Day and night

The weather has warmed up enough to invite friends to have appericena (more food than an aperitivo but not a formal dinner.  It has become a popular way of entertaining here; less work for the hostess and less calories in these days where everyone is trying to eat less. Continue reading

A vase from the hotel

Yesterday I visited Keukenhof, an amazing experience for someone like me who is passionate about tulips.

I’m going to try again to add a photo of the vases in the hotel lobby.

I don’t usually use my phone for posts so it will be with fingers crossed.

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. 

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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