Posts Tagged ‘Summer’


A sprig of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)…


On my June visit to the old hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields I hoped to see the developing fruits, but I knew they would be high up in the branches, so in advance I picked one from the much smaller roadside hornbeam I pass on the way to work.

Then I chose the one dry day of the week (again – it has rained a lot lately) to visit the fields (more…)

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Lily after rain…

At last, we have had a wetter spell of weather after the heatwave. Listen here to Rain Rain Rain Beautiful Rain sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The plants have (more…)

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Can you tell what it is yet? Image from Wikimedia Commons – click to go to the source…

In the recent heatwave in the UK the house windows have been open most of the time and we have been sitting in the garden more often. But can it be that I haven’t noticed these disconcerting noises of summer in previous years?

They began a few weeks ago when the warmer weather arrived after a miserable, cool June. I started to hear a buzzing and it became more frequent. I thought we might have a wasps’ nest under the house eaves or in the soffits. I shut the bathroom window in the middle of the night so the husband wouldn’t notice it, trying to delay the moment when he found out and we had to get someone in to solve the problem. What a hassle that was going to be…

But as we sat out in the yard more we realised (more…)

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Wet pelargonium in the garden in summer 2012 – more plant pictures later in this post…

As anyone living in the UK will tell you, it has been one awful summer – cold for the time of year and wet, wet, wet.

Although March and May were dry, June and July have been so bad that (more…)

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View of Strumble Head Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire, from the car park...

I think this is the last post from my summer vacation and it’s a quick visit to Strumble Head, a rocky (more…)

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View from a top-floor bedroom at the Warpool Court Hotel, St David's, with Skomer Island in the distance. Must go over to the island to see the puffins one day...

In August we stayed at the Warpool Court Hotel in St David’s, Pembrokeshire, for a few days. Not cheap and not modern but with great food, great character and amazing views!

This post is (more…)

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Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, Dorset

Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne in East Dorset, has a bit of an ancestral connection for me, although sadly not with the wealthy Bankes family, who owned the great house for more than 300 years.

My 3-great grandfather was a woodman here in the 19th century. For this reason I have put a gallery of Kingston Lacy pictures in my blog’s “ancestral places” section and this is just a short post to point to it.


Agapanthus on a sunny August day in the garden at Kingston Lacy

Today Kingston Lacy is run by the National Trust.

Please click here to come with me on a walk through the gardens on a very hot and bright August day.

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The approach to Badbury Rings, near Wimborne in East Dorset, in August 2011

Last week (August 1) I was in Dorset and without any planning in advance I found myself going for a walk around the Iron Age hill-fort of Badbury Rings.


Agrimony at Badbury Rings

As well as its archaeological value, the area is home to a dozen or so orchids – not (more…)

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Crocosmia Lucifer in the garden in July

I love Crocosmias – the big red variety called Lucifer lights up our garden in July, continuing to glow in the gloom when dusk falls and all the blues and greens fade to grey.


A close-up of Crocosmia Lucifer - it's such a vivid red in bright sun that it's hard to photograph...

Lucifer is an (more…)

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Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) on Verbena bonariensis at Aberglasney Gardens, August 2010

Throughout 2010 I am revisiting the little green nature book that accompanied my childhood and seeing if the plants and animals featured in its monthly sketchbook pages are still around.

The book is “Wild Life Through the Year” by Richard Morse and it was published in 1942. You can read about earlier months here.

It’s all a bit annoying, as I keep on spotting things in the “wrong” month. I know the book isn’t supposed to be that prescriptive, but (more…)

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