Wednesday, 19 August 2009


As usual it's been a busy week. Everything is growing at an alarming rate. Tumbledown Farm is beset by builders and Ma Tumbledown is due in hospital at the end of the week, so tensions are a little high. The goats and cats are oblivious to it all and and the garden is buzzing with an unusually high number of hover flies this week.

Hover fly on chocolate cosmos.

Hover flies on Echinacea 'White Swan.'

Hover fly on cosmos.

Hover fly on fennel.

Hover fly on cow parsley.

The Tumbledown apple trees are growing heavy with a bumper crop of apples this year, much to the birds delight as they are always the main beneficaries.


Anonymous said...

Some nice clouds ar sunset. (Though not quite so turned on by the ploughed field).
The cosmos and fennel hoverflies are nice and sharp. Whatever do you need a better lens for.
Echinacea white Swan. I got one from a GC, for its symbolism, and have some seedlings. Though I prefer the red ones for looks.
What the heck does kiwi in a hawthorn mean.

Rothschild Orchid said...

Hi Gary,

Kiwi in the Hawthorn means just that, like the wisteria and cow parsley! Tumbledown Farm is joy of unusual plant combinations. It once had a glorious garden but after many years of neglect it is now a quirky mix of wild and classical. Not only do we have wisteria underplanted by a corridor of cow parsley but we have a kiwi fruit that has gone wild, burst through the old greenhouse and it is now growing 20ft up a hawthorn tree in the goat yard. We can't complain though, it produces wonderful fruit ;o)

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Anonymous said...

Sorry to read you have some troubles at home. I know a little about having had elderly parents. That's what needs your attention.

The problem of Viola in 'Ethel the Pirate's Daughter' was one of duty, to state and Queen; as was Hamlet's as Prince.

We are all in the hands of Fate.

VP said...

The hoverflies seem to have appeared from nowhere over the past couple of weeks and they're most welcome.

Hope everything goes well with your mum.

HappyMouffetard said...

You can never have enough hoverflies. I always feel it's a privilege when they deign to land on your finder.

I do hope that Ma Tumbledown is soon back at Tumbledown Farm and in good health.

Rothschild Orchid said...

Thanks for the good wishes. Mum is back home today and hopefully on the mend, although she is in a lot of pain right now.

Laura said...

Nature Life needs protection =)