Perennial cornflowers

One of the most photogenic flowers in our garden is the perennial cornflower. I noticed that the buds had already appeared when I did my annual garden survey on 31st March. After that I took a series of photos of one plant, which was not the first to flower. These plants spread naturally. We only dig them out if they are in the wrong place. They are popular with a variety of pollinating insects – bees, wasps and hoverflies have begun visiting them. Later on the seed they produce is  popular with birds, particularly goldfinches.

I read on Twitter that a popular name for these plants is Bachelor’s button. However that name seems to be applied to a number of plants and particularly to the annual cornflower.

Spring equinox

This year the spring equinox was 20th March. It was a beautiful day. Our walk on the beach coincided with low-tide, so we took a look at the honeycomb worm reefs mentioned in an earlier post. The light was as good as it gets for photography.

Hubby and I would have been unlikely to realise that these structures on the beach are created by small creatures had it not been for our walk on Allonby beach led by Ann Lingard.

On the Hunt for Joy – Week 4 – Sit in the sunshine

Perhaps I have cheated a bit for this week’s challenge from Cee Neuner: On the Hunt for Joy– Sit in the sunshine. The anatomy of a butterfly probably does not include what can politely be called a sit-upon! However coloured butterflies always make me feel happy. If they settle for long enough to have their portraits taken I’m even happier. For once I am including more than one photo. They are all butterflies, which are found in summer in Northern England.