Earlier this week I took my grandsons to Cooper’s Hill in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Whilst they were climbing trees and having fun I was spotting fungi. And then I found some purple fungi…..I’ve never seen purple fungi before so I was very excited and out came the trusty camera. Research led me to finding out that they are called Amethyst Deceivers and are edible (though I’m not going to be frying them up for dinner!).
This is probably going to be the first of a few fungal blogs as there were so many different ones at Cooper’s Hill!
We have many stinking irises in our garden-they are very hardy and will survive almost anything including very vigorous hack backs by myself! They are so prevalent that I sometimes forget how pretty the flowers are and how striking the seeds and seedpods too…..
And here’s the seed pod….
Now sometimes I can be inspired towards poetry and today I found myself pondering the rather brutal name of such a pretty flower and why someone would have called it a ‘Stinking Iris’ when I have never detected unpleasantness in its vicinity…..ahem…..
An Ode to the Stinking Iris..
1) Oh what, pray tell, did you ever do
To deserve such a horrid name?
For surely you are pretty
Who can be the one to blame?
2) Was it that chap who crushed your leaves
And you, in your defence,
Released a rather pongy smell
An odour quite immense!
3) “Oh me oh my,” he shouted
“What stench assaults my nose?”
He glares at the poor dear iris
While the stink around him grows!
4) He snarled, “I am a botanist
And you have got me thinking
Your name is no longer just ‘iris’
I’ve added the adjective ‘stinking!”
Well-if you wanted to find out more about “Iris Foetidissima” click here.
We picked the perfect day last week to visit Wisley….what an amazing place with floral displays that were second to none. Being a dahlia fan, I was hoping they’d have a good selection and I wasn’t disappointed! Look……………
So you see, I was a very happy dahlia-loving bunny!
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……….
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!!
On our recent holiday to Costa Rica, I was amazed at the vivid brightness of the flowers that were everywhere! But first, where did we see them? Here’s a map of Costa Rica and a cunningly placed arrow showing where I took the photos of these particular flowers! Tortuguero-which is on the Caribbean side of the country-is very hot and surprisingly wet for the dry season! I think they should rename their seasons ‘The Wet Season’ and ‘The Even Wetter Season”!