The syringe things are privet flowers.

Admin1 is reading The Titian Committee by Iain Pears (ho-hum). Admin2 is reading The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver, a post-apocalyptic family saga set in a near-future bankrupt USA. “This is not science fiction” says the blurb. Er, so what is it then?
And here’s a pretty Small Tortoiseshell butterfly settling on our buddleia at last.