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My small suburban garden…

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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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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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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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