Yesterday was a bit showery (we had outrageous thunderstorms in the evening), so G and I mostly just played it cool at home. During a break in the rain we went down to the garden to get out of the house, and had a marvelous time looking for critters and finding out what was in bloom around the house. Here are a few shots from our time in the back yard.
Not pictured are the hooded crows, great tits, magpies, woodpeckers, and all of the other birds we saw, a cat slinking across the grass next door, a lizard sunning itself on the wall, a ladybug that landed on G’s shoulder, and anything else that was too fast for the camera. It’s incredible, though, what you can encounter in your own yard if you just spend a bit of time observing things closely.
We planted a fig last year, and although we’ll be moving before they ripen, I’m pleased to see it producing fruit.
These beetles are so gorgeous
Love the iridescence on these little guys
Bees are always welcome
We’ve become addicted to all things elderflower/berry, called ‘bodza’ here in Hungary.
Love the campanula
And the clematis
G tooling around the lawn on his bike
Whizzing by on the bike
Gotta love iris
Last year’s horse chestnut case
We’ve got a LOT of snails in the garden
Our little fig
Pansies are so pedestrian, yet so pretty
Stripy snail, just before I relocated him (at high velocity) from my vegetable garden
I’m totally cool with the snails munching the grass, but not so much when they munch on my bean plants
They’re either kind of cute or completely hideous close up, depending on your point of view
We’ve got a ton of rose bushes in the garden, and the scent is simply delicious
Our sugar snap peas – we may be here just long enough to get an early harvest
The scent of thyme is always intoxicating
Tiny, tiny bee on a rose
These droplets are on the nasturtiums that I planted at the front of the vegetable garden
Nasturtiums are both pretty and great to eat. The blossoms look amazing in salads
Don’t even know what these are. Lovely, though. If you can identify them let me know.
There are treasures, and magic, and miracles in your very own yard. You just have to take a few moments to find them. Or to let them find you.