m sure that during summer they don’t produce the odour so it seems to be a way of protecting themselves while they are hiding. Strangely I have the impression that very few survive the hibernation process as I find lots of darkly coloured ones dead. There are many kinds of shield bug (aptly called smelly ones in Italian), the type that come into the house are, I think, Piezodorus lituratus or gorse shield bug; the name obviously references the bad smell they emit. Continue reading