Bee Oasis

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … Hardy geranium. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Back To The Beginning

Spring begins with Snowdrops. February 2019, front garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

A Drenched Beauty

This is one of the best years for peonies I have known here. I do love the rain so long it doesn't pour endlessly, and this morning it was but a brief spell. I love the freshness and invigoration it brings to the garden, so I couldn't resist popping out with my camera when the... Continue Reading →

Catching The Sun

Autmum fell to winter, and winter flew and we are already enjoying a wonderful spring here on this side of the pond. Finally I made it back after a fairly long hiatus, and I will look forward to catching up with you all! This is one of my favourites which seemingly appeared out of nowhere... Continue Reading →

September Rose

Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer September 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Butterflies And Lavender

I have three Lavender bushes in my small garden, and the bees and butterflies really enjoy visiting them. Next year I may consider planting a lavender hedge, if I can make room for one. This butterfly with the twin spots is called the Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus). Click once to expand view, click again to get... Continue Reading →

Catching The Early Sunlight

Last night was a very hot and close one, so sleep was quite restless. So up early to find this Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) flower catching the first rays of sunlight. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Opening Mid-summer II

Now if this plant grows feet and start walking about the garden I will be worried. There has been no meteor showers of late, has there? Although it does look like it is about to ballet dance around the flowerbed to me. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer... Continue Reading →

Opening Mid-summer

Every few years (actually quite a few numbers of years can pass) and one of these beautiful Opium Poppies (Papaver somniferum) will just appear out of nowhere in my back garden. This one is quite a monster in size and has many heads like the mythical Hydra. Click once to expand view, click again to... Continue Reading →

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