The car park was full so I had to park over the road. This meant I walked past part of the pond that I don't usually have a good look at. I think this might be a gunnera. It has pine tree shaped flowers on it.
This might be a candelabra primula. It has at least four tiers and maybe another one coming at the top. I've seen these in strong shades of red, orange and yellow before but I don't remember seeing one in this bright pink . . .
. . . or the pale pinky orange behind it.
Damsel flies were swooping about in the sunshine. A couple of them stopped and posed on leaves for a short while.
I haven't noticed these pinky red flowers by the pond before . . .
. . . or this red one - it looks like a bit like a tea cosy.
Even more of these cheerful white flowers have burst out.
Little yellow flowers on thick fleshy stems.
Foxgloves starting to open.
Unknown buds - mystery flowers on their way.
Little yellow flowers pushing through the daisies.
The prairie bed was being watered.
Love-in-a-mist opening to show their crazy centres.
The red flowers that look like party blowers - the gardener did tell me what they were called but I've forgotten - I really must write things down.
Some new flower spikes are forming by the side of the pathway that goes towards the steps - they have lovely red stems with downy hairs which catch the sunlight.
The palm flowers I have photographed the last few times I've been there are developing incredibly rapidly.
Further on there are a few delicate pink bells remaining.
I'd forgotten about the shrub that produces buds that look like iced gem biscuits. I had noticed this one for the first time last year.
The bees are still enjoying the rhododendrons.
These seem like lantern shaped pods from a distance but it's easier to see that they are flowers now they've opened.
Some of the bleeding heart flowers are beginning to turn into seeds pods.
I find it really interesting to notice what a lot of different kinds of bees there are. This is quite a round one.
Little blue flowers peeping through the foliage.
What a strange coloured iris - rust coloured?
The pink peonies are on their way. I love these - when they're open they remind me of pink meringues or bridesmaids' tiered and ruffled frilly dresses.
Butterfly or moth? No idea but it was tiny and very pretty . . .
. . . and there was another one on another flower - they're similar but this one has white stripes on its body,
The wild flower bed seems to have grown several inches each time I go to Coombe Wood. Some little flowers are opening around the edge.
The water sprayer had been moved over to a different area of the prairie bed.
The gardener was trimming a plant next to the big hut.
These big poppy buds will look fabulous when they open.
A glimpse back - the gardener has nearly finished giving that shrub a haircut.
By the gate - really tiny flowers with a little beetle . . .
. . . and the moss stems which were such a bright green not long ago have turned brown now.
Thank you very much for joining me.