Scarlet Tiger Moth

In June this year, along the banks of a little stream near where I live, there appeared loads of brightly coloured moths that flew past at speed in a flash of red. When resting, these moths do not appear very brightly coloured……

However, the underneath of their wings tells a different story……..

There were also lots of them coming out of their chrysalis’ looking rather crumpled………

You can really how they are such streaks of bright red flashing past when you see this photo!

Hope you enjoy!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

The Most Amazing Hoya!

I was given a Hoya Carnosa about 4 years ago and it did nothing for 2 years. I then moved it to an upstairs windowsill with sun in the afternoon…………….

Oh me oh my! I think it likes it here! It had one lot of flowers last year and this year it has 6! It is also called the Porcelain plant or the Wax plant.

It is the most amazing (as in the title) textured plant!

These are the flower buds-they look very much like plastic.
In this photo you can see the closed buds, some half opened and the fully opened flowers.
When they are fully open, they seem to produce a thick, sticky liquid which I presume is nectar of some sort.
And this is the flower from behind!

I find them fascinating and as I sit here I can tell you they also have a sweet perfume!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Astrantia

I usually like plants that are bright and vivid but for some reason the Astrantia has always been a flower that I absolutely love-it’s so delicate and fine and just gorgeous, and I am pleased to say I have them in my garden!

If you wanted a proper description….here it is!

“Astrantia are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with palmately lobed basal leaves and branched, erect, wiry stems bearing compact umbels of tiny flowers surrounded by a rosette of showy bracts.”

Well I never!!! To me they are just beautiful!

And that’s all!

See Ya xx

Spring Tulips

Last year all our tulips were eaten by the local muntjac deer which was very disappointing as you only get the one flower on each stem! Thus our garden was a sea of green stems with no flowers.

This year, joy of joys, no deer came after January so they didn’t decimate our crop!

Look!!!

I hope you enjoy the splash of colour from my tulips!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Arenal-Costa Rica

Arenal, the home of a volcano that last erupted 60 years ago! Sadly for us, there was a lot of cloud and we didn’t manage to fully see the volcano, but we did hike up to see the cloud surrounding it a little clearer!!

However, I was very excited on the way up as we saw the bird I most wanted to see….the Keel Billed Toucan……….

Those colours!

Now-in Europe we don’t see hummingbirds, so there was great excitement a brewing for me as I knew there would be lots……Here’s my first ever photo of a hummingbird….IN REAL LIFE!!

A Rufous-tailed hummingbird
Here’s a bedraggled one in silhouette after a heavy downpour!
When I first saw this bird I thought it was a cardinal, but then I thought it was a tanager….I’m still not positive but he was lovely all the same.
And apparently I’m partial to the Social Flycatcher who is all over the place in Costa Rica but very pretty with it!
And I suppose I need to include a photo of the half obscured volcano!

That’s All!

See Ya xx