GBBD March 2012
The recent warm temperatures are slowly beginning to fade away as we move into Mother’s Day weekend here in the UK… It’s a shame, especially after the stunning weekend we had last week.
I went to visit my parents whose garden was literally crawling with Ladybirds, I’m kicking myself for not taking my camera with me. But they were everywhere. And I’m not talking about one or two here and there but little groups of them, orgies if you like just everywhere we looked. In the borders, on the lawn, flying around us. Amazing.
Then I kept seeing a Brimstone flutter around but never staying still long enough to afford me a closer look… I’ve never seen one close to before, in fact this is only the second time I’ve ever seen one. We also had a Peacock sunbathe for a while in the garden too as we enjoyed tea and buns 🙂
It’s been rather warm – around 50-60F for the American visitors, which is a nice, mild spring day. But it’s also been strangely hazy. On my drive home from work I come down a steep hill into the city, and yesterday could barely see anything beyond the nearby houses when normally I’d see a series of hills which form a valley with the city’s heart in the valley.
Ok, I think we’ll move onto the bloom photos… It’s much of the same as before I’m afraid. With the last of the Crocuses hanging on in there but steadily more Narcissi and Daffodils are beginning to bloom, as well as Cherries and other blossoms. The city is awash with blossom at the moment and I’m afraid I’ll miss getting any photos of it all!
The pots are moving from the Crocus and Irises toward Narcissi and Muscari – similar colour combinations though! Also, the little Autumnal Violas are blooming again after a break during the snow and cold weather.
Fuji Cherry ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is blooming, I’ll have to check how much earlier this is compared to last year?? Crocus ‘Cream beauty’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are still with us… The latter shows no signs of giving up either.
I’m looking forward to the Tulips blooming and of course the perennials such a Dicentra and Aquilegias; then it really will be spring!
There’s plenty of work for me to be doing in the garden, a lot of it in the front where I don’t really like to be. It’s not that our street is busy – we’re on a cul-de-sac so it’s very quiet – but it’s just that feeling of being watched, even though most people have far more interesting things to do 🙂 I like the seclusion of the back garden compared to the front. So in general I try to do it early morning at the weekends before most people are awake or I’ll take a few days off work to get it all done.
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