Garden PhotosSummer 2009
Garden in 2015
Another warm, dry week so no wish for a long walk. My garden has coped with the drought reasonably well. It was the sighting of this creature yesterday that prompted the posting.
Much more of these beetles later in this blog... The daisies (Anthemis cupaniana) did well, the silvery leaves helping them retain water. The few aubretia flowers set them off nicely.
And en masse they can be dramatic.
I heavily pruned a berberis (Berberis darwinii) two years ago and it is still taking time to regenerate. The bees love the flowers and these are followed by blue berries, a good value shrub.
A 'weed' is just a plant in the wrong place, I do not mind these cornflowers that came in somehow, particularly as the bees like them so much. This bee is probably a tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum). They only flower briefly in Spring and die back.
My crab apple tree (Malus transitoria) has grown very large over the years, it is spectacular in spring and autumn.
Aquilegas (Aquilega vulgaris) have seeded themselves around widely, which I don't mind, the flowers are vary widely in colour too.
The 'Chinese Beauty bush' (Kolkwitzia amabilis) lived up to its name again
With the presence of stone walls snails have a host of good hiding places so I have take extreme measures to protect Hostas (Hosta montana 'Aurea Marginata'). I find two copper bands spaced two inches apart have proven quite effective.
The warm, sunny spell has brought plants to flower earlier than usual, including these Californian Poppies (Eschscholzia californica).
Enough of the ordinary and back to those beetles, these are large (half an inch) and were feeding on Pyracantha (firethorn) flowers. Here is one from the side
I went scurrying for my insect book with no luck, but the Internet quickly supplied an identification. It is a Rose chafer beetle (Cetonia aurata) a species making its way northward into the UK.
The bush had three of them, and two of them decided that nature must have its way...
And another prurient shot.
It took a little patience to wait for the sun to catch the emerald iridescence. The Rose chafer beetles are in the Scarab beetle family but not the same ones that the Egyptians venerated so much.
Apparently these are not a pest at all, the grubs do a good job of processing compost. Finally a detailed shot of its head.