NATURES DELIGHTS. Images from 2010

Notes from a Lancashire Countryman.

Here in the north west of England we have had an average summer at best. The weather has let the sun worshippers down for the main part. It is true there were days when the weather provided some glorious sunny spells that gave us a glimpse of how we perceive summer should be. We had a prolonged dry spell resulting in a hose pipe ban yet the sun was a scarce commodity and cloud cover was the norm for much of this dry spell.

Nevertheless, nature provided her usual floral extravaganza which attracted the insects which pollinate them to provide the seed which will in turn provide us with the floral extravaganza next season. Here I would like to share with you some of nature's delights that I have witnessed in the countryside of North West England and my garden during the year of 2010.

Gallery of spring flowers and leaves

During spring Daffodil shoots depict an orchestration of new life. Photograph by D.A.L.
During spring Daffodil shoots depict an orchestration of new life. Photograph by D.A.L.
Crocus provide the first vibrant colours of spring. Photograph by D.A.L.
Crocus provide the first vibrant colours of spring. Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Lesser celandine competes with coltsfoot {above} to  welcome the new season, they may be found in flower as early as February. Photograph by D.A.L.
Lesser celandine competes with coltsfoot {above} to welcome the new season, they may be found in flower as early as February. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bluebells herald the unfurling of tree foliage. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bluebells herald the unfurling of tree foliage. Photograph by D.A.L.
Young beech foliage unfurling. Photograph by D.A.L.
Young beech foliage unfurling. Photograph by D.A.L.
Horse chestnut is one of the early leaves that meet the season. Photograph by D.A.L.
Horse chestnut is one of the early leaves that meet the season. Photograph by D.A.L.
Soon after the leaves are out the flowers of the Rowan tree are displayed. Photograph by D.A.L.
Soon after the leaves are out the flowers of the Rowan tree are displayed. Photograph by D.A.L.
Woodland is enhanced by the new fronds of the ferns. Photograph by D.A.L.
Woodland is enhanced by the new fronds of the ferns. Photograph by D.A.L.
Cherry blossom at Upholland church. Photograph by D.A.L.
Cherry blossom at Upholland church. Photograph by D.A.L.
White campion is not as widespread locally, as the red campion. However it is an impressive plant. Photograph by D.A.L.
White campion is not as widespread locally, as the red campion. However it is an impressive plant. Photograph by D.A.L.
Sweet william did well this year in the garden. Photograph by D.A.L.
Sweet william did well this year in the garden. Photograph by D.A.L.
These double flowered petunias were attractive in baskets and pots. Photograph by D.A.L.
These double flowered petunias were attractive in baskets and pots. Photograph by D.A.L.
Hogweed is common during June and July. Photograph by D.A.L.
Hogweed is common during June and July. Photograph by D.A.L.
The queen of grassland flora the orchid abounds in June and July.Photograph by D.A.L.
The queen of grassland flora the orchid abounds in June and July.Photograph by D.A.L.
Local lake enjoying a fine summers day. Photograph by D.A.L.
Local lake enjoying a fine summers day. Photograph by D.A.L.
Rosebay willow herb joins the fray in July. Photograph by D.A.L.
Rosebay willow herb joins the fray in July. Photograph by D.A.L.
Commonly called the red hot poker this Kniphofia "Springtime" is a cottage garden favourite. Photograph by D.A.L.
Commonly called the red hot poker this Kniphofia "Springtime" is a cottage garden favourite. Photograph by D.A.L.
These lupins give out a warm colour  in the garden. Photograph by D.A.L.
These lupins give out a warm colour in the garden. Photograph by D.A.L.
 daisy like cultivars are popular in cottage gardens. Photograph by D.A.L.
daisy like cultivars are popular in cottage gardens. Photograph by D.A.L.
it has been a good season for the ducks. Photograph by D.A.L.
it has been a good season for the ducks. Photograph by D.A.L.
Angelica brightened grassland in late summer. Photograph by D.A.L.
Angelica brightened grassland in late summer. Photograph by D.A.L.
Snap dragons provided a good display of colour and attracted bees to the garden. Photograph by D.A.L.
Snap dragons provided a good display of colour and attracted bees to the garden. Photograph by D.A.L.
Sneezewort flowers in late summer grassland. Photograph by D.A.L.
Sneezewort flowers in late summer grassland. Photograph by D.A.L.
Corn mint is a pleasing plant to encounter in grassland. Photograph by D.A.L.
Corn mint is a pleasing plant to encounter in grassland. Photograph by D.A.L.

