The flower beds near the entrance are spilling over with variety and colour.
An acrobatic bee.
A feather caught on a couple of fuchsias.
Drifts of colour - some intermingling at the edges, others more contained in sections like a floral patchwork.
Looking at the details.
More of these opening their shaggy mop-like flowers
Red grass flowers dangling.
Red "trees" in front of a "field of rape seed flowers"?
Hover fly coming in to land.
Gorgeous pink group with almost luminous yellow and light green centres.
More happy bees - no need to share, there's one flower each!
Oh what's this? A small tree towards the back of the herbaceous border has lantern like pods on it. It's a young golden rain tree with its pods forming earlier than the pods on the older tree further round.
I love these starry Cosmos centres. If you've read my blog before you might be getting fed up with me saying this but they are so neat! Long brown cylinders with yellow starry tips emerging from star shaped containers - starting from the outside of the circle and working in to the middle - all those stars in the middle waiting to burst out.
Cosmos flowers - such a range of colours!
Woops another middle has slipped in!
Tiny flowers and seed pods.
Salvia hot lips - tiny pops of bright red and white.
Masses of healthy looking lily of the valley plants next to the fence - flowers long gone.
I forgot to get a close up of these - maybe next time if there are any left.
A jumble of colour.
A butterfly with tattered wings - it had no trouble flying though.
Light through big leaves. I'm not sure if the "flowers" are anything to do with the leaves - they seemed to be coming from a smaller plant further forwards.
Frilly skirts of double fuchsias.
Hops - and yet again I missed the development of the hop "flowers". Last time I looked I'm sure it was all a mass of leaves.
It was definitely a butterfly day - so many flitting around, some circling in pairs but not many settling down to have their photographs taken. This pretty little one obliged.
No idea what these are - they look like clusters of popcorn dangling down.
Big and bright flower and a bee with wings that glitter.
I spent ages by the pond - first of all trying to photograph little fish. I was busy taking photos of the young ones at the top when I noticed the tiny ones which looked about the size of tadpoles.
The edge of the pond was teeming with tiny ones basking in the sunlight.
and another blur on this photo - sunlight catching on the fast moving wings.
One last dragonfly blur photo!
I was just taking a last photo of the pond intending to leave when . . .
. . . a heron soared between the trees and landed on the rock.
It ruffled its feathers . . .
Then it decided to step down to the waters edge.
Yes I got completely carried away taking photos!
And I missed its dramatic flight!
Last couple of photos - wonderful reflections in the clear water.
Thank you very much for joining me.