Twisting my lupins man

DSC02054My poor lupins, first it was a few collapsing leaves now the flowering stems are writhing. It’s not lupin aphid that much I know. I’m guessing it’s lupin anthracnose which according to the RHS is more likely in wet conditions. If the whole lot collapses it’ll have to come out, bye, bye lupins.

Yesterday in a slight break in the rain, above the burbling of swallows skimming the field, swifts scything the air, the first I’ve seen this year.

Benny and the jetstream has shifted

Swifts leaving soon

Hoorah! for the most part. The sun is shining, the heat has turned up and scent has returned. Last night’s home journey smells, hay, meadowsweet and other people’s barbecues.

Tonight on the way home the dominant scent was privet with a few wafts of mown grass and buddleja. In my garden it is all lily and honeysuckle with the swifts flying sorties. Temp 23C at 9:00pm.

Maybe me tenders will stop sulking and start doing something, come on  you abutilons, daturas and salvias. The Monsonia emarginata (a geranium relative) from South Africa really really couldn’t hack it outside in the cold and wet, they started rotting off and had to go back into the greenhouse.

The only big downsides are having to water the pots again and how fast flowers ‘blow’. The golden petals are raining down from the Mount Etna Broom now.

Potatoes a total washout, the plants never really grew and we had maybe 10 wee scabby potatoes from 5 plants. Glad I don’t have to survive the winter on the veg patch gleanings!

Flying high …

Swift framed by bare Clerodendron trichotomum branches

It is the 1 May and this was going to be about rain, more rain, and even more rain, until late afternoon sun lightened the mood. Making my way into a soggy garden with glass of wine at 7:00pm I heard I thought a Swift. Two were flying high, underwings caught and gilded by the lowering sun.

More Swifts

At 8:00 pm I took my camera out and there were more. They are coming in on the rain bearing southerly air flow I suppose. I think its the Bath posse returned rather than passers through – who knows? They must be enjoying the insect harvest over the park tonight. 14 years ago there was a nesting pair in the house next door tucked up under the weatherboarding, but they have not been there for many years now.

They can’t be said to be ‘home’ as they are only with us for 3 months. But welcome ‘home’ to Bath! The Nature’s calendar website also tells the story that they are starting to come in.