June 2021 – Week Four and a Bit

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While June was warmer and drier than May it still seemed to me to be chillier than usual with many overcast days. However, the mock orange – Philadelphus virginal – gleamed in the sunlight when it did show up. We have two of these trees/shrubs.white flowers

One has frillier flowers than the other.white flowers

For colour the fox and cubs –Pilosella aurantiaca – have sprung into action.orange flowers

I believe they are a type of hawkweed, as are these yellow dandelion type flowers. They are popular with bees and other pollinators like this beetle.yellow flower with beetle

Speaking of beetles, I was very pleased to spot a native 7 spot ladybird. I usually only see the harlequin varieties these days.red beetle with black spots

There also seems to be more snails about, probably thanks to the damp spring we had. In recent years they have been greatly outnumbered by slugs for some reason.black and white photo of snail on fence

The honeysuckle has been providing succour…

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