Insects abound in summer

Insects are as much a apart of summer as the flora. Here are a few I have encountered this summer..

Bumble bee on Knapweed flower. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bumble bee on Knapweed flower. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bee entering this re perennial lobelia flower. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bee entering this re perennial lobelia flower. Photograph by D.A.L.
Red admiral on ivy foliage Photograph by D.A.L.
Red admiral on ivy foliage Photograph by D.A.L.
Speckled wood bathing in the sun . photograph by D.A.L.
Speckled wood bathing in the sun . photograph by D.A.L.
Gate keeper butterfly. Photograph by D.A.L.
Gate keeper butterfly. Photograph by D.A.L.
Red lily beetle on nettle foliage.Photograph by D.A.L.
Red lily beetle on nettle foliage.Photograph by D.A.L.
Fuchsia "swing time" attracts bees and hoverflies.Photograph by D.A.L.
Fuchsia "swing time" attracts bees and hoverflies.Photograph by D.A.L.
Many flowers like this cultivated yarrow attract hoverflies. Photograph by D.A.L.
Many flowers like this cultivated yarrow attract hoverflies. Photograph by D.A.L.
This half grown toad was a passing visitor. I found him on the rim of a water bucket. Photograph by D.A.L.
This half grown toad was a passing visitor. I found him on the rim of a water bucket. Photograph by D.A.L.
Shield bugs are common but because of their excellent camouflage they are seldom seen. Photograph by D.A.L.
Shield bugs are common but because of their excellent camouflage they are seldom seen. Photograph by D.A.L.

The Enjoyment of summer

Fellow nature lovers I Hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I enjoyed mine. Fellow hubbers in the southern hemisphere have all their summer to look forward to. Good luck I hope you have a good one.

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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

CheyenneAutumn, nice to meet you. Always a pleasure to meet a fellow nature enthusiast.thank you for your visit and your kind and appreciated comments. Best wishes to you.


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CheyenneAutumn 5 years ago

I love your postings - I myself am a horitculturist and love nature- I love the images you portray with your words and the wonderful photography - thank you so much for being here and sharing!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

PeggyW, thank you for your comments, glad you liked the photographs as I admire your photography. Hope you have a winter where you can enjoy your flora. Best wishes to you.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Such gorgeous photos of Natures Delights! That double petunia blossom almost looked like some of our azaleas in bloom. Really pretty! We are just now enjoying some cooler days in the Fall after a sizzling hot summer. Looking forward to the days ahead. Normally our winters are mild and we can enjoy flowers just about year round. Last years snow in Houston (twice!) was most unusual and some things that normally thrive did not come back. Rating this up and beautiful!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Hi Varenya Thank so much for your kind and appreciated comments. Best wishes to you.


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Varenya 5 years ago

Thank you D.A.L. for having shared these marvellous photos! Your hubs are always so moving and always filled with beautiful images of the wonders of the plentiful nature! After having seen and enjoyed all these beauties, we can peacefully wait for the winter, with a cheered heart!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

gr82bme, Hi, thank you for visiting and for leaving your appreciated comments. Winter has a beauty of its own and many things to love. watch this space. best wishes to you.

Hi Carol, would be far to hot for me where you are. Mysteries are good to encounter .Thank you for your kind comments. Best wishes to you.


reddog1027 5 years ago

Loved the photos. fall is just beginning here in Georgia. As I have only been here for its egg on the side walk cooking summer, the rest of the seasons are a mystery to me. your hub was a nice reminder of the things I love about spring.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Great photos. So Glad I stopped by. Where I live. We don't get much of a summer either. The leaves are already half off the trees. I get depressed in the winter. I need to find things about the winter to love I guess.

Thanks for the beautiful photos


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Hi B, your right it is sad, but winter has a beauty of its own. Looking forward to reading your winter poems. Best wishes.


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Joy56 5 years ago

so sad this is all behind us, beautiful photos ........ nice memories......


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Hi, timorous the petunias were new to me. It is the first time I have tried them. Thank you for your visit and for your appreciated comments. Best wishes to you.

Rose, Hope they lift your spirits when the snow comes. Thank you for visiting and for leaving your kind comments. Best wishes to you.


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Rose Kolowinski 5 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful summer memories! Great photos!

Might have to look at them again this winter when I'm sick of the snow!! : )


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Hey D.A.L. Excellent photos once again. Those double petunias look fabulous. I've never seen them round these parts before. Maybe I should look around next spring, or through some seed catalogues.

Great stuff.

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