Friday, August 20, 2010

Colour in the Garden

It was a quiet Saturday today - the weather is improving, and even though it is still August, Spring is in the air.

It is Jayne's birthday tomorrow, and she had a few friends coming over for the evening, so of course, there was the obligatory cupcake baking function to be attended to:

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Meanwhile, outside, the increase in average temperatures has started the spring-time burst of colour in the garden:

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But while wandering the estate, I happened to pause by one of the 'elephant ear' lilies, and noticed, in the junction of one of the leaves and the trunk a leaf from the tree above, to which small snail was clinging:

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And there on the trunk was very small, iridescent beetle:

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I had seen a beetle like this only once before, on a piece of nightshade I had pruned, and was struck by the glorious colouring - spring-like indeed!

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