19 July 2019 My #SixonSaturday

What a week! A mixed bag weather wise, we had the lot. Great for parched lands and waterways but not so great for my fav bees, moths and butterflies. Music fest well, drowned, frozen and battered but still you can’t dampen peoples excitement and positivity. Still rocking wild. 

Plants were shooting up, leaning sideways and still looking pretty and proud. Love the way tall plants dances with the wind like the verbena. The agapanthus nodding as it passes and the gladioli waving its leaf. Yes, very hypnotic. 

#SixonSaturday My #Sixon Saturday don’t you think  days zooms so quickly. I know it seems like we’re only talking about spring and #dahlialove and now you’re reading and seeing  lovely dahlia blooms in everyones tweets. Lovely flowers all round.

My #SixonSaturday would be some of my first #freeplants, old favourites. 

Hydrangea, my mum’s cutting from her garden. Proud of this one. It survived. Love it’s pinkness. 

Achillea Millefolium, another of my mum’s #freeplant like cotton candy 



Phlox , a friend’s present because she knows I am bee mad. 


Trailing Bellflower well my mother’s present for ground cover, resilient.

Never cared for this plant  only to water when it gets dry. Never ceases to give me joy. Amazing display always, mum’s connection. You can’t kill it.

star Jasmine for the moth. Smells of sweet vanilla. Love it. A friend’s present, another of Rae loves moth moments. 

Here they are, plants that have given me joy every summer. All #freeplants. Love it when relatives and friends are into plants and always there to give you the best possible gifts to enjoy your fascinations and  with so.much consideration about your flailings. #bees #moths #butterflies #notsogreenfinger

This coming week would be a much settled weather would be lovely to sit out and look for butterflies. Hope you’re participating in the big butterfly count. I am. 

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Have fun for now. 

Rae x

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13 July 2019 My #SixonSaturday

I always love summer and July is a fantastic month in my little patch as every plant seem to explode with flowers. It’s also a.month where I see a lot of my usual butterfly visitors like the white butterflies, comma and blue butterflies, and those who just want a flying visit. Joining  #Wildlife walks and visiting local residents gardens, outdoor concerts  are some activities I do enjoy this month. Quite relaxing I find. Nothing beats wonderful nature,  sunshine, music and good company to feel content and peaceful.

My #SixonSaturday I have a few plants, new to me, which I planted last spring and some of them are now flowering. I am always pleased to find new flowers adding to my little patch kaleidoscope of colours.

Dahlia  I was given 4 pretty  dahlias one summer and been told to protect it from frost which I thought I did. Kept it in the shed mind you. Obviously, it died on me. I have been buying dahlias every year since then. However, this time, I bought some tubers and see if it will grow in my watch. Planted it in April, well the frost came and went. Thought, I won’t see these plants again but here’s a first bloom. I am well pleased. Apologies for the bin πŸ˜€

Spider lily love the formation of this. 

 Calla lily? Love the colour of this one 

Echinacea for the butterflies, loads of buds happy with this.

Day Lily There are a row of these lilies planted years ago. This is the first time it flowered. I guess growing under a massive bush didn’t help. They’re getting the afternoon sun now. Think they’re sun loving plants. Well, still learning  😊

This one is really pretty. Doesn’t last long tho. 

Love these new colours. A few more to come. I planted a few dahlias, bought a mixed bag, freesias and gladioli in pots. They got healthy leaves so I am hoping I get to see their flowers soon. I think I planted too many in one container so let’s see.

A more milder weekend and this coming week. Hope you are all loving midsummer treats around you. Enjoy and have fun always.

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Until next Saturday 😊

Rae x

06 July 2019 My #SixonSaturday

What a lovely week it turned out to be. Weather was absolutely fantastic. I enjoyed tinkering in my little patch after a day’s work in the office however watering potted plants seem like forever. I didn’t enjoy that part. The problem with small garden I find is having to cram every space available with potted plants, staging, and when there’s a heatwave, well they’re the first ones to dry out so needs must.

The warm weather was also a treat to many #wildlife. I have a few visits from some #butterflies. #Bees #moths everywhere and I saw a lot of #ladybirds. I have been taking photos, like you do πŸ˜‰ and googling it to ID. Don’t you know we have 26 species of #ladybird in UK. Fantastic! All I thought was ladybirds have red and black spots. Ha! Little did I know. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

First weekend of July. Some schools have started their summer holidays and the rest in a week or two. Be a busy holiday season. Where to I wonder. Mind you, I love beach holidays. Nothing beats an early morning swim in the sea.

My #SixonSaturday, again will be a continuation of #wildflowers. Some grown from seeds and are happily reappearing for the past two years. Their first flower this season. Exciting. Used packet seeds that you can buy from.any garden centre.

