Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blue is for Bluebells and Blue Tit...



Spring is a magical time and what could be more welcoming than the sight of Bluebells.


In Spring of 2015 Prunella visited a National Trust property Basildon Park in Berkshire, and was greeted with the sight of willow Deer sculptures set amidst the bluebells and old trees...




 
A Bee collecting pollen from the wild bluebells at Basildon Park, much prettier and far more delicate than the bluebells that grow in Prunella's garden...


A carpet of wild bluebells in Wales...



The bluebells in Prunella's garden 2016...






...and finally blue is for Blue Tit. Prunella was delighted to see a cute little Blue Tit feasting on the bugs on her Victoria Plum tree...






Until the next time, 
stay safe, happy and healthy. 
Hugs to all.

xXx  



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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Beetles big and small...



Due to it being a beautiful Spring morning Prunella decided to have tea on the patio accompanied by her companions Phoebe Whippet and Griff Sheltie.



She'd just made herself comfortable and was about to enjoy her morning brew when out ran a beetle. It was obviously not a happy beetle as it felt exposed running across the flagstones.


 At times, when it felt threatened by Phoebe and Griff, it raised its long  abdomen high in the air as if to say stay away from me or else! It reminded Prunella of a scorpion.


 By the time Prunella had ran inside to collect her camera it had almost reached the lawn. Three snaps were all she could manage.
Phoebe tried not to make it feel frightened by covering her eyes...

She couldn't help the occasional peek as it dived for cover into the grass...


 Prunella thinks that it could have been an Imperial Rove Beetle (Staphylinus caesareus) but she is not sure. 
Any help with it's identification would be greatly appreciated.
 Late last year Prunella had bought a bug hotel in the hope that it may attract more insects into her garden and today she was happy to see one of the rooms occupied...


 Prunella likes all wildlife and even though she finds spiders scary she would never harm one.
On her side patio she loves watching Susie Spider spinning her intricate silk web...


A highlight of Prunella's last year was spotting Stanford Stag Beetle who had become tangled in Susie Spider's web and crash landed upside down onto Prunella's side patio.  
When she asked him what he was doing he said that he was on his way home for lunch and hadn't spotted the large web. 
I don't think Susie Spider was too happy when she spotted the damage to her delicate weaving. She rushed out of her hidey-hole to see what had happened but didn't dare mutter a word when she saw the size of  Stanford. Instead she went about her business of repairing the hole...

 


 Prunella rushed over to tell Stacey of Stanford's mishap earlier in the day.
Stacey was worried because it was unlike Stanford not to come home for lunch in the old wood store.
Prunella said that if she'd like to hop on board she would carry her round to where she last saw Stanford...




 Up she crawled and Prunella carefully carried her round to the side patio to show her where Stanford had crawled under the fence. 


Until the next time, 
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xXx  



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Monday, 4 April 2016

Ladybug and Lambs Tails...





Prunella loves Ladybirds and was delighted to spot Scarlet Ladybug. Her bright colour and pattern made her a particulary attractive visitor to Prunella's garden. Much to Prunella's delight Scarlet had been busy dining on aphids and was now resting on a beautiful bright yellow daffodil enjoying the Spring sunshine.






The Magnolia tree is a spectacular sight at this time of year. 
Last year Prunella potted up a Magnolia Stellata. 
At first Prunella was sure it was covered in furry little mice but on closer examination it was just the soft buds. They almost look and feel like little soft bunny feet...


Now in full bloom it is a welcome sight each morning...

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Prunella knows it's Spring when she spots the catkins blowing in the breeze like little lamb's tails.



and Spring isn't complete without the sound of bleating lambs running across the fields...








Until the next time, 
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Hugs to all.

xXx  



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