Yes, a Wasp Nest. Absolutely lovely to look at and I could ignore it except we are having a chap here next week to give us an estimate for doing the sash cords on the back windows. He won't be pleased to see this! Can't deal with it ourselves, as Tam and I don't do heights, and Keith, who does, can't do ladders these days. Can't get to it through the window - as it doesn't open!
This is another "I've never knowingly seen it before" plant - growing (x 4 on the bank in our new garden. It is fairly unusual. It is a Broad Leaved Helleborine. Mostly gone to seed but hopefully there will be more next year.
Above and below: this Fritillary is one which has been hurtling round the garden in the sunshine this week, but never stopping until today, when it was sat on the Marjoram, happily feeding. It's a male Silver Washed Fritillary I have been told.
"Tess" loves the sunny position in our yard. Now I need to get some trellis up as she's a climbing rose.
Ebb Tide has also been flowering really well.
Gladiolis from two packs I bought very cheaply in Morrisons earlier in the year.
The homestead under gloomier skies today. The wasp nest can just be seen under the apex of the biggest upper window (a bit of tree over that dormer). My new herbaceous border is all planted up - I just have to straighten the edges as a little out of alignment. You can see from this photo that the bottom windows are in alignment with the lawn. Some folk wouldn't like this but I love having the birds on the lawn just outside. The cats also like to come in when the window is open!