Cornflower

Common Knapweed

Borage

Grim the Collier

White Campion

July would be a burst of colour and many a buzz. It’s truly amazing. It’s also the month #butterflies gets to visit often especially like the weather we had this week. Hopefully, it would be a repeat like last year so I could share it with you.Enjoy the sun but protect your skin. Have a great start of summer holidays.

Rae x

22 June 2019 My #SixonSaturday

A beautiful day. What a perfect day to start summer. The last few days have been wonderfully warm and sunny. No clouds in sight. I had the opportunity to tidy and deadhead plants after work. So relaxing, you get lost in time.

Today is equally rewarding. Apart from #bees darting around buzzing, I have been visited by a few #butterflies. Gosh! 3 types even, and very willingly stayed on for a photographs. My lucky day. Hope more to visit some time.

#SixonSaturday my #SixonSaturday. So much to share but I just have to share this with you.

I believe I have featured this plant on previous blog but I just have to do it again this time. Scabiosa; loved by #bees and now surprisingly enough, Tortoiseshell #butterflies too.  Large white also adores it. #Pollinators love both pink and blue flowers.  Blue one has a bigger bloom.

Poppies started opening this week. Love the deep purple colour and #pollinators can’t get enough of it. You will find half a dozen #bees in one flower. Amazing display if you have a few of these together. #Freeplant from bees.

I love pink and vivid hues, so in summer you’ll find this colour and deep purples mostly in my garden.  #Bees love these colours too. One thing me and the bees agree with. This dainty flower is pretty with its silvery leaves and stems. Butterflies love this flower too. Another #freeplant from bees.

This plant is a bee loving plant its flowers are like drop earrings and it produces red berries in autumn which birds love to feast on. You can see  birds hovering to feed and blackbirds keep jumping up high to get the fruit. It’s fascinating to watch. Again, it suddenly appeared. Quite sensitive plant though, I find.

Aquelegia; another #freeplant. I have a few of these growing but not in flower yet but I found this among the thick shrubbery. Poor thing trying to get some sunlight. It’s very pale, it certainly need more sunshine. Looks good though.

Think  the lovely weather makes us all positive and happy. May the sunshine spell continues. Perfect for barbeque and am fresco dining. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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Magdarae

15 June 2019 My #SixonSaturday

Sunshine! A bit windy and very cloudy but we have snippets of sunshine. It’s going to be a fine day for #bees and other #wildlife. For me too 😊

This week rain reminds me of tropical storms; incessant downpouring, flooding and just absolute gloom. Travelling was a nightmare, traffic jam everywhere and the roads turned into streams. Talking about nightmares, don’t look at the garden, such a mess. Plants need staking or just cut it back, cut flowers , these will be great indoors.

#SixonSaturday I’ve taken a few photos of flowers that caught my eye this morning while having a cup of coffee. The bees and the birds were really busy. Trying to make up lost times I guess. As usual, I am continuing with wildflowers and others that has been growing in my little patch. My #SixonSaturday

This wildflower has bulbous like flower. It’s pale, tiny and amongst all the plants growing around it, it’s really quite a bore. I don’t know what sort of wildlife it serves. Anyway, if you get a closer look it’s actually have an intricate pattern. Quite a pretty little thing really.

Another pink tiny flower which just starting to bloom. Got excited when I saw this vibrant fuchsia pink flower looking up at me. You can’t missed it. Fab.

Think this wildflower is called Birdsfoot trefoil (did you read that, named wildflower, sssshhh πŸ˜‚ oh please no Latin names 😜) growing under the red poppy which now totally buried under it.It’s a shame as it has these beautiful yellow flowers. Hope it will survive. Food for common blue butterfly larvae, a friend told me. Grows everywhere if you let it be. Come to think of it, not liking that food thing malarkey that much.

This wild rose just appeared three years ago and I kept on cutting it back because it’s near my front door. Very annoying. However, it keep sprouting back, now, have a few stems growing. Last year I let it grew and by late summer caterpillars appeared. Not great I tell you. Phew. Flowers are pretty though and it has this deep red rosehip in autumn.

You will see this plant growing everywhere, it’s pretty, most of all, #bees and butterflies love it. A tropical delight.

And my no 6 is this campanula, I think. πŸ˜‰Towering plant with its delicate white bell like flowers, very virginal. Another prolific grower. Love it though. Very hardy. It can stay as long as it can find a space to grow.

Gosh! As I write this narrative somehow the weather has become bleak, very dΓ rk clouds covers the horizon. I think rain is coming. Ha! Oh yes, it trickles and now it lashes. Going to be another wet Saturday. Remember summer 2017?A depressing thought. But hey, summer has just began. A beautiful day is upon us soon. Fingerscrossed, tightly crossed. Enjoy your weekend.

