Summer Fruits

While walking a different route through our neighbourhood this afternoon, I came across some positive proof that it really is summer: cherries! And this wise gardener wasn’t taking any chances… His prized cherries (which are perfectly ripe and ready for picking) are locked away from both human passersby and hungry birds! Our own garden is lagging…

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Rare Sighting

Continuing on yesterday’s theme of insects and nature’s diversity, we didn’t have to go far this morning to find this exquisite – and rare to this area – silver-washed fritillary butterfly (Argynnis paphia). It was lovely to enjoy this beauty flitting through the garden as we drank our coffee this morning, and Jeff was beyond excited….

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Bees and Blossoms

The blessing of this blog has been the experience of noticing; I have paid closer attention to the world around me because of my commitment to show up here in Blogland at the end of each day. I already had a photo ready to post, but then as I was walking through the neighbourhood this evening,…

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All Are Welcome

After a meeting at All Saints Church in Southend yesterday, we noticed this curiously beautiful structure on the edge of the garden. It looked so purposeful that I just had to ask about it. It’s a bug hotel, conceived and initiated by the church’s youth, and constructed by a church member. The All Saints Church…

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A Gull on Every Post

Fantastic sighting along the Southend seafront this evening as we made our way home from a meeting – the resident black-headed gulls were hosting some of their Mediterranean cousins, all lined up on posts as the tide was going out.

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Sly Old Fox

I wasn’t the only one out for a walk this evening.

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Wildflower Garden

It’s impossible to walk past this garden without smiling! The California poppies I photographed last week have been joined by their European cousins, Papaveroideae, and a host of colourful friends.

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Floral Abundance

Lovely! The peony (Paeonia) certainly brightens the world, doesn’t it? This lush bloom is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of his teacher by turning him into the peony flower. Today peonies symbolize wealth and honour, and are considered to…

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Smell the Roses

We have some fantastic gardeners in our neighbourbood, people who surround their homes with foreign poppies, Nessie hedges, and seasonal blooms that take my breath away. Roses are blooming now, so the sun-warmed air was filled with their perfume as I walked to the village this morning. I can smell these yellow roses from half a block…

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A California Immigrant

California poppies, Eschscholzia californica… these golden beauties are a touch of home-away-from-home for me, and always evoke a flood of memories. As a child I was taught that our state flowers were special, and never to be picked. I have always appreciated their seasonal appearance, but never more so than since I’ve been living here in England….

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