Lavender Garden

It’s been a hectic few days, but I found a few moments yesterday to potter in my Mum’s garden and spent some time in the sun by her lavender patch. Such a enticing sight (and scent) for all the butterflies and bees, as well as for me. Hope you enjoy these photos, and feel a little of the pleasantness of sunshine, warmth and happy insects buzzing (or flapping) by.

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Late Bloom

I took this photo a few days ago in a sunny spell. When I get home from work it’s dark so there’s no chance of photography, so I amuse myself by looking at previous photos and seeing what I can do with them. This is my lavender which after recovering from being smothered in a wild flower bed, is now blooming in November. I doubt that this lovely little flower will get pollinated, and I’m not sure if it will survive the frosts, but at least I’ve been able to enjoy its joyful recovery 🙂

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Lavender recovery

Just over a month ago (I think) I decided to rescue my Lavender bush. It was only small, planted last year in the middle of the flowerbed. This year I’d been waiting to see it growing, but no sign of it, and in the end I waded in and found it was drowned underneath everything else and looked pretty much dead. So I dug it up and put it in a pot with some nice compost and hoped I might be able to bring it back. You may have seen it in pictures of my wildflowers growing in their troughs e.g. Gardening.

This is how it looked on 15th June:
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I had nearly given up but just over the last few days it’s really got going again 🙂

Here it is yesterday:

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A lovely couple of spikes of new green growth! Most of it is dried up and appears dead but just this one bit is green. I’m quite pleased with myself that it didn’t die 🙂

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Pottering in the Garden

I managed to finish work a little early today so had a quick look around the garden to see what was going on…

I was pleased to see that my little Lavender bush is flowering and had a bee visiting:

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The Buff-Tip Moth caterpillars have grown loads since the last time I photographed them:

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And I found this tiny little bug on the Willow tree:

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All in all, a rather satisfying little potter round the garden 🙂