This blog, mostly photographs with little text, is a record of another year in the life of our garden. For the derivation of the title 'Insnared with Flowers' (original spelling) click here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Better Late than Never...

 This waterlily plant was frozen under ice in the garden pond for two months last winter. It's taken all summer to produce this single bloom - but it was worth waiting for....

The Eucryphia flowers are past their best now but are still attracting bees and this red admiral butterfly.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer flowers

 The ubiquitous marmalade hoverfly on a marigold
 Rosa gallica versicolor
Gladiolus 'King's Lynn'

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

More Primary Colours,,,

The garden nasturtium Tropaeolum majus - a lot of reliable colour for very little effort...
Shirley poppy - I sowed a packet of seeds once, about a decade ago, and let them scatter their own seeds... I've had an unbroken supply of flowers in random places in the garden ever since.
Monk'shood Aconitum napellus - poisonous, but a lovely shade of violet-blue.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yellow flowers - heaven for pollen beetles

 A selection of yellow flowers in bloom at the moment, starting with Anthemis
 Evening primrose has a very long flowering period, right up until the first frosts.
Lady's bedstraw, a native wild flower that weaves its way between other plants in the border and fills the gaps with a mist of tiny yellow flowers.

 A lily whose label I lost long ago, but that blooms well every year, even in the current drought.
A few years ago I grew several Verbascum species that seeded themselves everywhere, so that a random assortment flowers every year - I can't remember what this large-flowered species is, but it's a very handsome plant.

The yellow knapweed Centaurea macrocephala. Those little black dots are pollen beetles, that are irresistibly drawn to yellow flowers - in vast numbers.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Just add light and water ....... and in about three weeks this will be a cucumber

Monday, July 4, 2011

An unusual view of an ox-eye daisy

These are the involucral bracts on the underside of the inflorescence, that protect it in bud and support the florets when the flower opens. For another view of this flower click here.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ripening Gooseberries

These will go deep purple when they're ripe, but just now they are still translucent and almost glow in the sun.