Exotic plants and flowers.
Bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons and red campions.
Young leaves growing on an Acer tree.
A close-up of a bluebell.
A close-up of a Rhododendron flower.
Young Acer leaves with sunshine behind them.
A Bluebell close-up.
A bright red seven spot ladybird on a bluebell.
An orange poppy against long, green grass.
Red poppy anemones blowing in the wind, with a hint of green in the background.
Bright sunshine, yet still a slight chill in the air. Hyacinths, magnolias, daffodils and blossom are out.
The snowdrops were out in force! Galanthus nivalis is one species which self-seeds and spreads quickly. Bees use snowdrops for nectar when not many other plants are flowering.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower – Albert Camus
I thought I would get a final few snaps of the pretty colours on the trees before the wind, rain and frost took their toll. The lovely yellows and oranges (which are masked by the green chlorophyll colour in the growing season) are now revealed as the chlorophyll breaks down. Some trees, like maples, make new pigments, giving rise to different shades of red and purple.
The bane of gardeners. But, it has a cute little face, don’t you think? Lots of myths and superstitions surround white butterflies, many bringing good luck and others not. Native Americans thought they could induce hypnotic and pleasant dreams and some people believed they were angels watching over you.
There are more than 70 species of Papaver. Poppies mainly grow in the Northern hemisphere. This is the Ladybird Poppy (Papaver Commutatum).