17th April to 29th April 2020

April 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Journal of the Plague Year

Part 4: I got a year tick!

I shall just name what you see and add the occasional comment. Enjoy!

This batch of photos is a mix of iphone images and images from my Canon 5Dsr with a 100mm macro lens. Spring flowering now at its best and it's been a very good season for blossom on our trees and shrubs.

Andrena barbilaris - soil nesting bee [I think!]

Solomon's seal. Beloved of sawfly caterpillars.

Welsh poppy: a weed, I suppose, but we quite like it. And, after all, a weed is only defined as a plant you don't like or want.

Dwarf iris pumila. 

Mouse plant: arisarum proboscideum. You can see its tail.


Speckled wood butterfly on camellia flower.

Lathyrus aureus - apparently rarely grown commercially because germination is so erratic but we have a few plants that have just appeared over the years in our gravel paths. they've then been potted up and grown on. 

Greenbottle lucilia semicarta.  On perennial honesty

Another andrena species of mining bee, I think.

Cranesbill - a variety of true geranium and bluebells nearly in flower.

Beeflies are very much in the news for some reason. I've only recently learnt to identify them with confidence, probably because there's been a good number in the garden and I've been around more than usual. Anyway, here's a few photos with the close up lens of  a dark-edged bee-fly.

And here's Harry, the scarecrow in our vegetable garden. 

These bee allies are very tricky to identify with confidence. Here's another. Hoverfly? All suggestions welcome!

Red tulips, speckled wood on honesty.

Blue dwarf lathyrus: just appeared as a self-seedling.

Darmera peltata. Flowers before the leaves appear. Damp ground.

Seed grown paeony mascula

Bluebells have now opened as has the uvularia grandiflora.

I like to try to get sharp images of these insects but I'm sorry I can't name these two.

Lysichiton americanus - impressive pond plant along with the kingcup or caltha palustris

Orange tip butterfly

I call it a flowering gooseberry. officially it's the fuchsia-flowered gooseberry or ribes speciosum.

Now for something else... When in lockdown there are other interests to pursue. Here's Hurricane [so named because he's so very slow] at full speed with a short train of slate wagons powering his way through the cutting...

There. That'll do for now. More next time. If all is well....


The year tick? 5 swifts over the house so far. Pair of pied wagtails seen every day so must be nesting locally. Buzzard frequent too on warmer days. Goldcrests still around in the conifers. Life can go on without us - in fact I think it responds well to the quieter lives we humans are leading.

151 UK 2020


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