Darren W. Rees

Category: Nature Diary

Mr Happy Wasp

Mr Wasp on the car window I swear I’ve not photoshopped a smile in his face. He was just happy.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly

I am guessing this is some sort of Tortoiseshell Butterfly, but welcome any second opinions! Spotted loving the Verbena Bonariensis (Purple Vervain) in the garden this sunny afternoon today.

A man and his pet snail walk into a bar

A man and his pet snail walk into a bar. It’s about 5pm, but they’re ready for a good night of drinking. They start off slowly, watching TV, drinking beer, eating peanuts. As…

Cinnabar Moth, an ex-Moth

Noticing lots of these moths this year.  I found this one today… he had expired… He was an ex-moth.

Smells of Summer #3 (Lavender, Broad Bean)

The smell of lavender in the afternoon sun and the smell of freshly cut and popped broad beans.

Smells of Summer #2 (Valerian)

Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis).  Been flowering for the past few weeks and the familiar fragrance has been  wafting around the garden.

Smells of Summer #1 (Elderflower, Blackcurrant)

Elderflower a couple of weeks ago using this recipe to make elderflower champagne.  The recipe is taken from ‘The Allotment Book’ by Andi Clevely. Then today… blackcurrant bushes, picking blackcurrant for jam and…

Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) spotted in garden last year.   I love this description from UK butterflies… “Looking like a tatty Small Tortoiseshell“.

Ringlet butterfly

Ringlet Butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus) spotted in a meadow yesterday.  Common throughout British Isles and Europe.

Aztrantia, Valerian, Geranium and Plums

Aztrantia looks stunning in the garden this weekend.  Valerian flowered recently and very fragrant.  Geranium all showy and attracting the bumble bees.  Victoria Plums look healthy… fingers crossed for this year’s crop.

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