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.
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.
3. Daffodil. Just two blooms so far. But more on the way.
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.
5. The bird feeders remain busy.
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.
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.
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.