Y’orchiding! (Get it!)

Oh me oh my what a busy time I’ve had.

I’ve been transacting on eBay.

I’ve been painting doors.

I’ve been putting my dahlias to bed before the frost!

But, as always, I got distracted in the middle of it all and found myself lying on the cold flagstones outside my kitchen door, taking photos of orchids from underneath! The sky was so blue and the orchid was so white!

See what you think! The first picture just shows you the type of orchid…..

Notice the woodstore in the background…remember it’s the one I made!! (See a much earlier post!)

And as always a very close up right in his tummy sort of shot……

Isn’t it soft?

Now for the shots that chilled my bottom to the bone….

Oh yes!

Also, some single flowers…

What a sky and what a flower!

That little cloud keeps getting in the photos doesn’t it!

Teeny weeny background cloud!

And finally my favourite photo (I think though the really close up one is a close second)….

Sigh!

That’s all!

See Ya xx

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Help!!

Please can anyone tell me

Why my blog just disappears

When I search with a tag once I’ve published

It ain’t there and it brings me to tears!

I put this out on the forum

But as yet there is silence from there

I don’t understand what’s happening

Very soon I shall start to swear

Where is my blog in the wordpressosphere search?

So here is what happens…

  1. I write my blog
  2. I put in my categories and tags
  3. I publish my post
  4. I get taken to ‘Congratulations you have published — number of posts’
  5. It then says….’here’s what other people have blogged on the same subjects as you’
  6. I go and have a look, expecting mine to be at the top of the list as I have just published….and it’s not there!

This has only happened this week. I think people following are getting emails when I have posted a blog. I have cleared cookies etc from my internet.

Two pics and one last poem to express myself

Grrrr! Again!

Poised to get rid of temper through foot!

Stamping foot

Clenching fist

I’m sure it’s something

I have missed!

So any help or advice?

Let’s see if it works with tags and searching once I’ve published this!

See Ya xx

You’ve taken a picture of that???

Yes I have…..

Yeuchhhhhh!

So, I went for a walk this afternoon to blow away the cobwebs and I chose the canal as my exercise arena.

A little way along I stopped to look into a side ditch of water to see what I could see! I casually leaned on the railing. Then I looked directly down and saw the s%%% looking stuff in the above picture!

‘Urghh,’ thought I, ‘I wonder what wretched creature did that? And I wonder if they sat on this railing and dropped that?’

Then I leapt back to check they hadn’t mis-dropped!….Phew, luckily not!

‘This needs a closer look!’ I thought and got down (and dirty!) to see….

Ohh there’s more!

Well I have to tell you, there was loads of ‘it’ and what ‘it’ was I knew not! I had a feeling ‘it’ was perhaps a fungus of some kind.

So I took another shot…

This one is about 1 and a half to 2 inches in size. The mushroom is minuscule!

And of course, I took another one…

But…what is it?

I shall tell you what it is. I have done extensive research using words like ‘fungus’ and ‘jelly’, using both search and images on google.

Any ideas what it might be?

Yep…that’s right……

Jelly Fungus!

So That’s Julia Jelly, Jenny Jelly, Jasmine Jelly and  Jillian Jelly all caught on camera!

Apparently you can eat it. And I say ‘you’- not me!

That’s all!

See Ya xx

Be berry berry careful!

Today the theme is poisonous berries…not necessarily a nice theme but there are some very beautiful berries out there.

Take this one-Deadly Nightshade, or as horticultural boffs might say Atropa Belladonna.

Here she is in varying shades of berry…..

Woody Nightshade you fool NOT Deadly nightshade!

Now then, you have caught me in the midst of a mistake, a faux pas, an idiot fool moment!

All my life I thought this plant was Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna) but literally 3 minutes ago, whilst checking my facts on the internet I found that this is the Woody Nightshade! Here’s a picture to go with a new fact for me!

Woody Nightshade!

So, whilst I’m reeling with the shock of my years of misinformation, another photo…

That’s WOODY NIGHTSHADE!

So it won’t kill you but it will:  increase bodily secretions and lead to vomiting and convulsions.

ie: Don’t eat it!

And finally, the beautiful purple flowers that come before the berries (Oh I’m all back to front and WRONG today!)

Very Pretty!

On to Black Bryony now which is lurking around my favourite scrumping patches. It drapes itself over blackberry bushes and elderberry trees and….here’s a photo of it doing just that…

Apparently Black Bryony is from the same family as the yam!

And, of course, a close up…

‘Bryony’ means ‘to be full to bursting!’

This is what Black Bryony will do to you: The berries are attractive and they can cause burning and blistering of the mouth and digestive system, resulting in vomiting and diarrhoea. The sap is also an irritant.

I think I will have to stop now as I feel I need to scour the internet for true facts about things I thought I knew! I may be away for some time!

See Ya xx

This is what it is…

Here’s my photo from yesterday’s blog of a mystery plant that is about 8 inches tall, pretty magnificent but without a name…

It is Ink Weed!

Thanks to JM who pointed me in the right direction with a suggestion of ‘Poke Weed’.

Now just a little aside, having looked up images of Ink Weed, I was innocently showing a lady I don’t know particularly well the results of the google search when she suddenly said….”Ooh what’s that?”

Imagine my horror when there amongst the images was a naked lady in a provocative pose!! I very quickly moved swiftly on whilst blushing almost as red as the Ink Weed’s berries! Anyway, here’s one of those photos (NO not the rude one….an internet photo of Ink Weed!)….

Definitely not as big as mine!

The websites with information about Ink Weed are from Australia and America and here are some quotes from them….

  • Not a legally declared Pest Plant. Often found in moist areas
  • Flower head-erect
  • Flowers-bisexual
  • Eradication strategies(!)-Drag a railway iron or similar across heavy infestations

I will certainly not employ the eradication strategy as I saw the plant in someone’s garden and I’m not sure it would be very neighbourly to begin the railway iron process!

I’m thinking that some of the quotes from various websites could be the reason for the saucy images on the same pages! Definitely some double entendre sort of words.

So-the mystery is solved! But one last thing…on my iPhoto there is the ability for it to recognise faces and I noticed that when looking at one of the photos, iPhoto wanted me to add a name….so I did….

Your name is Hank!

 

That’s all..

See Ya xx

But what is it?

Walking to the pub on Sunday (not back!) we saw this….

What a whopper!

 

It was about 8 inches long and quite amazing. However I have no idea what it is and am having problems finding it on the internet. Can anyone help?

Here’s a slightly different view of it…

Still don’t know what it is, but so shiny and lovely.

And just in case anyone horticultural is reading this (fat chance methinks), here is the leaf…

???

I have struggled to describe this when doing my search. Any help gratefully accepted.

See Ya xx

Have you guessed what it is yet?

Tell me your name oh hairy one!

I found this little beauty in my front garden, calmly climbing on a shrub. I have to admit that I have been a little cross with the behaviour of this year’s caterpillars as they have eaten my garden alive! However I am unable to hurt them so I just try to move them somewhere else (like the neighbours garden??? No not really!).

Anyway, I decided I needed to know what species it is…butterfly or moth??

Well, God bless the internet as I can now proudly reveal that this caterpillar will become a Grey Dagger moth. I haven’t a photo of my own of one of them but I have managed to find this on t’net.

Grey Dagger Moth

Here’s a glorious sweet pea, bursting and ready and so pleased to not be caterpillar food….

Sweet sweet pea

And now, with great subtlety, on to another sort of pea that I podded only last week. Couldn’t resist the photo opportunity!

Yum!

See Ya xx