I find the autumn fruiting raspberries are much tastier than the summer ones. They fruit on canes they grow that year, rather than the previous season’s canes, as with the summer raspberries. Simply cut all the canes down to the ground in February and new canes will form and fruit the same year.
Cheltenham borough council have planted 75,000 square metres of wildflowers in the local parks. This particular patch had a mix of seeds which included Flanders poppies to commemorate the centenary of WWI, Ammi majus (Bishops Flower), red flax and cosmos. These urban wildflower meadows are so uplifting to look at and the insects were loving them too. Well done Cheltenham BC – may other councils follow your example!
Lily beetles can decimate your lily plants. Learn to identify the signs of lily beetle attack and how to spot the culprit! This lily beetle had been munching its way through the leaves on my lilies today. I spotted the tatty leaves and went hunting for the little red devil! When disturbed, these beetles often fall off the plants and lie upside down on the soil where they cannot be so easily seen. I also found the eggs it had laid on the underside of the leaves.
The tulips stayed firmly shut today, due to lack of sun, but we can still enjoy the curves and subtle markings.
A selection of tulip images available for licencing
Finally got round to cutting the dead flowers on the Amaryllis. Previously featured on Day 12 and Day 20 of this 365 Project. This one bulb has produced two stems containing four flowers each over a two month period. They have provided so much interest during a dreary time of year and have been good value for money!
It was another dull and miserable day today, so I didn’t go outside looking for a photograph. As always when you least expect to find a photo opportunity, I came across this beautiful sight in a car park! Luckily I had my compact camera with me – which just goes to shows a photographer should always carry a camera everywhere!
These cherry-sized crab apples really brightened up the gloom and was surprised the birds hadn’t eaten them.
This is a macro of the Amaryllis I posted when it was still in bud. This is Amaryllis Red Lion – a bold and striking flower, but at the same time delicate.