I got back in the early hours of Saturday morning and spent the weekend catching up on mountains of damp, musty, muddy washing.
On Monday I headed for Coombe Wood again - camera batteries fully charged.
Colourful plants have spread out and are filling the flowerbeds
There are various little flower spikes bursting out on bushes along the path up to the steps (maybe varieties of buddleia?) . . . some like little fluffy pompoms others like spiky bottle brushes
Turning the corner from the top of the steps I walked on towards the prairie bed. My goodness - a lot more flowers are open there - what a riot of colour and it's lovely to see so many bees
I love these pink flowers. I have some of my own in a tub - a gift from Cornwall from neighbours thanking me for watering their pots and tubs while they were away. They look really lovely in a big clump in the prairie bed - I hope my little clump spreads.
I really like the colour combination of the purply round spiky blue flowers next to the tall red flowers with the yellowy orange flashes of colour behind.
These were covered in bees
I like the curls as the spiky petals open and make the balls look softer and fluffier
Allium seed heads
This flower caught my eye because it was bobbing about as the bumble bee feasted on it
Bright flowers with fascinating middles . .
Smaller flowers in various stages of opening
More happy bees
The orangey yellow flowers stood out well against the dark blue in the background
Bright yellow flower with very neatly gathered petals attached to a beautifully patterned middle. I'll be watching these to see what happens next to the middles.
Sunflower with orange and red streaked petals and wonderful seeds developing
A profusion of little lilac coloured rounded bells
and even more happy bees
Poppy seed head
There are still wild poppies in the wild flower bed - with more buds ready to open
Slim pink petals and a massive middle - I must have a closer look at the middle next time
and even more happy bees (or striped insects - I can't tell the difference) These have lovely stripes
This one looks as if it's wings are far too small but they worked fine
and this one is tiny
Interesting twisty seed pods developing
Poppy seed heads - with their hairy stems catching the light
Tiny flowers almost lost among the folliage - I haven't noticed these before
It looks as if these growing tips of this little plant have been dipped in purple dye
Splashes of colour
I went to Coombe Wood again on Wednesday morning to meet my sister and one of my daughters. I didn't take many photos on that trip because we spent most of the time chatting in the cafe courtyard and we only had a very short walk but here are a few that I took that day to end with.
The Golden Rain tree showing why it has that name.
There certainly were a lot of very busy bees around again
Evidence of a celebration
I love the colour of this agapanthus
This little bees pollen paniers seem extremely full
As we were nearing the gate to leave I noticed these little blue flowers with splashes of white which caught the light.
Thank you very much for joining me.