Thought I’d do something a little different for today’s post and share some photos. I take inspiration from two awesome bloggers that I follow, Clare at A Suffolk Lane and Linda at Walkin’ Writin’ Wit & Whimsy.
The photos they share always draw me in and I love seeing the world from different locations. As a nature lover, I get such great joy from seeing their photographs.
With this pandemic still steaming ahead, and lockdowns still in place, we don’t get out as often we’d like. So when we can, we try and take advantage of spending some time within nature.
My partner and I take full use of the daily outdoor exercise permitted (always adhering to social distancing!) and we are lucky that close to our home is a nice walking path and there are lots of trees, bushes and fields so we get to see nature in all her glory.
We are also blessed with a small front garden and a good size back garden. And while we’ve not really done anything with them yet since we’ve only been in our house a year, we have had the chance to see what flowers live in these small scratches of land.
When I was growing up, daisies were everywhere. Lawns and grass verges were carpeted with them. That faded due to constant mowing, weed killers and returfing. But now I’m seeing a resurgence of daisies. We have several crops of them in our garden and my partner mows around them for the bees.
Dotted throughout the edges of the lawn, I found these really small purple flowers. Again, my partner (without any asking) mowed around them and didn’t strim too close. He knows me so well and understands how seeing the wildflowers makes me happy.
This dazzler was hidden behind our Wolfsbane (which hasn’t flowered yet, so I couldn’t snap a picture).
While wandering around the garden and crouching down to snap photos of daisies, I looked up under the hedge we have and found another of those dark pink flowers growing very well in the depth of the hedge. 🙂
I am ALMOST sure these clusters of tiny blue flowers are Forget-Me-Knots.
I was delighted to find we have Bluebells growing in our front garden right under the window. I had originally thought there were only daffodils here but when they started to die away, these pretty bells appeared. 🙂
I may also be one of the few people who don’t hate dandelions. I appreciate the role these sunny wildflowers have for our bees and other pollen drinkers as they come up early in the year.
I even like the look of the clock dandelion… not so much after its seeds get into my flower pots, but still, they are pretty in a-way.
This pretty Peacock (I think) butterfly stayed settled on the dandelion giving my partner a great shot of the full wing expanse while we were out for our walk.
I haven’t identified this lovely white butterfly yet. There are a lot of white butterfly species in the UK. It was fluttering around a lot and we were lucky to snap this picture as moments later it was off again 🙂
I hope you enjoyed seeing these nature shots from Northern Ireland and to all my more knowledgeable gardening friends, if you recognise the names of any of the flowers above that I hadn’t identified, please let me know!