Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
Showing posts with label Flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flowers. Show all posts

Sunday, 22 March 2020


I'm abandoning the walks/bike rides programme that I devised and broadcast last week. I'm in a 'Stay at home for at least 12 weeks' category.

Meanwhile, photos from the garden are all I can manage just now, though I'll try to find something more interesting to post from our laptop if I get a chance. 

The hard drive on our desktop computer failed this morning, which is a nuisance, but I'd prefer a poorly computer to a poorly human!

Take care...

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Thursday 30 January 2020 - An Iris Day

A glance into our garden this morning gave us the first sight of irises, thanks I suppose to the warm January weather. A pleasure to see, as are the many garden birds that come to visit - notably blackcaps and goldcrests, as well as an unexpected visit from a little egret, which I've never before seen in the neighbourhood, let alone in our small garden.
Anyway, I was in a cheerful mood as I pottered along by Sinderland Brook, in the company of a lone redwing, to the recycling centre. Dead kettle and Xmas lights duly placed in the small appliances container, I set off to return home via Waitrose.
I was disappointed to see this load of rubbish, dumped (at SJ 752 902) about 30 metres from the recycling centre's entrance.
A stroll down the disused railway led to the path to Waitrose, where (at SJ 756 900) this was the scene.
There are some disgusting people about. I wonder whether anyone will try to identify the culprits from the rubbish they have dumped.
After visiting the supermarket, I took a route home that crosses the disused (the map incorrectly identifies it as 'dismantled') railway between Timperley and Glazebrook. This is a route where people are actively trying to get the five mile section of railway returned to use. The 'Stop, Look, Listen' signs are still there!
A few saplings may need to be removed, but happily there is no rubbish to collect just here, nor on the rest of my path to the Bridgewater Canal and onwards to home..
That's all from Timperley just now. The next few postings will be diary entries, more for my own and Sue's reference than any other purpose, and they will mainly duplicate scenes from previous years. We'll enjoy it all the same. (Apart from the long waits in airports.)

Friday, 15 November 2019

Flowers from the Generalife gardens

Mobile postings are set to resume for a few days, as our home computer has been stricken with a sudden illness.

The Generalife gardens in Granada were imbued with colour on Monday, as exemplified by the above images. They cover a considerable area, and as we had all day there and at the adjacent Alhambra, we had time to linger in this attractive (if cool) spot.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh




Today's pictures are just a taster of the many snaps taken today at the Botanic Gardens, before we headed off to Newtonmore.

The top picture is allegedly Britain's biggest plant fossil; the other pictures are of random flowers and lily pads.

The orchids and other plants in the glass houses were many and varied - most colourful on an otherwise grey day. The oldest of the trees here were planted over 200 years ago. The gardens are a very special place. A slideshow will follow in due course.

We are now at the Balavil Hotel in Newtonmore, at a reunion of TGO Challengers. A happy gathering of like minded folk.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

On the South West Coast Path (2)

Here's a picture taken on our 2005 trip to the SWCP. Most of that route was undertaken in May - over a period of years - during which the cliff top meadows are laden with Thrift (Armeria maritima).

A delight to behold.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Purple Gentian (Gentiana purpurea)

I know that Dot appreciates a daily offering. Despite the brilliant weather I’ve got commitments at present that have stopped me making the most of the weather, so in the absence of ‘fresh activity’ I’m continuing with some flowers, which is always a pleasure, and not too taxing on the reader.

Today’s specimen is a short to medium sized gentian with a Latin name that even I can decipher! It was seen on 26 July 2018 above Bodenalpe, on the way to Leutkircher Hut.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Yellow Bellflower (Camanula thyrsoides)

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As described by Gillian Price:

Lime green stamens protrude from light yellow tube flowers crowded together on spikes. Multitudes of long wavy leaves grow up the stems.

While the name means ‘small bell’, the tag derives from the Greek for an ear of corn, referring to the shape of the flowerhead.

This specimen was pictured near the Rufikopf cable car station, high above Lech, on 25 July 2018. In all our visits to the Alps, we hadn’t noticed this flower before, despite its ‘medium’ size.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Spotted Gentian (Gentiana punctata)

This plant is large in comparison to the ubiquitous blue gentians. Stems of up to 60cm in height are topped by clusters of upright bell-shaped pale yellow flowers with purple spots.

It’s not to be confused with the Great Yellow Gentian, which has pointed petals and no spots.

These specimens were seen on the Col di Lana on 10 July 2018.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Pink Cinquefoil (Potentilla nitida)

Large cushions of this plant are littered all over the Dolomites, in this case on Alta Via 1 above Rifugio Scotoni on 8 July 2018.
‘Potentilla’ derives from ‘strong’, to reflect the plant’s resilience. The term was coined by Renaissance botanists to emphasise its medicinal qualities and success in colonisation.

As always, thanks to Gillian Price’s  Alpine Flowers book for some of this information.

