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. 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


  1. Gorgeous moth shots - your bee in the early shots is an interesting looking species too.

    1. Hi Simon, I believe this is a female anthophora plumpies bee, fits the feeding time and their favourite flower is lungwort (pulmonaria), so I'm sure I got this ID correct. We get lots of them down here. I was delighted to get that moth-used my best camera, took lots of photos and only got these three that could be used!

    2. I agree, its a female Hairy Footed Flower Bee (A.plumipes), they love pulmonaria.

  2. Fabulous post, so happy to see you pop up on my reader !
    You garden is lovely so lovely. Plus you know how much I love Percy with the black tail. He is gorgeous.
    boo is very sweet.
    I love your new yard.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Many thanks Parsnip. Percy is lovely but sheds all that white fur continuously-it's so thick which is what makes him so cuddly. Very pleased with how the garden is coming on, so glad to hear you like it too.

  3. Gorgeous floral photos

    Julie xxxxxx

    1. Thanks Julie, the garden is a beautiful place in May with everything growing so well, getting lots of insects and birds now.

  4. Beautiful pictures! You have a lovely blog...
    Have a great weekend now!

  5. Nice to see a post from you. Great to see the humming bird hawk moth. I've not seen one yet this year. Love the house and garden- it all looks lovely x


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