I decided today that I would take a trip around the garden to see what I could show you. I am more than a little worried that the weather forecast is threatening us with violent storms and hail tomorrow. These pictures may well not be possible afterwards. I will take what precautions I can, but it is impossible to protect the whole garden. The plums, apples and the hazel nuts are looking fantastic, I hate to think what heavy hail may do to them. See last years storm HERE. Thankfully the roof has now been completely redone, so I hope that problem has been solved.
Only after I got back into the house and loaded the pictures on to the computer did I notice a well disguised spider sitting on this Granny Smith apple.
My artichokes are quite small this year and a bit disappointing.
Green beans (haricot) climbing the bamboo, cucumber plants in the foreground and potatoes in the background.
Swiss Chard with a potato flower hiding behind.
Very hot chillie plant in flower. The green peppers are at the same stage.
In France these are called courgettes as are most of the squash family.
I have a fridge full of lettuce. The heat of the last few days has pushed them all to the limit at the same time!
My first digging of potatoes.
The tomatoes are still green.
I am not sure what this shrub is, but it looks beautiful at the moment. As the flowers fall, so it will turn red with berries that the birds just love. Susan has kindly told me this is Cetonia Sp.
It seems before the birds get to the berries, these quite large beetles (about 20 to 25mm long) are enjoying the flowers. There are many all over the whole shrub. I have done a search, and I suspect this may be Liocola marmorata, but I would be happy if someone can give me a confirmed identification. Joan says:- That is one of the Fruit Chafer Beetles belonging to the Scarabaeidae family.