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ALL THE PRETTY THINGS . . . .

Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum on Cotoneaster Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Buddleia
Clematis Montana 'Marjorie' flower Blue Iris Honeybee on Bachelor's Button Cornflower Centaurea montana

Blue Iris

From the Greek word for rainbow, irises are amongst the most elegant of flowers.

Horsetails Equisetum arvense
Campsis Trumpet Creeper flower
Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Buddleia
Clematis Montana Marjorie Sea Pink, Thrift, at Borth, Cardiganshire
Himalayan Blue Poppy Meconopsis baileyi Campsis Trumpet Creeper flower
Bluebell and Fern Sea Pink, Thrift
Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Buddleia Campsis Trumpet Creeper flower Forgotten Ways The Path English Bluebell

Clematis Montana 'Marjorie'

Introduced in 1980, 'Marjorie' was the first of the semi-double montana clematis. The flowers are a beautiful creamy pink, but, surprisingly, can turn green in cold weather.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly

The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae), is common in Britain and often seen feeding on Buddleja. Its larger counterpart, though officially extinct in the UK, does occur.

The Early Bumblebee

The Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), or Early Nesting Bumblebee. This female is feeding on Cotoneaster. They also love to forage on daisies, white clover and lavender.

Honeybee Pollinating Cornflower

Apis mellifera, the honeybee, pollinating a perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana), or Bachelor's Button. The flower, though not native to Britain, can be found in the wild.

The Beautiful Butterfly

The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is in decline in parts of Britain. A parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, lays its eggs on its favourite food plants and they are then eaten by this beauty.

Land of The Giants

Horsetail (Equisetum sp.), is related to large plants that grew 270 million years ago.

Campsis In Bloom

The beautiful blossom of Campsis, or Trumpet Creeper, a woody perennial climber that can climb to 40 feet. Here, it is seen flowering in the sunshine of Southern France.

Sitting Pretty

Normally seen from the end of March, but even December UK sightings do occur.

Montana Marjorie In Bloom

Clematis are considered by many as difficult to cultivate. But given plenty of sunlight, a sheltered location, good support and moist, shaded rooting, they reward handsomly.

Borth's Hidden Gems

Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima), growing on the rocks near the pretty little Welsh seaside town of Borth. Also known as Sea Pink, this lovely flower thrives in salty environments.

Himalayan Blue

The beautiful poppy, Meconopsis baileyi, originates in the cold mountains of SE Tibet.

Elegant Campsis

Insects, but also birds such as orioles and humming birds, feed on the flower's nectar.

The Beautiful Forest

Sea Pink, or Thrift, is the 'county flower' of the Isles of Scilly and thrives in salty, windswept environments. It's perfect for gravel and rock gardens and insects love it !

Button Hole Beauty

A pretty old fashioned perennial, with its pink flowers and silvery leaves, Dianthus 'Pink', is a favourite amongst those wanting to create the quintessential English cottage garden.

Bluebell And Fern

A close-up glimpse of our Welsh woodland habitat. Beauty comes in small packages.

A Golden Summer

France has five climactic zones. The long hot summers of Dordogne and its  microclimate, on average seven degrees warmer than UK, are ideal for stunning climbers like Campsis.

The Path

Sometimes, in some places, some 'things' are best NOT left to the vivid imagination.

Forgotten Ways

Two Roads. I took the one less traveled by. . . . And that has made all the difference.

A Very English Bluebell

The spectacular carpeted displays of English bluebells of British woodlands are only seen in northern Europe. Th UK hosts more than half of the world's population of bluebells.

Dianthus Pink, an old fashioned cottage garden perennial

Handel

Some scented and some not, roses are often used as cut flowers and in the making of perfume. The petals are distilled to make oil, or attar. Rose water is also made in this way.

The Dandelion

All parts of the dandelion are useful and In the 1800s people would replace grass in their plots to make room for dandelions. The name dandelion is from the French, “dent-de-lion”.

Handel Rose Dandelion

Bellflower Blue

Campanulas (here C. persicifolia), are delicate, pretty perennials, often favoured by keen cottage gardeners. Also known as Harebell or Bellflower, its name is from Latin, 'little bell'.

Teasel Cottage

Teasel seeds are a valuable winter food resource for Goldfinch and many other birds.

Hanging On For Life

Male bumblebees are adept at clinging to flowers. Even upside down. To help facilitate this, tibia of its hind legs are convex, whereas those of female bumblebees are concave.

Bluebell Wood

A rich carpet of English bluebells brings back memories of spring ... and woodland walks.

The Boathouse

Located near the village of Lamberhurst in the valley of the river Bewl in Kent, England, the old, decaying, lakeside boathouse of the Scotney Castle estate, has seen better days.

Campanula White

Campanulas vary in size, shape, and plant form, but are usually various shades of blue, lavender, and white. They bloom from late spring into throughout summer.

