Category Archives: Garden

Six on Saturday – 1st May

May already, and we are still having night frosts. Time they went away now. This week’s Six on Saturday. Thank you to The Propagator for hosting.

  1. Red crab apple – tiny apples but makes up for it with it’s beautiful foliage and flowers.

2. Newly emerged and very green maples leaves.

3. Bluebells. Yes May is bluebell season

4. Geranium – small and delicate and I am afraid I don’t know the name.

5. Dandelions are already setting seed and attracting a goldfinch pair into the garden.

6. And finally we have six new chicks just a couple of days old.

Six on Saturday- 3rd April 2021

We have been enjoying lots of lovely spring sunshine today. Does the soul good.

Also doing the soul good is seeing the first of our solitary bees – these are Ashy mining bees. Beautiful bees that need a bare soil bank to nest it.

Tulips have also opened – adding splashes of red.

The tadpoles are growing.

The comfrey is flowering in the polytunnel and not far off outside.

We don’t have much spouting broccoli, but at least there is some.

And finally a lovely present of a flowering currant, just need to find a spot for it now.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Have a lovely Easter everyone.

Six on Saturday – 6th March 2021

Another lovely spring day after a cold week. So busy day clearing weeds today.

  1. This is one of robin’s friend’s favourite places.

2. A new bird box built by my son in his woodwork class last term. Already being inspected by blue tits.

3. Willow catkins. Great for bumblebees. We saw our first bee last Sunday, then no more till another one today. Haven’t managed to get photo yet though.

4. One of my favourite spring flowers – primroses.

5. The larger daffs are all opening too now.

6. It is so nice to see fresh green shoots emerging.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday – 27th February 2021

We have just had a lovely spring day. Crocuses are at their best.

2. I love these delicate ones too.

3. Hellebores are also flowering nicely.

4. It is always nice to get free plants. These foxgloves self-germinate in the polytunnel.

Foxglove

5. Looking forward to these lettuce that over-wintered in the greenhouse and are bulking up nicely.

6. And finally this week , germinating lettuce seed!!! Yes spring is here!

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday, 5th February 2021

We have snow forecast for the end of the week, but it may not get this far west. Meanwhile spring continues to show her face.

1. Crocus, the yellow ones always bring a little bit of spring sunshine even on a grey day.

Crocus

2. Willow catkins. This one is Salix x rubra I think. Always the first to show. And in recent years it seems to be coming out earlier than ever. I like the willows to be of use to emerging queen bumblebees – but this one is too early now.

Willow

3. Daffodil. Just two blooms so far. But more on the way.

Daffodil

4. Robin friend has already teamed up with a mate, but still comes for meal worms. We have also discovered that it likes raisins which we had left out for the blackbirds.

Robin

5. The bird feeders remain busy.

Blue tit

6. We have been doing quite a bit of apple and pear tree pruning. In some circumstances being quite extreme. Hoping for more fruit this year.

Pruned apple branch

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Six on Saturday 23rd January 2021

So I have been missing from the Six on Saturday slot for a while. All has been quiet in the garden, but things are beginning to stir. (Apologies for picture quality this week – photos taken with phone and not camera).

Look – the first snowdrops!

And the first hellebore.

Under the shelter of the porch, two foxgloves have decided to self-seed.

We have a new bird bath. Our wild birds often use the pond for a wash, but hoping they will like this too.

They may wait for warmer weather though. We had the tiniest sprinkling of snow this morning, over frost. Hoping for a little bit more tomorrow.

Definitely the time of year for potato and leek soup.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

Tree of Life

I was actually going to write this post for last week’s Lens artist challenge but as I didn’t get time to post, I thought as Tina was offering “you pick it” it seemed a good opportunity to do anyway. This post is about our crab apple tree. In the spring it never fails to blossom and it is packed full of flowers. The closed buds are pink which open into white blossoms with flushes of pink.

The blossom attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

By Autumn the tiny fruit have developed.

And now the blackbirds are visiting and are enjoying what is left of the apples.

And on top of all this pleasure the tree gives us, it is also our robin’s friend favourite tree.

Dedicated to David, who left this earth on the 27th November 2020, and always loved his garden and his garden birds.