We're in a hot spell again. Even at this hour - 11 am - it's almost too hot to be outside. At least for me, anscestor of the Vikings as I am. But some creatures find the weather delightful.
The small tortoiseshell butterflies are feasting on Nepeta faassenii. There are loads of butterflies flying around. A very pretty sight.
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The bees are also busy. They are everywhere - and they seem to love Rosa rugosa 'Rugspin' in particular! - I don't blame them- the scent is delightful!
And the big, hairy Bumble bees are really a hard workers. From early morning till late at night, they fly around doing their chores. I just love them! And they love my roses... This rose is called 'Gloire des Rosomanes' and it's a lovely, carefree china rose with a gorgeous scent.
We've also had a hedge hog visiting our garden. My old dog barked like mad and the hedgehog curled up and just waited until we disappeared inside the house. What else have we got? - Well, birds of course, but also a couple of blindworms. They live in one of the composts, but when I went out to take a photo of them this morning, they were outside their house - probably on their way to get some food...
The one creature that I miss in my garden, is the frog. I've dug a very small pond - but so far no frogs to be seen. The pond is probably too small, so I'll have to be content with the fake one.
But mosquitoes and gnats thrive in the pond...they walk and sleep on the surface!
My holidays are spent at a slow pace, in my garden, tending to my new puppy and my old dog. I don't get very much done - but this is the kind of vacation I like the most! Just to take every day as it comes.... /Katarina