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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
Still about 4 Red Admirals in the garden, despite
some heavy rain in the last week and temperature down to +3.6c last night. They
are gradually exhausting the food supply from the plants still in flower. Time
to find somewhere to hibernate I reckon.
I have been replacing the plastic bubble as mentioned in the last blog, the
greenhouse insulation panels are now ready for use, as and when the frosts
return. I still have to replace some of the plastic bubble on the panels I use
for the Musa basjoo banana protection.
We have been out walking a bit more now we are not so involved in the garden. It
makes a pleasant change, yesterday was a gorgeous day for walking, sunny but not
Hibiscus 'Newbiscus Mauvelous' brought into the
conservatory as the weather has turned for the worst.
The flowers are late this year and are as big across as my hand,
Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple' seed pods, which won't
ripen this year as they need more time to develop and dry off.
Lilium 'Pimento' flowering late in a pot.
It's getting colder, the Red Admirals after rising
to a peak of 13 at one time in the garden, have diminished to 6 today.
I need to replace the plastic bubble covers on the insulation frames I use in
the greenhouse and banana houses, the ultra violet light "rots" the
plastic after about three years.
I have been watering the garden nearly every day for the last week, the sun and
wind dries our light soil very quickly.
Plenty of colour still in the gardens, so we will keep it going as long as
A view between the Banana leaves
Canna 'Reine Charlotte'
Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory'
Brugmansia candida 'Bergkonigin'
Dahlia 'Fashion monger'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Pink'
Every know and then, it isn't sure it really is a pink flower. If it flowered
like this all the
time, it may be worth some money ?
The number of Red Admirals in the garden at one
time today was ten. Eight in Lyn's garden and two in mine.
I also saw a Comma, the first this year, unfortunatley it had flown by the time
I got back out with the camera.
Lyn has been digging up a few plants in her garden, and putting a few in. She
also cut down hard a Savlia 'Kew red'. It had got massive, even after moving it
this time last year.
The only problem is, was it too late to cut down, it will no doubt put up new
growth, but it will be soft growth, depends when we start getting a frost.
Which leads me on to the temperature last night, which went down to +4.3, but
warmed up nicely during the day.
One of the Red Admirals was sat on the conservatory roof, taking the last rays
of sun before it set this evening, as soon as the sun stopped shining on it, it
flew off, I no not where.
Two of the Red Admirals on Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike'
And a close up of Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike' which
also attracts many bees and hoverflies.
Osteospermum 'Flower Power' series pink and white
Plenty of colour left in the back garden.
Continuing with the insects seen in the garden,
here are a few more taken today.
I think they are all Hoverflies, but I may be wrong.
A male Helophilus trivittatus
I know what this is. A view across part of the
Yesterday I posted a picture of
pink Osteospermum 'Flower Power'
series, this is one of the same but in white.
A cool night last night +4.8c at the airport around
7am. But it warmed up with blue skies again all day.
Two of the Red Admirals are still around in the garden and yesterday we had a
Painted Lady butterfly, but it didn't stay long. Lots of Bees around too, but I
don't know the names of them.
We also had the first flower open on a Thunbergia gregorii which we bought
earlier this year, hopefully more flowers on it later, and we hope to over
The Painted Lady on Eupatorium maculatum.
A Bee I don't know the name of on Scabiosa columbaria
One of the Red Admirals on a 2 metre tall Eupatorium maculatum
A poor picture of Thunbergia gregorii, I will try
to do a better one later.
A pink Osteospermum 'Flower Power' series
September weather has started off well, good amounts of
sunshine and warm.
It's good to see some butterflies around now, more than we have seen all summer.
Red Admirals are in the majority, feeding on Verbena bonariensis, Rudbeckia laciniata
'Goldsturm', and Eupatorium purpureum.
The gardens are still looking good although some of the Phlox paniculata in
Lyn's garden have mildew, not surprising with all the rain we had during the
Our open days for next year have been decided, and have
been sent to the National Garden Scheme (yes already). Hopefully we will have a
better summer than this year.
The money we raised for the National Garden Scheme charities is down by
about 40% this year, due to the lower number of visitors to the garden. It is
not just our garden, but many others as well, so not good.
The Ferndown in bloom winners are to be announced later this month, why the
secrecy this year I have no idea, as the gardens where judged in July.
Part of Lyn's front garden
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