In a vase on Monday – Dark and moody

I didn’t think I was going to be able to participate in Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s meme this week as I am not at home; however the lovely friend I’m staying with allowed me to pick some flowers from her beautiful garden in North Devon.

It was a pleasure to be able to use some different foliage and flowers. 

It is decidedly autumn with lovely dark Asters. Behind you can see my friends garden


It is very windy today so being inside admiring the garden from behind glass is a lovely thing to do. 

I’ve used my iPad for this post and I’m not familiar with this method so please forgive the lack of tags and the link to Cathy. 

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Perfect poisons for pollinators – available from your local garden centre

Perfect poisons for pollinators – available from your local garden centre

I wrote about this last year when I first read the report. It is very sad that the RHS hasn’t done more to be sure that their ‘Pollinator Friendly’ label isn’t being used on plants that are probably lethal to bees

Philip Strange Science and Nature Writing

We try to make our garden welcoming for bees by growing flowers that provide pollen and nectar throughout the season. We also have some unkempt areas they might want to nest in and we don’t use any pesticides. I enjoy watching the bees foraging on the flowers as they come in to bloom and currently a large cotoneaster bush is full of small bumblebees buzzing loudly as they feed in the sunshine. It’s been very exciting this year to see bumblebees and solitary bees nesting in the dry-stone walls around the garden.

When we need new plants or compost, there is one local garden centre we use. It has a good range of healthy-looking plants and a very nice tearoom! In early spring, it’s also an excellent place to watch one of my favourite bees, the hairy-footed flower bee (Anthophora plumipes), whizzing about in the greenhouses full of flowers…

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Happy Women’s Day

A very Happy Women’s Day to all my female readers.  It is quite a big celebration day in Italy with many women going out to dinner in groups or to a film or for aperitivi.

Mimosa is the usual flower associated with the day.

Here are some pretty flowers to light your day.

Mimosa in a vase

This is the mimosa I showed you before, it only lasted about 5 days in the vase.

Hyacinth ‘Sylphide’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokka’

Crocus

Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’

Have a lovely day