Sunday, 28 July 2013

Spanish Plume



A lull in the heat today. After a seemingly endless run of 35 degree days,  today is a pleasant 28C with lower humidity before the heat builds again as hot air moves up from North Africa and Spain -  a Spanish 'plume', which'll likely give us a 40 degree day by the end of the week!

Ah to be near cooling water, like the 'canal' at les Jardins de Sardy, near Castillon-la-Bataille at the western edge of the Dordogne.


Friday, 5 July 2013

Don't Mow the Meadow!


So it's July 5th 2013, and I reckon, courtesy of a cool and cloudy spring, that the meadow is a good two weeks behind where it was this time last year.  I can live with that. If it extends the length of season deeper into the Autumn, well,  bravo.

Poppies are the star of the show right now, along with a lot of ammi majus, the bishop's flower. As ever, it's the umbellifers that attract the most insects.


I have a small query however. I have to admit I'm not sure what the pastel blue flower below is. I can tell you there's lots of it and very beautiful it is too. It has the fluff and powder blue of an ageratum, but that's as far as I know. Any ideas?