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Who Stole Summer…?

Apart from a few sunny days here and there, there’s really no evidence at all to suggest that summer actually arrived here this year. The majority of days have been gloomy and overcast, and my Small Suburban Garden has looked pretty much the same way. The floral extravaganza of wild flowers I was hoping for …

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That Don’t Impress Me Much…

Well actually, my small suburban garden doesn’t impress me at all this year! I can’t remember the last time I was so underwhelmed with the lack of floral displays and I can’t help but wonder if Mother Nature is to blame for the fact that I’ve only seen a couple of small white butterflies and …

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Looking Good…

The sun is shining and all appears to be going according to plan in my Small Suburban Garden. The wildflower seeds I scattered in planters and borders a few weeks ago are beginning to grow (although they’d stand a better chance if the local cats would stop digging them up) and the polyanthus have decided …

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Was That It?!…

We’re just a few hours away from September and I have to say I feel rather cheated out of a decent summer this year. Although there’s been several butterflies, numbers are down on previous years, and bees have been almost completely invisible. Apparently snails are thriving – or so it seems by the destruction of …

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Dragonfly Days…

I love hazy summer mornings lazing around in the garden. At the moment, the butterflies are still enjoying the buddleia, although bees remain conspicuous by their absence this year. I’ve just started to see a few Southern Hawker dragonflies making an appearance. The begonias are now almost all in flower and although the majority of …

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Hot & Sweaty…

The humidity seems to have drained all the energy from the garden, as well as me. Sweat seems to pour from my skin simply by sitting still and the plants look quite sorry for themselves, despite copious amounts of expensive tap water applied daily. I’d used a fair amount of Miracle Gro on the buddlias …

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Hot, Hot, Hot…

  It seems that today is scheduled to be the hottest day of the year so far, which is welcome news indeed after all the damp, grey days we’ve encountered so far. Disappointed with my planters, I threw the remains of the marigolds and Californian poppies into the compost bin and replaced them with dark …

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Boing, Boing, Boing…

That’s the sound of spring! Well, it is in my head anyway. It’s the warmest day of 2014 so far and it’s fabulous. The magnolia is in bloom, which always gladdens the heart, and I’ve seen more ladybirds in the space of ten minutes than I did in the whole of 2013. The mini daffs …

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Dull, Dull, Dull…

I’m not entirely sure what the weather forecasters meant by ‘Indian Summer’ but I suspect it involved rather bluer skies and substantially more sunshine that we have at the moment. There’s only been one or two butterflies on the buddliea for the past couple of weeks now, although there have been more bees. The lobelias …

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And Now, The End Is Near…

The weather forecasters kept telling us that Thursday 5th September would be a scorchingly hot and sunny day…. but on Friday we would see a drop of 10 degrees or more and rain! They’re using the ‘A’ word (autumn) and that’s NOT what I want to hear, obviously. I accept that the daily ritual of …

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Giant Chives…

Despite the fact that the nights seem to be drawing in quite fast now, daytimes have seen several gloriously sunny weather recently, which is very much appreciated. The small tortoiseshell butterflies are all over the buddleia, with the odd peacock, painted lady, white and comma occasionally visiting. However, the lack of red admirals is quite …

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Bizarre Butterfly Behaviour…

As I stepped outside this morning I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of several tortoiseshell butterflies appearing to be sunbathing on my paving slabs! Their wings were fully out and they just sat there. The weather is warm, and overcast with sunny spells, so I can only assume that they are actually …

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The Butterfly Bush…

There’s finally some interest in my buddleia! So far this week I’ve managed to see several small & large whites, some painted ladies, a couple of commas, a few tortoiseshells and lots of peacocks. No red admirals as yet but it’s early days. I also spotted a female southern hawker dragonfly on it, and am …

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Sunshine and Showers…

These past few days have been very dull and overcast, with the occasional thunder-storm thrown in for good measure! The temperature remains very humid and despite the rain all of my pots and planters need to be watered twice daily to prevent my fabulous wild flowers and geraniums/lobelias from wilting. The buddleia is finally in …

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn…

What a difference two weeks can make. A fortnight ago I was basking in glorious sunshine, watching an abundance of stunning butterflies flitting about the buddlia under clear blue skies. Today the sky is still blue but the temperatures have dropped to below 15 degrees, prompting me to dig out my thick socks and a …

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Lazy Days…

In our increasingly hectic and stressful lives, it’s al the more important to take the opportunity, when it arises, to simply enjoy a lazy late-summer / early-autumn day. This is exactly how I spent today; not weeding or pruning, not sweeping the paving slabs or painting the fence, but just sitting on a camping chair …

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You wait ages for one….

………then they all come at once! After the bone dry start to the spring which provoked a hosepipe ban, followed by rain, rain and more rain, I’d all but given up on seeing any butterflies this year. However, in the last fortnight I’ve had more Peacocks, Red Admirals and Tortoiseshells on my buddlia than I …

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Wet, Wet, Wet…

After spending two weeks in sunny Corfu I returned to find that the constant rain that the UK had been experiencing while I was topping up my tan had brought on my small suburban garden a treat! Before jetting off, there was no sign of geranium flowers, lavender or buddlia blooms and I’d assumed that …

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Water Butt-erflies…

While watching the numerous satyr comma butterflies and cabbage whites flitting about on the buddleia, I almost missed the fact that the water butt was also proving to be a popular resting place for my delicate and colourful garden visitors…

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Butterfly Bingo…

After seeing literally hundreds of Cabbage Whites, a few Red Admirals, a couple of Tortoiseshells (one which had to be rescued from indoors!), a male Holly Blue, a Hedge Brown (see pic) and a camera-shy brown & white something-or-other, I have yet to spot the Holy Grail …..a Peacock Butterfly…

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Any colour – as long as it’s white…!

I’ve been anticipating the arrival of an abundance of multi-coloured butterflies, descending upon my small suburban garden to enjoy my so-called ‘butterfly bush’, but after waiting for what seems like an eternity for my buddleia to finally bloom, the only butterflies actually interested in the fabulous purple flowers are plain old cabbage whites. Now, I …

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Dragonfly Days…

One of my most favourite things in the word are those lazy summer Sundays, where the rest of the world is having a lie-in and I’m able to enjoy the hazy morning sunshine in my small suburban garden in peace. Today is the last day of July, and the sun has finally come out, bringing …

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