Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Marbled white

A common north downs butterfly. (melanargia galathea)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009


The last of the wild pyramidal orchids on the north Downs. They are almost over now, but have been lovely. (anacamptis pyramidalis)
Taken on a camera phone - so not the best photo!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The small scabious scabiosa columbaria. This description fits this North Downs plant, but it is flowering in June.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What is that?

This weird thing caught my attention. It looked almost metallic, like a pair of tweezers when I first saw it. The inside of the pod is so silvery against the black exterior, which looks like the handles of the tweezers! Much too rich an imagination.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Knapweed and friends.

More of these lovely Common Knapweed on the North Downs. Here they are experiencing a visit from the Marbled white, melanargia galathea and, I think, two Narrow-bordered five spot Burnet moths, zygaena lonicerae.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Gatekeepers on the North Downs

I think these are Gatekeepers - but I found two names: maniola tithonus and pyronia tithonus.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gordons College

Gordons College rose looking lovely after some sunny weather. Plenty of buds just bursting out as well as full blooms looking like can-can dancers.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Best in show

The Daily Telegraph sponsored this garden by Ulf Nordfjell

Monday, June 08, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

More Plasticine

Check out those fabulous Koi carp. A rare thing at Chelsea and so colourful!
Fancy a juicy strawberry?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Pinks and Blues in a Silver Garden

This romantic planting comes from the QVC Garden at CFS and won a silver medal.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


As seen at Chelsea Flower Show, these lovely sundews are Drosera Slackii, an evergreen rosetted sundew endemic to the Cape Region of South Africa. If you want to know more, visit The International Carnivorous Plant Society.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Grenada at Chelsea

Not so much a window box, more a firework display!
The stand won Grenada's seventh Gold medal at CFS.
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