One sacrifice has been an old lacecap hydrangea from a position far too close to my small pond. It's now a stump awaiting removal - something for a slightly cooler day than the last few. In a way I'll be sad to see it go - it was a gifted cutting from an old friend's garden. But cutting the top growth away has let a lot more light into the pond - and that, in turn, has had a dramatic effect on it's wildlife utility. I haven't seen any dragon or damselflies in the garden in recent years but today a very welcome visitor turned up and hung around for the afternoon. Pyrrhosoma nymphula, the large red damselfly, took up residence for a short cameo appearence. I didn't have a chance to get a shot so these are two of my stock shots from last year. I hope it returns - and brings its relatives.
|Pyrrhosoma nymphula head on|
|Pyrrhosoma nymphula side on|