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Thank you.

Rae x

08 June 2019 My #SixonSaturday

Sun is out after the heavy rain that seem like it lasted forever. The wind chill feels almost like autumn and I was really tempted to lit the log fire last night which my housemates woud certainly love. Well, blankets and another layer of clothing saved me from more cleaning this morning. Good choice.

A disaster I think looking out from my window into the garden. Peonies almost kissing the ground. Dephiniums just having a lie down. With the high wind still persisting, some delicate flowers might not see another day. Still, the garden is full of life. Never thought bees still works even with this horrid weather but they do, busy as ever. Also the birds, lovely to see these flyers going on with their day as usual. Not like me tho, cannot be bothered and cancelled all arrangements until weather improves. Only if I have the discipline like some wildlifes i see and enjoy in my humble little patch.Haiiisst! One day perhaps.

#SixonSaturday, my #SixonSaturday Well, i started with #wildflowers so it would be lovely to continue the theme.

This I think is Ragwort, a nasty #wildflower that atm are now flourishing under my Hawthorn hedge. Now, i don’t like it growing and flowering even though they’re great for bees and butterflies as it self-seeds according from google search, so I guess I need those herbicides which I hate to use. I am asthmatic so any chemicals that don’t agree with me will cause me ill. Any advice?

This flower I call it wild lavender, another #wildplant thats overtaking my little flower bed. It’s a pretty plant but this year Gosh! did it grow so tall. The bees totally loves it. Would be lovely to give this plant a name.

This #wildflower you will not notice without looking down, really down, on your knees. It’s tiny and it would be lost in the undergrowth if not for its tiny white flowers staring at you.

Here’s another one growing this time in my sorry state of a rockery. Don’t know where it came from, another tall #wildplant but maybe it has its height because it’s growing in an area where it only kisses the late afternoon sun. I hope the bees will love it. Guessing anyhow. Don’t know much about algebra, so don’t know much about ….🎢🎢 Dont know much about music either it seems πŸ˜‚

I love this flower, red poppy. One of my first bought #wildflower together with the ox eye daisy. Amazing combination. Bought primarily to give boost to my floundering, abyssmal attempt of creating a wildflower bed years ago. Early days yet but hoping another year or two it would be just perfect for me and the bees.

As usual, you’ll read this and think I hope she gives these flowers proper name. It would be a very long unending disappointment for you and sorry I am not really good with remembering names. Maybe you can and you know the name of these flowers featured, please share and let me be the wisier.

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Well second weekend of June. Going faster by the day. Enjoy your weekend and wish you a fab time.

Rae x

01 June 2019 My #SixonSaturday

What a beautiful day. A perfect day to start summer. Sitting outside with a cup of coffee; listening to #birds singing, flapping and #bees buzzing, darting in and out of lovely colourful flowers and i am topping my vitamin D. Seen a blue and white #butterfly too. Wonder if these beautiful fragile creatures be tempted to linger on to a few #wildflowers coming into bloom in my little patch some time. That will just top my weekend nature watch. 

Oh my! what to choose and to feature on this first day of June. I think this  month I will start with bee loving plants. They have introduced these plants in my little patch, assumed its #freeplants from them.

Fox gloves, a present from the #bees I never bought any of these plants but like some of the plants flowering in my garden right now, were #freeplants. If i cant name the source I automatically think its the bees that brought it.

Snapdragons, another #freeplant from the #bees like foxgloves and the rest, they’re self -seeding so these plants grows everywhere and anywhere. Love them though.

Scabiosa, the bees and the white butterfly love this. Seen moths on them flowers too. So gracious.

I call this the star flower, white and blue flowers. Again, a present from bees. 

A wildflower new to me. My brother’s birthday present. There were a few #wildflowers delivered before my special day. A lovely surprise. Never had a place to put them so I just planted them where I thought there’s a space. Unfortunately, now its overcrowded and guess, the plants just need to fight for their own space. Love the deep purple colour. There was a green caterpillar wedged on its buds. I dont think I will be looking a closer look on this one so soon.

Last but not least, I this this is pestemon. Like the rest of my plants, all starting to bring bright colourful flowers and this one certainly has been feasted by my fav pollinator. 

June is a start of a busy month for  some wonderful pollinators in my garden. Hopefully, I will be graced with the few butterflies that frequented my little patch. Would be lovely to share them with you. Looking forward to see the outcome of my wildflower meadow. Last year was a disaster because of the dry weather. Fingerscrossed it will be looking healthier this time.

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Enjoy summer and get ready for shorts and flip flops 😊 

Rae x