Campanula Blue

Campanulas thrive in moist, well-drained, soils and dead-heading extends the flowering period. It's said beekeepers use Canterbury Bells for making potently sweet honey.

Lotus Seed Head

Lotus seeds are valued for their nutritional and healing properties in Chinese medicine.

Scents Of Summer

Beyond this French cottage garden, a pebble stone courtyard, an old stone country home, crochet laced windows, blue watering cans, provence cloth, pressed glass, wire baskets.

Honeysuckle Rose

The sweet scent of honeysuckle attracts moths which feed on the flowers at night.

A Welsh Bluebell Woodland Teasel, Loved by Goldfinches The Old Boathouse in the Grounds of Beautiful Scotney Castle, Kent Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia. The Harebell Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia. The Harebell Scents Of Summer GPweb WM 12x10 Sweet Honeysuckle GPweb WM 10x12

Blue

The common name of harebell alludes to folk beliefs that it grew in places frequented by hares, or that witches used juices squeezed from the flower to turn themselves into hares.

White

Plant Campanula if you'd like to attract bees, butterflies and birds to your garden. Its self-fertile hermaphrodite flowers are pollinated by bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies.

Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia. The Harebell Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia. The Harebell

St Cyprien

Concours des villes et villages fleuris began in 1959, rewarding town 'green space' creation.

Sea Pink

A pretty old fashioned perennial, with its pink flowers and silvery leaves, Dianthus 'Pink', is a favourite amongst those wanting to create the quintessential English cottage garden.

Male Bumblebee Lotus Head GPweb WM 10x12

Forget-Me-Not

Known scientifically as Myosotis, their name comes from the Greek word 'mus', for mouse and 'otis', for ears, the latter referring to the leaves that are shaped like little mouse ears.

Edge Of Bluebell Wood

Deer are not known to forage for bluebells, but, with the native English bluebell now under severe threat from its invasive Spanish relative, it pays to enclose precious habitats.

At The Edge Of Bluebell Wood, Parc Dinefwr Forget-Me-Not, Myosotis

La Petite Maison Française

In France, the beautiful, informal rambling gardens that we normally refer to as 'cottage gardens', are usually called 'jardin de cure' (priests garden) or the 'grandmothers garden.

Bellissimi

Native bluebells thrive in woodland shade, in moist substrates, rich in organic matter.

Red Clover

In the middle ages red clover was worn as a charm to ward off evil spirits and witches.

Teasel in an Untypical French 'Cottage Garden' Red Clover, Guardian Against Evil Spirits Wild English Bluebells

Hunter's Moon

Fields have been reaped and deer are fat and ready for eating. So called because hunters can ride easily over the fields' stubble, where foxes and other animals are easily spotted.

The Woods

Swarthes of bluebell haze in a dappled shade wood. Typical of early summer in Britain.

Signs Of Springtime

In springtime, swathes of bluebells carpet the ground beneath awakening beech trees. Such woodlands are ideal for walkers wishing to stroll beneath the sun dappled canopies.

A Dappled Canopy Of Beech Leaves Heralds In Springtime In Wales An October Hunter's Moon Bluebell Woodland, Parc Dinefwr, Llandeilo
Sea Pink, Thrift, Growing Wild on the Shores of Borth, West Wales Concours des Villes, St Cyprien Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia. The Harebell

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The Gatehouse

 

Corn Marigold

 

Golden Flower

 

Arrows and Stars

 

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Love-In-A-Mist Macro Beauty

Love-In-A-Mist in Macro

Love-In-A-Mist 'Serpents'

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Love And Lavender

The Bee

Rare Purple Orchid

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Through A Gateway

A Secret Garden

Walk With Me

Beeches Of Bronze

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A Balance Of Nature

Just Berries

Harvest Time

Nature's Little Miracles

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The Insect

Bowed

Illusions

Covered In Chocolate

Purple And Gold

Aquilegia Pink

Dusty Blues

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Crossing Over

Gold

Fragile

The Kiss

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Autumn Leaf

Dark Anemone

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Ivy

Orange Dazzle

Bee On Globe Thistle

Pink Anemone

Alligator Or Plant ?

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Scarlet Runner

A Purple Bouquet

The Broken Heart

Pink Carnation

Umbrellas For Fairies

A Fairy's Grotto

A Table For Elves

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Bishop Of Llandaff

Bishop Of Llandaff is a dahlia, which is short-in height and looks stunning in displays.

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Now You See Me

The Little Parasol

The Web

Lightning Oak

 

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Red Poppies

Blue Geraniums

Moonlit Poppies

A Splash Of Purple

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Bluebell Path

All The Pinks

Chives

Bluebell Island, Skomer

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Wild Poppies

Welsh Poppy

Poppy Breeze 1

Poppy Breeze 2

Dancing Daisies

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