Joys of the spring garden

There is so much happening in the garden. I just love this time of year. The plum tree is full of blossoms and thankfully also full of pollinators. The most colourful of which was this Red Admiral. It’s a little bit worn, so must be one that managed to get through our winter.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral on plum blossom

There are bees too and hoverflies, including these little ones, which I still need to identify.

Hoverflies on plum blossom

Hoverflies on plum blossom

In the polytunnel, the early potatoes are finally showing through and the broad beans and the mangetout are growing well.

Potatoes

Potatoes

mangetout

mangetout

Broad bean

Broad bean

The chicks are getting big and my husband was busy making a little enclosurer for them that we’ve put into the polytunnel for now. Already yesterday, the smallest chick was seen eating a slug!

Growing chicks

Growing chicks

The Juneberry (Amelanchier) is also flowering. The flowers are so delicate. We look forward to the fruit.

Juneberry

Juneberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 thoughts on “Joys of the spring garden

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It has number of common names including Serviceberries. It’s a North America species and they grow in woods and thickets. Here and the UK the fruits ripen in July. There are small about the size of a blackcurrant with similar colour and quite sweet. Last year we had just a few but the bush is covered in flowers this year so we’re hoping for more.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      …ahh so you potatoes are well ahead of ours. Will definitely try planting earlier, like you, for 2016!

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      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        I didn’t take a note of it but probably late February. I also plan and forget to put broad beans in November!

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  1. Jane

    Well, I’ll be blowed – never heard of a juneberry before. I assume they don’t grow in England – are they sweet enough eat alone? And the chicks – what a rate of growth! All lovely in your grounds.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Juneberry will grow in the UK, in fact that is where our two bushes came from. And yes sweet enough to eat from the bush!

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  2. Robbie

    I see you are blooming every where:-) You must be a bit ahead of us:-) I put two dwarf plums in this spring, another pear, and sweet cherry too. Last year, I put in 5 dwarf apples and two pears. It is so exciting to see them filling in and that they made it through the winter;-) No butterflies yet here but I have a few bees + I did see one dragon fly! It is so lovely this time of year as it all greens up!
    Your place is so abundant!

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  3. Melissa Shaw-Smith

    Karina, your photos are just gorgeous. You have a great eye. Wonderful to see all the new growth too. All the best, Melissa

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Ahh, by the time they’d get to you they’d have lots that ‘freshly dug’ taste. Trick is to grow your own!

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