Friday, 4 July 2014

Quilting update.

I previously posted about the sewing group I have joined who are making a quilt for Llanyravon Manor.  We are making good progress with the sewing and are now joining the many pieces together.  These are photos of the group taken in May when we had just started the process of bringing it all together

Couldn't fit everybody in one picture

This day we were trying to decide which way to join all the pieces. There are so many options.  I preferred the one above but I was in the minority so the one at the bottom is what we are doing. 

This photo taken on Tuesday shows the progress.  It is coming along really well. 

One of the women brought a quilt in to show us that she has been making for many years, she said about 20! Yes they are often long term projects but well worth it in the end.  Gail, standing on the right is the one who is making it.  So lovely. 

I am thinking of starting one of my own, using the pattern Gail is doing rather than the diamonds in the one we are doing.  Maybe a small one! Bought several fabrics this week so deciding which ones to use.  Maybe the top left as I bought two packs of that one. 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Injured Dragonfly.

I have quite a number of dragonflies emerging from my pond this year and will post more about them in another post.  I found this one dragonfly quite a way from the pond, about 3 metres. Not sure whether at had emerged and flown there (unlikely) or it had crawled there as a nymph and emerged there. I couldn't see any signs of its exuvia (outer case of nymph.).  It was attached to a plant with his wings closed as though it hadn't yet managed to fly.  Its wings were bent at the end as though it hadn't been able to fully expand them. 

This was 2 days ago and I have been watching but it still has not opened its wings.  I have just tried to open them and found that it only has three wings instead of the usual four.  It did start to move when I separated them so will keep an eye it to see if it manages to fly off.  It must be in need of food by now after all the effort it has been through to emerge. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Seen today at Newport Wetlands

Really enjoy walking round Newport Wetlands and today it was lovely with the temperature reaching 23C.
I took many photos but not many good ones.  Here are the best.

Tall Melilot

Six spot Burnet moth on bird's-foot trefoil

Caterpillar of peacock butterfly on stinging nettles

Red Dead Nettle

View of the Severn Estuary

Large Skipper Butterfly, looks like a moth to me but apparently not!

                                                                 Cinnabar moth on Ragwort 



Burnet moths mating. To the left of them is an empty cocoon. and below is another cocoon, a bit out of focus though.
The larvae construct paper-like cocoons high up on slender grass stems to make it tricky for birds to attack. When the moths emerge the empty black pupa cases are left sticking out of the cocoons.

 This is a ringlet butterfly. They are generally brown but there are variations. This one is very dark without the usual spots.  Below is the underwing view which does have the typical spots. 

The following pictures are all of Marsh Helleborine which belong to the orchid family.  Couldn't decide which I liked best so posted them all. 

Caterpillar of the Oak Eggar moth

Friday, 20 June 2014

Herb Garden pictures

A while since I posted again so here are the latest photos of my herb garden and Spiky the hedgehog.

Friday, 30 May 2014

New herb garden.

In the small area of garden at the side of the house there was a ground cover conifer which was camouflaging a manhole cover. As it was becoming rather large and untidy looking I had it removed and was left with the problem of how to hide the manhole.  Around the manhole there were also several rocks so I think originally it had been a small rock garden.  I decided to keep the rocks and make it into a herb garden. 

After spreading the contents of my compost bin around the area I started the planting with four different varieties of thyme this was in mid April. The bees love thyme and they are good ground cover plants. 

When I visited the RHS flowers show I bought a few more herbs.  Mint, cat mint, sage and borage.

Here is Poppy sampling the cat mint, I think she likes it. 

When I went to the spring Fayre at Llanyravon Manor I bought some wooden signs for my herb garden. There were five in the set. They were made by some disabled people and they were kind enough to make me five more different ones. 

I planted the mint in a pot so it won't spread everywhere.  



  Everything planted

 Next I planted some trailing plants in planters to put on the manhole in the hope that they will eventually trail over it to hide it. 

 This lavender I had growing in a pot for a couple of years on my patio so it now has a place in the herb garden

 These photos taken today, 30th May, to show how everything is growing. 

 Poppy has to get in the photo. 

Borage will be flowering any day now. 

 The marjoram, oregano and chives were growing in my rock garden so I moved some here with some Rosemary too which is not doing very well just yet.

It has been mentioned to me that it looks like a graveyard!