Birkheads Secret Gardens ~ May 22 ~ part 2

On with the flowerfest!

Alpen Rose (rhododendron ferrugineum)
Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra,)
fake heron surrounded by Boris’s Avens (geum coccineum) (there’s a joke to be made there I think)
a rather large peony
moss phlox and garden phlox combo.
Common lilac ( syringa vulgaris)
another peony
Broom ( cytisus scoparius )
Angel’s Tears (narcissus triandrus)

They’ve managed to have a Great Crested Newt or 2 in one of the ponds. This threatened creature has suffered a massive decline and is now legally protected. It can be easily identified as it is our largest newt and the males have vivid breeding colours. Not that you can see those on my rather blurry photo, but I’m including it anyway as they are rare as rocking horse poo due to young boys back in the day hoying them out of the water and taking them home in a plastic bag, where of course they died.

Great Crested Newt (Triurus cristatus)
Not a scarecrow. (non a cucumerario formido)

So that’s the end of our flowerfest, but stay tooned for whatever comes next.


47 thoughts on “Birkheads Secret Gardens ~ May 22 ~ part 2

  1. Lovely – we have both rhododendron and lilac in our garden, along with a massive deep red peony. Broom unfortunately was introduced here from Europe many years ago, and unfortunately found things here to be so much to it’s liking, it is a declared pest and very difficult to control. Like gorse! We have a small plot of land that is infested with broom!

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  2. What a gorgeous floweriest! The colors are so vivid and the angel’s tears appear so delicate.
    Sorry to hear those newts are so endangered, but I love the expression “rare as rocking horse poo.” I’ve got to remember that one, LOL!

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  3. Fraggle, these are breathtaking. I particularly appreciate the first one. With those colors, it must have been hard to get such a perfect shot. But you really did.
    Oh, I’m considering a different, blog idea for when the Armadillo Files ends several weeks from now. (I think there will be 5 or 6 episodes after today’s.) I’m thinking about asking photographers to send me one of their favorite photos as a prompt for a weekly story. I may or may not connect them together as a serial. I’m still just kicking the idea around. Would you be interested in participating?
    Hugs on the wing.

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