Bluebells Season

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of course!

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things you may not know about Bluebells!

The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells

If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it’s the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower

Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world

Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish – around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise (National Trust)

The little changes

Well today turned out to be a sorcher…an Indian Summer…well, for a few days […]

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The […]

Sky

Clouds

As a photographer I love photographing clouds, they can make an ordinary image have […]

 

Butterflies

Hope you are having a good weekend so far? I’ve been seeing more and more butterflies round the garden and fields which is something that I have missed over the winter months. Send me your pictures of Butterflies where you are.

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Beautiful Flowers

Well this week has gone fast don’t you think? It has been such a […]

 

EARTH DAY 2022 – APRIL 22

Today is EARTH DAY 2022 – APRIL 22
Each year, Earth Day focuses on and celebrates our planet, promoting multiple ways we can help our environment. From climate change to overpopulation, it’s a time to reflect on what humanity is doing to its home. This year the theme for this year’s Earth Day is Invest In Our Planet.

…we need to act (boldly),
innovate (broadly),
and implement (equitably)

… everyone accounted for,
and everyone accountable

Earthday.org

I help the environment by re-cycling reducing my waste and trying to reusing a lot of things. I grow my own fruit and veg as much as I can (unless the slugs and snails eat them!) I have spent the past two weeks in my garden encourage flowers and wildlife into my space.

I try to recycle as much of my waste, I also buy clothes from charity shops (and donate). Also, when taking photographs I always leave the places that I visit, exactly as I find them and take nothing away (apart from pictures!)

INVEST IN OUR PLANET 

This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.

For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet. Find out more with quizzes or ideas to help with your carbon footprint etc.

‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.’
Albert Einstein

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An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.’
Sir David Attenborough

SJ Butler Photography
SJ Butler Photography

‘Be the change you wish to see in this world’
Mahatma Gandhi

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‘The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.’
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the […]

May

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short […]

 

Cat Sun Salutations

Two posts this morning!

Thought I would share a picture of Z and J cat sat on their little yoga mats enjoying the morning sunshine.

Oh to be a cat!

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

 

Wednesday Flowers

A quick edits of flowers that my friend had bought to cheer the house up, I think you’ll agree that they did.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;

they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul

L Burbank

Cow Parsley

On my glorious bike rides through the back lanes, Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, is […]

Bluebells New Edit

What a glorious day!As promised here’s a few photographs from my trip to one […]

Bluebells Season II

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of […]

 

Easter holiday in York III

As promised a few images from my ‘big’ camera when I visited National Trust property, Goddard’s the other day.

The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms.

Goddard’s has five acres of garden rooms to walk through that used to be owned by the family on the outskirts of York city center.

The beautiful gardens at Goddard’s with many beautiful & colourful flowers – Images by SJ Butler

The gardens are divided into rooms as a nod to the arts and crafts style inspiration. The idea behind the rooms was that of a continuation of the house extending beyond the walls and into the garden.

The outdoor rooms, similarly to those in the house, each perform a separate function with hedges and shrubs providing the structure.  

Running across the back of the house is certainly one of the most spectacular rooms of the garden, coming alive with Delphiniums, Sedums and brightly coloured Rudbeckia blooms in late summer.

Tulips dance in the warm Spring sunshine – Images by SJ Butler

Tulips

Hope you’re enjoying the good weath and had a lovely weekend? The garden is […]

Tulips

Tulips in Turkey continued to remain popular, and in the early 18th century, the […]

Spring

Well what a beautiful month April has been so far. Hardly any rain and […]

 

A Touch of Blue

Hope you all had a great Easter & didn’t eat too much chocolate? The weather in North Yorkshire has been glorious and I’ve been very busy in the garden tidying up and getting rid of a rotten decking and transforming it into a sitting out area with plenty of plants (hopefully).

Flowers, blue
Bluebells just starting to bloom

More and more flowers are starting to emerge with the plenty of warm April sunshine; Forget-me-knots, dandelions (good for the bees), tulips and Bluebells are started to appear.

Blue Speedwell

Over the Easter holiday I visited the National trust property, Goddard’s. I will post some of the glorious pictures during this week, so watch out for them.

Forget-me-knot Droste – SJ Butler Photography
Flowers, blue

Bluebells Season

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of […]

Sunday Memories

Hope you are all having a great weekend? I’m having a lovely one and […]

Monday Blues

Monday blues – the weekend is over, the weather is beautiful and work again! […]

 

Happy Easter

Tuesday throwback

It’s all changed weather wise today. Lots of rain during the evening and most […]

 

Easter holiday in York II

A few images from my camera phone from today. I visited National Trust property Goddard’s this afternoon. The garden looked stunning in their April colours and blossoms.

Goddard’s has five acres of garden rooms to walk through that used to be owned by the family on the outskirts of York city center. More pictures from my visit from my ‘big’ camera to follow.

Inside the beautiful greenhouse at Goddard’s with many interesting succulents and plants.
Images by SJ Butler

The gardens are divided into rooms as a nod to the arts and crafts style inspiration. The idea behind the rooms was that of a continuation of the house extending beyond the walls and into the garden. The outdoor rooms, similarly to those in the house, each perform a separate function with hedges and shrubs providing the structure.  

Running across the back of the house is certainly one of the most spectacular rooms of the garden, coming alive with Delphiniums, Sedums and brightly coloured Rudbeckia blooms in late summer.

Daffodils and Snake’s Head Fritillary dance in the warm Spring sunshine.
Images by SJ Butler

 

Easter holiday in York

As promised a few pictures from my walk around the Bar Walls in York (mainly of The Minster). It was a little bit damp and busy, I left my ‘big’ camera at home and opted to use my phone camera instead.

Time

It’s been a sunny but windy weekend. Getting back into the garden is a […]

March Reflections

Just a few gorgeous images from March when the weather was beautiful and sunny. […]

Sunday Throwback

It’s Sunday again and this gorgeous Magnolia tree was taken during the first lockdown. […]