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.
Here in Ireland, many consider the 1st of February, St Brigid’s Day, the first day of spring. And there are certainly signs out there. Daffodils leaves beginning to show, even the first snowdrops and crocus flowers are on show. The birds are more vocal in the morning and there are even signs that they are beginning to pair up.
Tonight, if the rain clears, we may even get a super blood blue moon! The ‘blue moon’ refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. The ‘super moon’ as the moon will be 14% brighter (as it is closer to the earth this week). The ‘blood moon’ because there will be a lunar eclipse when the moon will fall under earth’s shadow. Unfortunately we will see less of the “blood” than those of you on the west coast of the US!