As predicted, real life has got other plans for me this week. Yesterday morning a couple of workers put up a scaffold in front of my loggia for repair work. Quite a surprise because my landlord hadn’t informed me, although I knew this was coming.
One side of the loggia has a small compartment in which I store a table, flower pots and other stuff. I cleared this compartment today taking advantage of the nice weather (despite the forecast) as it has to be done before work will start, whenever this may be.
In a remote corner I found a wasp nest stuck to a pile of biodegradable pots. This one must have been there for a while because when I noticed they like this dry place I was taking care not to have them there. One year they had found a way from under the roof into my living room. Not funny.
The nest I found today was slightly smaller than a tennis ball. I thought of using the paper in a small collage but it was so brittle and delicate that it disintegrated at the slightest touch. But I managed to get it off the pots and take a couple of pictures.
Another visit to the Botanical Gardens yesterday and a great batch of new shots –
Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotys)
Gaillardia (?), beginning to bloom
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), seed pod
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
Desert candle (Eremurus himalaicus)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Variegated-leaf hardy kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta)
Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)
Oxford rampion (Phyteuma scheuchzeri)
Bird of paradise flower (Strelitzia regina)
Cotton (Gossypium), flower
Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)
Blue lotus/water lily (Nymphaeae caerulea)
The unusual blue-green one is a jade vine which is currently blooming in the greenhouse. Hover over the pictures for the other names.
I’m sitting here with my windows and door open. The soft breeze is bringing in the smell from the nearby field.
A couple of years ago a wilderness at the side of the main road was transformed into a small biotope and two ponds were created. Sometimes I take a little detour on my way shopping like I did a some days ago.
A friendly butterfly from the special exhibition at the Botanical Gardens
European garden spider (Araneus diadematus)
Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), male
He and his companions live in a pool at the Botanical Gardens, surrounded by large green ferns.
Fishing boat Karin II (FRIE18) near Holtenau locks, Kiel Canal
More butterflies from my recent visit to the local Botanical Gardens
I went again today and came back with some promising shots. 🙂