Two Old World Swallowtails have been visiting my garden and I finally got a few shots today!
They don‘t settle for long though!
Have you had any pretty visitors today?
I visited a garden today – in Cornwall, England.
Absolutely beautiful! 🌸
And then I popped into one in Derbyshire later on.
How did I do that, you may ask? Do I have a private jet? A helicopter? Can I beam myself from Bavaria to England? (Wish I could!)
No, I looked at NGS charity website and clicked on the button for Virtual Garden Visits.
When it became clear that the NGS (National Garden Scheme) gardens would be unable to open their gates to the public in spring in order to raise money for the nurses they support, the charity decided to share some virtual garden tours on their website instead. At the peak of the lockdown this was such a wonderful way to while away a few hours and escape reality, viewing some enchanting gardens all across Britain.
Well, with some of the restrictions being lifted in the UK, most of the gardens are now open at last, albeit with the booking of time slots as a requirement. Details of the gardens are up-to-date on the website and booking a time slot can be done online too. It‘s really easy.
If you can‘t visit one yourself, or there isn‘t one near you, do take a look at some of the virtual tours instead. And perhaps you might consider making a small donation while you are on the website? The charity has almost reached its target of £100,000 for its Help Support our Nurses campaign launched in April. Every little helps.
And here is a mini tour of my own garden in Bavaria as it stands so far. 😃
Each Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden leads this meme where we are asked to share a vase using materials from our gardens.
It is a damp grey Monday here, so a vase is just what we need to brighten up the kitchen. It has been very hot, so the rain and cooler temperatures today are so welcome! The Alchemilla has flopped in the rain, so that was a clear choice for the framework of my vase this week.
My Herb Bed contains some Hypericum perforatum which flowered bang on time for midsummer‘s day again as well as this dark-leafed one which isn‘t quite flowering yet. In fact I thought it was a goner when it got frozen back by freezing East winds in the early spring. But it has bounced back.
It is planted near the pale green Hypericum, these red Geums (G. chiloense ‘Blazing Sunset’) and the yellow Anthemis tinctoria, which is a pleasing combination.
And since I was in the Herb Bed I decided to cut some of the Lemon Balm which is getting rather vigorous. I must admit I never use it, preferring my Lemon Verbena for tea. But when I was putting a few sprigs in the vase with all that frothy Alchemilla I couldn‘t help but think of lemonade!
Some Stipa tenuissima (also in the Herb Bed), a broken stem of Calamagrostis (the sparrows?) and a Nigella seedhead saved from a previous vase were added as extras.
And my first Scabiosa ochroleuca to flower went in too. Love that plant… a seedling I brought over from my old garden has grown into a substantial plant, so I hope it will reseed as freely here too.
Do visit Cathy to see her vase – and all the other vases being shared today. 😃