Friday, 3 October 2008

Blooms and a bird........

The garden is blooming........summer and autumn mingle........Clematis Pink Fantasy is showing a second flush,
and there are still begonia,

sweet pea,
pelargoniums,


heleniums,
and japanese anemone in flower.......



Cyclamen are pretty flowers and brighten any garden BUT
the star for me is our native monkshood.........you only have to look at the blooms to see why it is so called.

And finally I had a visitor today, a grey wagtail. This is the first time I have seen one. I watched it catch a dragonfly and then it hopped to the pond for a drink. Not a good photograph as I had to take it from inside the house. Despite that you can see the beautiful yellow underparts. It is so exciting when you have a special visitor. It made my day.
Have a fun weekend...........









18 comments:

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Oh my it IS exciting! A Wagtail!!
I looked it up in my Birds of England book. Pretty bird!!
Always makes my day too when a new to me bird comes to visit.
Have a relaxing weekend.
Your gardens are just a delight.
Autumn birds, bugs and blooms in the Kent countryside are beautiful.
Thank you,
Sherry

CIELO said...

Hi Cheryl! Your garden is looking lovely, I love how the best of summer mingles with the beginning of autumn’s splendor making our garden sanctuaries a wonderful place to be and cherish…. Have a blessed weekend, sweet lady, and enjoy the grandeur of your garden as much as you can….

Hugs

Cielo

beckie said...

Cheryl, what lovely flowers you still have. The Monk's hood is delightful, I don't ever remember seeing one before, but the blue is wonderful. And the color of the pelargonium is one of my favorites. Aren't you the lucky one getting such a special visitor? I'm glad it made your day.:)

I do think I am getting some better. Still peeling like crazy and my skin feels like it has been burned, but no new spots and the itching is a little better. I think I have a long way to go though. Soon, I would like to discuss with you alternatives methods for dealing with the fribro. Than you so much for offering. Have a great weekend!

marmee said...

cheryl,
your pictures are just fabulous. looks like you got a new camera.
i love the begonia & pelargonium photos but they are all very very good. your blooms are beautiful.

Wendy said...

Your header is gorgeous! Love those bright berries. Sweet little bird. Little creatures do make our day, don't they?
Your flowers mingle well. I was tempted to put mine to bed today, it was sooo cold and windy.
Took my hibiscus in the house instead and left the marigolds, dahlias, and impatiens outside to continue blooming.
Have a good weekend...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my gosh, all those beautiful blooms then to have a wagtail visit your garden. WOW. I hope it sticks around and you get lots of good shots of it.

NCmountainwoman said...

I've never seen a wagtail. Thanks for the picture.

I just love the autumn flowers. Your photographs are wonderful.

Cheryl said...

Hi Sherry....it was so exciting to see the grey wagtail....when I saw the yellow underparts I thought it was the yellow wagtail (which is rarely seen here)......but this little chap was so lovely to see...to watch him catch the dragonfly and enjoy his lunch was fascinating (although I felt sorry for the beautiful creature).....
hope your heart is lighter today....

Cheryl said...

Hi Cielo...thank you for your lovely comments.....

Cheryl said...

Dear Beckie.....I do hope that you will improve quickly....it must be unbearable.......yes we will chat, I am not promising anything, but hey we have nothing to lose...I will do some deep research to see if there is anything that will help your condition........I hope and pray for you that I can find something........thinking of you.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Marmee....yes I have a new camera....we are having a love hate relationship at the moment....it seems to have a mind of its own, or perhaps its me not using it properly!!!! I will keep trying......

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....well I made a mistake, we had a frost light night, can't believe it.....very early for us.....
Hope all is well with you and hubby.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa.....I hope it stays for just a while....it would be lovely to have the opportunity to study him more.....

Tricia said...

Congrats on your Wagtail - such pretty birds. Like you, I once had a visit - and wish it would return :)

Rose said...

Cheryl, I've never heard of a wagtail before, such a pretty bird! The hummingbirds and goldfinches seem to have left our area, which makes me sad. But the robins and bluejays have been out in full force again.
So many pretty blooms in your garden! I've seen monkshood only in gardening catalogs; I can see why you like it so.
Have a good weekend, Cheryl.

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose....it is sad when species we love leave us.....the thing about birds is that they could come back........a pleasure waiting in the wings....

The monkshood is an eerie plant but I am fascinated by it....it is highly poisonous.......so anyone who has it in their garden should always wear gloves when handling the plant......

Rusty in Miami said...

I never seen a monk hood very interesting flower, it does look like a hood

Libbys Blog said...

It is a beautiful time of year, proabably my favourite!
The spiders webs in your previous post are really lovely!