Friday, 19 May 2017

Spring Flowers and Humming-bird Hawk-moth

Beautiful apple blossom


 A stunning little apple tree I bought last year-tough and sturdy it withstands the easterly and westerly winds in the north facing front garden


Pulmonaria-looking great this year and giving the bees a valuable early food source. This was a little plant given to me by my friend Anne many years ago. I propagate it regularly and it's moved house many times.



Another favourite- Geum (unknown name) bought many years ago from Dove Cottage Nursery at a plant fair and another house mover. Sadly it doesn't attract many insects. However this has been the best year for it in many years as it usually gets mildew.



Looks lovely mixed into the garden as the flowers stand well above the leaves 


Frost is not a thing we see in Torbay very often but early in December we had a very hard frost and it produced a beautiful mist across the bay.


Percy was not impressed and decided to get comfortable in his snuggle bag.


Boo snoozing in the long warm spell of weather in April and probably the driest spring we've had for many years


A garden project-ugly wall


Transformed with the help of the front of an old beach hut they were clearing off site, a chainsaw and two strong men (husband and gardener friend Chris).


Decorating is finally finished, I love this wood panel effect wallpaper in the hall.


A quick catch up on the house and garden, and the first time I had a moment to myself , I should have posted this weeks ago.

Best of all I've had a humming-bird hawk-moth in the garden feeding on Centranthus ruber (red valerian). I was able to get quite close and see it feeding on the flowers.



Ta-dah...at last a photo in focus, very hard to do as it moves so quickly.


Only the third time in my life I've ever seen one.

Until next time
SeagullSuzie