Ending of June

The weather has turned in the last couple of days to heavy showers, but it has been lovely and sunny. In between taking my daughter to a riding competition (last weekend) and the bee incident, I did manage a few photos here and there.

I have been enjoying our ‘meadow’ of lovely long grass in the back garden. Lots of insects seem to be enjoying it too.

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Sunny long grass

Today, in between the showers I popped out for a moment and noticed this little bee who seems to have moved into a hole in our shed. Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

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Solitary bee in a small hole in our shed

The Buddleia won’t be long now – so close to flowering! So looking forward to all the butterflies gathering when it does ๐Ÿ™‚

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Buddleia very nearly flowering

There are a lot of Ragwort plants which are also getting close to flowering. Last year these were particularly popular with hoverflies and the Small Copper butterflies. Another one to look forward to.

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Ragwort will be flowering soon

We were looking at the pond and commenting that we hadn’t seen the frogs for a while … I then stood up to pull some grass out of the pond and my foot disturbed … guess what?! Yup, a little yellowish frog went sploshing into the pond out of the way of my foot. He then popped back up to say hello. He’s pretty small. We thought he was a baby, but then an even smaller one popped up next to him! Really makes us happy to see our pond in use ๐Ÿ™‚

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Little froggy in our pond

There are all different stages of Ladybird life around the garden at the moment …

Here’s a larva (this is what hatches from the Ladybird eggs):

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Ladybird larva

Then after stuffing itself with food, the larva settles down and turns into a pupa:

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Ladybird pupa

And then of course it becomes an adult ladybird, and sets off chomping its way through lots of greenfly ๐Ÿ™‚

Adult Ladybird (and dinner!)
Adult Ladybird (and dinner!)

Finally, we are glad that we’ve let some of the brambles stay, as they are now producing the start of a nice crop of blackberries ๐Ÿ™‚

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A big crop of blackberries to come
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One Reply to “Ending of June”

  1. I loved the ‘stages of a ladybird’ and it’s good to see ‘your’ frogs stayed around. Our blackberries are only flowering at the moment but our wild raspberries won’t be long in ripening now ๐Ÿ™‚

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