🐞Mini Beasties And Flowers From My English Country Garden for #SixOnSaturday #Gardening #Flowers

Another dry and hot week with temperatures rising well above what is comfortable for a British summer.

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July 16th Six On Saturday

Nature does her thing and I keep watering the garden. Six on Saturday, let’s go!

Photo one is this lovely lemon coloured Valentine Sunflower. Small flowers but the colour is lovely.

Own photo of Sunflower Valentine
Sunflower Valentine

Photo two is of some of the pretty Sweetpeas. These I grew from last year’s saved seed, I don’t remember this deep maroon last year, but maybe I wasn’t watching so closely as this year.

Own photo of Sweetpeas

Third photo is of a Ladybird pupa. I spotted several of these in a variety of orange and red colours, along side mating Ladybirds on my purple Buddleja. The photo is a bit blurry as I was balancing on things to get a closer look.

Own photo of a Ladybird Pupa
Ladybird Pupa

Fourth photo is of this Monarda. My neighbour gave me this last year when she was dividing her own plants. I split mine in two and already have two growing.

Own photo of Monarda

Fifth photo is of a toad, which came to say hello when I was watering the bean pot. I saw this one or one similar in a flower bed a couple of weeks ago. He’s sitting in the drip tray and was hiding under a small leaf. I gave him a larger leaf and an upturned pot around the back of the pot for extra shade on these hot days. I really must move up my garden pond plans.

Own photo of a toad

Last photo is of this white Buddleja. I love it’s honey scent, but I rarely see bees or butterflies on it. I see them on the purple one more often.

Own photo of white Buddleja
White Buddleja

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening


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July 16th Six On Saturday


  1. Mr P’s linky for all your posts.
  2. More from Fred’s garden.
  3. A very pretty dahlia in Graeme’s garden.
  4. Flowers for cutting on My Secret Garden’s blog.
  5. 30 days wilding – paddling pools and flowers.

The Orphan and the Thief by M.L. Legette

The Orphan and the ThiefThe Orphan and the Thief by M.L. LeGette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Orphan and The Thief is a YA fantasy tale which was a delightful read even as an adult. Toad is a thief and a member of the Ramblers, a notorious gang. Forced to part ways with the gang, Toad is determined to prove himself, landing in a sticky situation he manages to get a very important job for the sinister Mr Owl.

Melena is an orphan who works for an apothecary, she is quick to study potion making, but her whole life surrounds her need to find her long lost brother Milo. Toad and Melena become unlikely partners in an adventure to collect a list of rare potion ingredients. They meet some wonderful characters and I particularly enjoyed reading about the game of cards and skill called “Bloodroot and Toadstools”.

A well written book with a tale full of magic, potions and adventures.

Find a copy of this book here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Melissa will be our guest author on the blog tomorrow, do come back and join us.