Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Holding on!

A few flowers are bravely blooming in the garden, despite the very cool nights (2-3C) we have recently been experiencing. Does anyone know the name of the first one? It usually has small purple flowers, but these are pink and I have on rare occasions seen it in white.

It has grey green thin leaves, its stem is slightly square and it grows anywhere from 1m to 2m tall. It self seeds everywhere but we and the wildlife love it:





This time of year we also have loads of these garden spiders:
They come in a few different shades and stripes, lay their eggs, then later in the season, we see spider babies running out of their egg sac/nest?

This is also the time of year the big old house spiders run around - those we are not too keen on especially if they are on the bedroom walls or ceiling - ugh.

We have a large glass and thin piece of card in almost every room now. The glass is quickly put over them, the card slid underneath to trap them inside, then the whole thing is carefully lifted off the wall/ceiling, turned upside down to make carrying easier, then the spider is flung into the garden.

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  1. September is also spider month. They appear from nowhere. I catch them and put them outside. Lovely autumn flowers.

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    1. This year, we have had the odd big spider to throw out, all through the summer.

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  2. You do know they come straight back in again?!

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    1. Depends how far you throw them!

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  3. It's a linaria, the pink form is 'canon went'.

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    1. Thank you for that. I just looked it up and now remember its other name of toadflax

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  4. Beautiful autumn colours in the flowers you have in your garden! xx

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    1. I'm trying to keep deadheading them to encourage more flowers until the first frosts!

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  5. Sad to see the flowers dying off :o(

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    1. It is isn't it but at least we know it is a cycle and they will return - hopefully.

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  6. Lovely photos.. we have lots of the pink and purple toadflax.. it self seeds every where and the bees love it. We've had lots of really, really big black house spiders lately.. I hate them, so hubby evicts them.. over the garden fence.. they can go look for a mate else where!! :o)

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    1. The pink is my favourite as it is such a delicate colour.

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