31 March 2015


mint moth

Just as in the last post - in autumn - I'm popping in today because Nature is roaring about in Garden65 and it's hard to ignore.  Things are happening. Things that need naming, or pointing a finger at, or apologising for.

I'm also at a loose end. Well, my whole life is now a Loose End, what with the children shaping their manifest destinies, and paid work eluding me. An all encompassing hobby must be the means to tie that loose end, and this dear old blog may be just that hobby. 

I get the impression blogs are becoming a bit naff in the digital universe. People are using more immediate platforms such as Instagram or such horrors as Snapchat to shout their defiance into the existential void.  Although I surf the wave of fashion and am a convert to Instagram, I think the discipline of finding topics to write about, and indeed making the effort to compose something coherent, may be a good way of keeping my head above the water, and the alzheimic fog away.

If Garden65 is to be resurrected, and there's no promise that it will, I may look at wider topics that I did before. For example, I'm currently naturally dyeing on an industrial scale, so a few pictures of that process will fit here nicely. What I'm daunted by however, is research into the current dire state of the natural world. It is so sad. The broader picture is one of decline. One of the reasons I stopped blogging was that the constant stream of sad news was hard to bear. This time I shall try to look for more uplifting news.

So, just to get back into the groove, today's post is of the old fashioned variety - a closer look at tiny moth that chose to expire on a window sill.

It turns out she is a Mint Moth. A day flying moth. Although an increasingly common moth (see?! positive news) I'm rather flattered she chose to visit Garden65 because she lays her eggs on plants of the mint family and I didn't realise the little scrappy patches of mint here were big enough to be of use.

Mint is a nice plant to be associated with. A fresh, healthy image is conjured up. There are however other little moths with less noble names:

  • Raisin moth
  • Dried Fruit Moth
  • Dried Currant Moth
  • Cocoa Moth
  • Stored Nut Moth
  • and even, a Grease Moth

Ta da! And there, dear reader(s), is Garden65 in all it's 'well, I didn't know that' glory. See you soon.

Soviet Era Mint Moth

11 September 2014

Autumn / Big Bee

I couldn't resist popping up a short post - Nature is shouting very loudly in Garden 65 - Autumn is frantically waving her jazz hands at me - so here is a big bee greedily slurping the last of the nectar.

She might be the dark form of the Buff-tailed bumble bee, which apparently is commercially bred to pollinate plants, particularly tomato plants. Interesting - I thought the only domestic bee was that skinny little honey bee. Poor things, when one visits the garden it always look stressed out and in need of a holiday. It's good to know you can be as voluptuous and laid back as this buff-tailed lady and still be of some use.

Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather xxx

3 April 2014

Sewing In The Sunshine

Did a bit of sewing in that brief afternoon of sunshine we had the other day, and very pleasant it was too.

Sat next to the horse chestnut that's in a pot. It's been growing in there for at least 15 years, maybe even 20. In my last post I mentioned the teeny tiny flowers that give me the willies. My feelings for this tree are the complete opposite. It's one of the things in my life, like my children, my teddy bear, and the memory of the dear departed guinea pig, Multi, that are in my heart. 

Apparently the sticky buds of horse chestnut can be used as a herbal remedy to cure "mental chatter, repetitive thoughts or worrisome behaviours”.  I must get myself some.