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15/04/2014 at 20:13

Ah great, Forester..... was hoping we may be getting a few bluebell pics about now.

With luck I'll be taking my camera to our own bluebell wood tomorrow.

16/04/2014 at 17:04

Verdun, I missed your post the other day about the sinks, sorry.  I might add some grass to the front one for the winter to give it some interest.

The butterfly in my garden today liked the new Sedum in one of the sinks.


16/04/2014 at 17:34

Is that a really butterfly??

16/04/2014 at 17:42



 Went intending to take bluebell pics today, sadly they're not quite next week maybe.

Took a few random shots round & about.





16/04/2014 at 17:57

I thought the same David, Tracey are you playing games ? That butterfly doesn't look like a real one

16/04/2014 at 23:50

They are gorgeous David 

Yes it was a butterfly (I think!! I'm not an expert and maybe could be a moth???).

I'll admit I did cheat a bit as it was on the privet root my OH was removing, so I coaxed it onto a leaf (so it didn't get harmed) then placed it on the Sedum, definitely had wings, although a big big body and I did say to OH it was like no butterfly I had seen but was definitely alive and looked just like that 

16/04/2014 at 23:52

 This was the same butterfly at the bottom of the root as I was trying to move it...honestly it's real 

17/04/2014 at 00:01
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

 This was the same butterfly at the bottom of the root as I was trying to move it...honestly it's real 

It's a female Peacock butterfly.  The male has a body which extends all the way to the rear of the wings.

17/04/2014 at 00:03

So it is a butterfly then, thanks Bob.  I know very little about butterflies and it was OH that called me over to look at it, just as he was about to put the spade there!!! So I moved it and took the photos, didn't have time to get my proper camera so used the iPad 

17/04/2014 at 08:10

Fantastic colour in those pics David. 

Love the sedum Orchid lady     .....the butterfly adds perfect colour blend.  You trained it well 

17/04/2014 at 08:56

Wow noticed several people mentioning your butterfly on another thread Orchid,wondered what they were taking about. Now I can see, what a beauty.

David love your pics.

17/04/2014 at 08:56

So sorry for doubting your butterfly, OL ...I thought it was one of those fluttering butterflies on a wire (so available, along with kiss-me-quick hats, in Blackpool) .....a really nice shot!  

17/04/2014 at 10:26

That's ok David, I'll forgive you.....I don't have much choice when I need SP advice   More insulting is you thinking that I would actually buy something that naff off Blackpool prom LOL 

Thanks Potty , it was beautiful and also very unusual for our garden, especially staying still!!

17/04/2014 at 16:33

 This very rare wild flower is only to be found in my native Staffordshire at this time of year.

18/04/2014 at 08:00

Ha Ha David.  They are quite attractive really, but we still try to get rid of them. 

18/04/2014 at 08:30

Ha ha type of thinking!

However, on the Towans behind me there are wild orchids not found elsewhere apparently.  I will try to remember to post a picture when they show...usually June I think 

18/04/2014 at 08:40

Whilst driving along I noticed how many verges were choc a block with dandelions. Seem to be far more than in the past

18/04/2014 at 09:12

Tell you a story about dandelions.....or to be more precise the photographing of.

The other day I spotted a perfect specimen seed-head of a dandelion growing in my greenhouse border (you see the kinda place I run here) and  in my quest for a masterpiece I decided to take a macro shot of it (black TV screen background, the works).

I went into me shed, cut a piece of thin wire, back to the greenhouse, carefully snipped off the said dandelion seed-head, gingerly inserted the piece of wire into the hollow stem, opened the greenhouse door to return to the house......then Whoosh, a bluddy gust of wind blew it all away.  

18/04/2014 at 09:22

David - that's what you get for trying to photograph dandelions...

18/04/2014 at 10:32

Took a pic of some daffs I picked yesterday. Tresamble, Thalia and Cheerfulness: