I photographed the vegetable garden and orchard on 3 June.
Dog Sick Slime Mould Mucilago crustacea.
This is probably the commonest slime mould of all and I see it frequently in the orchard. Within a day or two it turns black.
Splendour Beetle Ptosima undecimmaculata.
This is the first Bupestrid (Jewel) beetle I have ever recorded in the orchard and I have always been surprised not to see them, since they are wood borers. This one is a known pest of cherries and I found it under a cherry tree.
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae and the hover fly Eupeodes luniger on
Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis.
The Pyramidal Orchids are sprinkling themselves over the orchard and vegetable garden. All sorts of insects love them. They must offer a lot of nectar.
The Pyramidal Orchids are also providing a rich hunting ground for at least one crab spider Misumena vatia. Can you see her with her hover fly prey?
The vegetable garden.
As you can see there isn't much sign of vegetables, but the phacelia and the poppies are magnificent. It has been too wet and not warm enough to plant anything out.