Note: Open Live Writer, which I have used for a long time to publish my blog postings, has stopped working for me. Publishing using Google’s ‘blogger’ product results in very low resolution images, but if you click on the image you should get a better quality version, and for postings with multiple images you can view the images by moving through the thumbnail versions at the bottom of the screen.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Great Masterwort (or Mountain Sanicle)(Astrantia major)


Widespread up to 2000 metres in Alpine regions and elsewhere, this tall plant sports perfectly symmetrical showy flowers with pink centres, greenish tips, and bushy stamens. This specimen was in Austria, near Damuls, in July 2018.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Martagon Lily (Lilium martagon)


Found all over the Alps, this fairly tall plant has distinctive backwards curving wine red petals with dark spots, leaving the stamens well exposed for visiting insects. It’s also known as ‘Turk’s Cap Lily’. The ‘martagon’ name tag derives from the Turkish word for turban.

This specimen was seen in Austria near Hinterbichl on 17 July last year.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Black Vanilla Orchid (Nigritella nigra)


This denizen of high alpine meadows varies in colour from blackish purple to light pink. It’s a small, distinctive flower with a scent of vanilla with a hint of cocoa. It is said that cows that eat them produce milk with a chocolate flavour.

Whilst it’s abundant in the Alps, I don’t think you are likely to find it in the UK.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Willow leaved Gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea)


This distinctive gentian is native to central and eastern Europe, primarily in mountain woodland, though it does occur in less wooded open pasture in some areas, perhaps persisting after woodland clearance.

The fairly tall (60-90 cm) plant was abundant this year in woodland near Damüls, where this specimen was seen high above the Rhine valley near Lake Constance.

The plant has medicinal qualities, hence being named after Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Burnt Orchid (Orchis ustulata)


Nothing much other than domestic duties went on in Timperley today, so here’s a reminder of summer – a picture taken in the Austrian Alps on 23 July. These flowers are quite ‘petite’ and easy to miss, but when you do spot them – and they are very easy to identify - you can admire the wonderful colouring.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Alpine Interlude (2) – Ansbacher, 28 July 2018


Well, I’m up to Day 27 of ‘Summer in the Alps’ with photo processing. On that day we left the Adlerweg (aka Kalkalpen Traverse) at Ansbacher Hut – pictured above.

From here we descended to Flirsch, leaving the ongoing path to Memminger Hut that coursed across the steep mountainside to our left.


It was a treat to discover Ghost Orchids on the descent.


Curiously, whilst composing this entry, I’ve just discovered that there is a Cicerone Guide to the Adlerweg. Hence the Kalkalpen Traverse guidebook hasn’t been updated. Curiously, when I contacted Cicerone about an update to my 1986 guidebook they didn’t mention the Adlerweg book though it covers most of the same ground.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Alpine Interlude (1) – Kastenegg, 19 July 2018


I’m going to maintain a daily posting to entertain Dot, who is in the unfortunate position of having to forgo her frequent ‘coffee breaks’ with a neighbour who is very seriously ill. This lady is surrounded by people who don’t realise her close relationship for the past 30 to 35 years with Dot, who is not being updated on her condition and is naturally upset, especially as she isn’t sufficiently mobile to visit the neighbour.

So I hope these photos cheer you up, Dot. Pictured above are Sue, Jack, Ann and Colin, following me up to the 2821 metre summit of Kastenegg, with Großglockner in the background.

Below, a gem of the Alps, Spring Gentian, whose vivid shades of blue grace most limestone mountainsides.

These were both taken from ‘Day 18’ of our trip, which is where I’m up to with ‘processing’ the pictures. It seems appropriate to draw these images from the pictures I’m currently working on (albeit I am simply re-naming them at this point – I’ll describe the editing process next time).


Friday, 7 April 2017

Monday 3 April 2017 – Along the Bridgewater Canal and Trans Pennine Trail


With Sue taking a period off work, she could join me on a short (18 km) bike ride along the canal to Stretford, then on the Trans Pennine Trail heading west to the Bay Malton, and home along the canal again.

A pleasurable hour on the bikes.

The canal towpath sports a few flowers that appear before I got around to taking photos last year. My entry from last July is here, and I’ve updated the slideshow here.

The following pictures demonstrate my continuing need to learn the art of taking pictures of flowers… Can anyone identify this one?


Here are some more from today’s ‘towpath offering’.




Speedwell – (‘Wood’, perhaps, or could it be ‘Slender’?)


A garden escape?


Green Alkanet


Lesser Celandine


Daffodil – I should have got to them earlier as they are fading fast in the dry weather.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017 – Dunham Massey Winter Garden


It’s a couple of weeks since our last visit to the Winter Garden, so Helen’s arrival from Ottawa provided a good excuse for another visit.

Everything has come on. Leaves are spouting and new flowers are in bloom. Here’s a small selection.


The glamorous red shoots of this Cornus have now become obscured by the shrub’s bright green leaves.


As before, I didn’t make a note of the names, some of which may appear on the board below.


I hope readers enjoy this splash of colour – a mixture of my pictures and Sue’s rather more skilful ones.