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Monday, 4 July 2011

Explosive in pink!




July Fireworks - Valerian (Centranthus ruber)

Just a few quick words to wish my American friends a very 

Happy 4th of July!


Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellartarum) on Valerian.

I nipped out into the garden at 7am this morning before it got too hot to snap a visitor to the garden who is rather taken with the Valerian. The first time I saw a hummingbird hawk month I thought it was a real hummingbird and was a little disapointed to find that it was a moth. However, as it is such an amazing sight to behold I am always thrilled to see it.


Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Valerian.

 Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Valerian.


Thank you for all your lovely comments about The Noodle. He is doing really well, growing oh so fast and keeping me very busy. I love every minute I spend with him even if he does like to keep me on my toes! Last week I took him for his first stroll around a garden. He absolutely loved it, giggled and cooed the whole time; so I have high hopes for him on the gardening front -OK OK I know he is only 4 1/2 months old but you have to start them early right?


 The Noodle in his chariot on our first garden visit together :o)

More to come on our first garden visit together soon...


19 comments:

jeansgarden said...

When I saw a post from you, I hoped it would include a baby photo as well as plant photos. Your undergardener-in-training is a cutie. How is Stilton adjusting to the competition? -Jean

Rothschild Orchid said...

Hi Jean,

It is lovely to hear from you :o)

I hope to do more of an update post in the near future. The Noodle is growing so quickly he changes from day to day. He has just learnt how to turn himself over this week, and I don't think crawling will be too far off.

Stilton is not particularly impressed with my little sausage roll. His nose is somewhat out of joint as I feared it would be, but he is still getting lots of love and cuddles too. I have to share my lap with Edwin and Stilton most days, Edwin has the left knee and Stilton the right!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Hi RO

It's great to hear from you and lovely to see little Edwin there in the garden with you.

I think your photograph is just fab - I've never been able to capture a hummingbird hawk moth like this before as all my attempts have so far been blurred. We don't see them up here as much as you do down south butI'm hoping one will visit my Valerian soon too though 7am is a bit too early for me to be out in the garden.

gz said...

Good to hear you're both doing well:-)

Bridget said...

I saw and photographed an Elephant Hawk Moth for the first time recently. Lovely pics.

Bernie said...

How lovely to see your little treasure. He is just gorgeous. It's such a joy to take little ones around the garden for the first time. I have memories of taking my own baby boys and my grandchildren around to talk with the flowers and trees. The delight in their eyes is just a treat to witness.

Astounded at the Hummingbird Moth. I've never seen anything like it. It really does look like a Hummingbird. Great photos.

Rothschild Orchid said...

Thank you for stopping by :o)

Rosie you don't have to be up early to see one of these moths, it is just with a little one I tend to do everything at a strange hour of the day. The hummingbird hawk moth loves to be out in bright sunshine most of all and feeds on nectar plants such as buddleja and valerian. I believe they are also creatures of habit and have been found to return to the same plants at the same time each day.

RO xxx

Ann Somerset Miles said...

Lovely post - both subjects are captivating.

Andrea said...

What a gorgeous beautiful baby! It is already big since March when you last posted of his birth. And of course, your photos are lovely as ever!

Stone Art's Blog said...

I was the same first time I saw a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, what an amazing creature though!

Esther Montgomery said...

You are here, you are here, hurray to The Noodle for letting you post again! Of course he likes gardens. Does he like rain?

Lovely pictures. Haven't heard of this moth but it sounds impressive. There seems to have been a bigger burst than usual of Valerian round here.

Best wishes and all that stuff.

Looking forward to next post.

Hurray!

Esther

Valerianna said...

What a cute noodle, and that IS quite a chariot! I love hummingbird moths, haven't had one yet this year that I've seen, but my valerian (the white one) is just blooming now. I just tried to find centranthus at the local nurseries, but they were out... next year!

Charlotte said...

Really pleased to see you back! Have been thinking about you a lot and wondering how you are - and glad to see that junior is in training! Charlotte

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Ahhh, so sweet!! I am glad that you are putting him in training early. Good to see he loves the garden, so is it genetic or environment? Love the photos, as usual. xoxo

missing moments said...

I saw my first hummingbird moth this past week. Although I have lots of hummingbirds ... he was super special!

Flowerpot said...

I have been watching and waiting to get a good photo of the Hummingbird Moths on the Valerian , ON OUR cornish hedge...but they dont seem to have arrived yet this year . So ...YOU WIN ! : ) Debbie

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful shots! I think the Hummingbird Moths are just as amazing as Hummingbirds themselves!

Anna said...

Isn't he growing fast? No hummingbird moths in this neck of the woods but have seen them on journeys south. Amazing creatures. Looking forward to reading about your little man's first garden visit.

The Lazy Composter said...

I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird hawk moth before! I love being introduced to a new species. The valerian is fantastic...