We moved into our cottage in the heart of the rural countryside in wales nearly 6 years ago and love it here. If you would like to see where I grew up along with life on the farm, check out my small holding page
: ) We have a fairly large garden, just under a third of an acre to play with and this enables me to have chickens and grow vegetables and flowers. My garden is my haven and it's great to escape the bustle of our studio for some tranquil peace, just to hear the birds singing and the distant sound of a tractor. Heavenly.
I love to grow cottage varieties of flowers and foxgloves have always been a part of my garden even from childhood, They grew in the hedgerow where I grew up. I did a project on them at college so they feature heavily in my garden today. They grow strong and tall, far taller than myself and the bees love them. They self seed which is wonderful and its always a pleasant surprise to see them popping up here and there.
My other love is photography. We have a good DSLR camera for work so I try to take photos of my flowers, bees, insects, butterflies, birds - anything that I can find in our garden. I love to take macro shots too, fascinating to see things closer than you can with the naked eye. The photo above was from a range of photos I took in the summer (2010) of a Comma butterfly and it was next to a Small Tortoiseshell on the flowers of my Ice plant (photo on our garden
page). Butterflies love this plant and along with the Buddleia, were the best plants we have added to our garden to attract the wildlife.