The Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta) butterfly's were busy working on Saturday in our smallholding garden. They love nettles and Buddliea davidii (was it named after me: Dave?) and they go to Portugal and Africa for the Winter. I make cuttings of the buddliea's every Autumn. It's really technical. Cut yourself a cutting about six inches (or longer) and stick it in the soil in ye oldie veg plot. Come next Spring it will start sprouting leaves and (hopefully) it will have roots. Fuchsia and all manner of hedging plants can be replaced in the same way. Your only worry is if old Jack Frost pays a visit and paints them one night. They are pretty hardy though and if you leave them long enough they will recover. The good thing about making Autumn cuttings is that the soil is still warm and you get plenty of rain so you don't need to worry about watering them.
Somewhere in that photograph is a honey beer getting rather inebriated on the old Fuchsia pollen. 'Fuchsia beer' that's got a ring to it, hasn't it? Perhaps I should start my own micro real ale brewery here in Ireland?
My Rosa Rugosa shrub is making some lovely rose hips at the moment. The Rosa Rugosa makes a great seaside hedge and is very salt tolerant.
Beautiful Bantry Bay. Immortalized in song and not a boat to be seen. That's the Beara Peninsula in the distance. I wish there was a boat to take us around to Kenmare. People always comment on the amazing view when they visit our farm. I give them my grandmother's quote:
"The view won't feed you."
It is rather beautiful though. God must have sent his artists and sculptors when he made Bantry Bay.