Category Archives: Spring

A Cuckoo in the Nest

Grape hyacinths, even Muscari armeniacum, don’t seem to last here for more than a couple of years in the garden. It is probably our soggy winter conditions and clay soil that does for them, but I do love their wonderful … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday :- Words for snow

Our little sliver of an old Chivers orchard has erupted into a blizzard of white:

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The Flight of the Bumblebee

Yesterday the sun was shining brightly, the birds were singing, the bees were buzzing and this (queen buff-tailed I think) bumblebee was flying around nice and slowly, looking for potential nest sites maybe. As a bit of Sunday fun, in … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday – Amethyst and Turquoise

I love seeing blues appear in the spring flowers: the scilla, hyacinth, pulmonaria and anemone, but when I went to look for some to pick I found that I’ve only flirted with the true blues in the garden. My bunch … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Tulip ‘Ancilla’ and the dusty footsteps

This is Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Ancilla’ with gold-centred, red-ringed,  waterlily-shaped flowers

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Catkins – Dancing, tumbling, pollen-laden heralds of spring

The other day as I came round the corner of the alley, the sun was shining directly behind a young hazel tree and light was being dispersed by long, bouncing catkins. I had my phone with me so I took … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday – Budding Performers

Another day, another dog walk. Well, it has been grey and foggy of late so it feels more like another dog trudge actually. I was pounding the mud, downcast and gloomy, until I spotted this willow emerging in the newly … Continue reading

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Orange is not the only tulip …

Not even in my garden, although it might look like it from this collage. The funny thing is that a few years ago I wouldn’t have had a single one of these (except maybe Ballerina). I was going through a … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday – Eating with (in)tent

Ugh! So not what you want to see, but this is what I found en-route when I went to check on Therfield wild pasque flower colony. Large silk-spun, tented enclosures covering most of the hawthorn bushs on the heath. The … Continue reading

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Lazy, hazy bluebell days

This weekend has been just lovely, with icy starts but sun all day long (I’ve seen people with sunburn already!). I am feeling quite positive and cheerful, so I thought that I would simply share some pretty pictures of native … Continue reading

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