August 2020 and lockdown has been eased, with some restrictions still in place.
So as a treat I visited Dorothy Clive Gardens.

Bunbury Church

Astrantia Major

The gardens were not quite as they may have normally been; having less people looking after them during previous months.

Even so, it was well worth the visit, combining photography with being able to converse with the odd person met around the grounds.

The Astrantia flower is extremely attractive to insects and to me!

I am trying out a new camera, with an old manual nikon lens.





This is another Astrantia Major - 'Large White' I believe it is called.

A bit passed its prime but still providing pollen for the miriad of  insects drawn to it.

I also took an image of one that was pink but three of the same genus was possibly too many to put on this page.




Astrantia
Bunbury Lock


Gaura Plant

This is a Gaura lindheimeri Rosyjane, which produces its flowers from spring right through to autumn.

I'd love to have one in my garden. I only wish the soil wasn't so water retentive, as these do best in well-drained areas.

Star-like, white petals edged in pink
Many are gone but seeds are there
above and below, as I stare.


Rose Campion

This summer plant stands out with its bright pink colour. A drought loving plant, which has survived this long hot summer we've had this year much better than some.
 rhyme traveller bud

Allium




One of the Allium family, which resembles the flowers produced by a chive plant in my garden - also of the same classification.

The insects have loved the wildness of the gardens during their closure.
I'm so pleased to see so the abundance of peacock butterflies on the buddleia bushes, as I've only seen one this year during my walks closer to home.

This summer has been more condusive to the 'white' family of butterflies, especially the green-veined ones.

Hydrangea
Pure of colour and so serene, the perfect flower for a wedding scene.