Forget-me-nots in Shropshire

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Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of Forget-me-nots bursting out from a crevice in the stone steps leading to the top part of his Shropshire garden. It is mid-April and the Forget-me-nots are flowering in profusion all over the garden where they have self seeded in their profligacy.

Bumble Bee on Lobelia Flowers photographed by Anthony J Sargeant

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Just one month ago

Just one month ago

Tony took this photograph in his Shropshire (UK) garden just one month ago on 29th September 2015 when bumble bees and butterflies were still feeding and flying. This bumble bee is grazing on a pot of lobelia. But now it seems an age ago as we sink into the dark and fog of late autumn.

The intensity of the purple lobelia is lovely

Anthony Sargeant photographed this butterfly (3) in his Shropshire Garden this summer.

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Photographed in September 2015

Photographed in September 2015

Tony Sargeant took this photograph of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) in the garden of his Shropshire (UK) home in September 2015. It has particularly lovely pale blue little arrowhead markings along the trailing edge of its wings. It is feeding on a buddleia (often known as ‘The Butterfly Plant’ – and for very good reason).

Anthony Sargeant photographed these Red Admiral butterflies (2) in his Shropshire Garden this summer.

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Photographed on 25th September 2015

Photographed on 25th September 2015

Red Admiral Butterfly - another view

Tony Sargeant photographed this Red Admiral butterfly on the 25th September 2015 in the garden of his Shropshire home. Although called a ‘Red’ Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) the markings are more orange than red.

Is this another example of a plant or animal being named in English before we had a separate name for the colour orange ? Hence we speak of the bird as ‘Robin Red-breast’ – when clearly it has orange not red on his breast plumage. I think the first use of orange as a colour doesn’t appear in English until the 16th century.

Anthony Sargeant photographed these butterflies (1) in his Shropshire Garden this summer.

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Photographed on 29th September 2015

Photographed on 29th September 2015

Small White butterfly another view

It has been a very strange summer with cool weather and breezes affecting flowering of many plants (sweet peas did very badly in our garden this year). As a consequence pollinating insects were also affected – butterflies in particular were late in appearing. Tony Sargeant photographed these Small White butterflies (Pieris rapae) at the end of September. They are quite difficult to capture on film because they seem to dwell on briefly on the blossoms and seem more sensitive to any movement in the vicinity.

Autumn ‘veils’ photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on the Cotoneaster by his garden gate

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Photographed by the front gate of his Shropshire home by Anthony J Sargeant

Photographed by the front gate of his Shropshire home by Anthony J Sargeant

Photographed in the early morning while still covered in the dew of a misty autumn morning in Shropshire (UK) – a light diaphanous veil lies over all the hedgerows and bushes. Anthony Sargeant took this photograph on the morning of the 19th September 2015.

Roses photographed by Anthony J Sargeant in their very late repeat flowering

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Tony photographed this rose (Queen of Sweden) which has only just produced its second flush of blooms in this very strange cool summer – welcome nonetheless but very late on the 17th September 2015. The rose is well established and normally it would repeat flower in August – but cool summer temperatures and breezy weather have delayed everything.

Anthony J Sargeant photographed this rose in his Shropshire (UK) garden.

Anthony J Sargeant photographed this rose in his Shropshire (UK) garden.