Saturday, 23 January 2016

Nature Never Did Betray


'Nature never did betray the heart that loved her'  

This line was tweeted and I loved it.  It is from William Wordsworth poem 'Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey'  It is a lovely poem, what he says I am sure so many of us who love nature can identify with some of the lines in it.  I have posted the link to this poem, if you want to read it you may have to copy and paste the link:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/sites/default/RCOldSite/www/rchs/reader/tabbey.html

 River Tees, County Durham

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Those Rare Sunny Days


Hi everyone, have not been blogging for a while but hopefully that will change,  I would like to change my blog a little to include other things, ie my garden.  I am not quite sure whether to keep my title 'Far From the Madding Crowd' or change it, but I struggle to think of another.   

We went for a walk at Arne on one of those rare sunny days last Friday and today we went to Durlston Country Park.  I hope these dull, wet and windy days are now going to be fewer.  These pictures on this post were taken at Arne.



Sunday, 25 October 2015

Gardening for Wildlife

The garden is small but I try my best to make it wildlife friendly by having a small pond, a few trees and plenty of bee friendly plants.  These pictures I have posted are from my garden of this year.
 
This is a rambling rose called 'Pink Blush' a beautiful rose and the bees love it, especially the White-tailed bumblebee and the Buff-tailed bumblebee, they buzz, vibrating inside the flower to get the flower to release its pollen.
 


This is a Salvia called 'Sensation Deep Rose' the Common Carder bumblebee liked this one.  I bought this from a garden centre because I noticed the bees all over it.  I hope this one will survive the winter.


I have posted this picture before, it is the Dog Rose which the Tree bumblebees loved, they were nesting in our roof.

 
The Tree bumblebees did a good job of pollinating the Dog Rose, absolutly loaded with rose hips, well done to these bees which was first seen in Britain in 2001 and is very successful, it has spread from South of England to Wales and all the way up to Scotland.
 
 
Did not have many butterflies this year, I have four different buddleias which are attractive to butterflies, bees and moths.  Managed to capture this Comma on my purple buddleia.
 

The Green Veined White butterfly was a surprise, first time I have seen this butterfly in my garden.

 
Jewelled Beatle