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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, 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

In Ireland, some people optimistically consider the 1st of February the start of spring. It is also Saint Brigit’s day. The garden does certainly show signs of spring – so let’s be optimistic.

1. Hellebore

I have two – one white which is already fully open and this lovely red version which is nearly there.

Hellebore

Hellebore

2. Yellow crocus these are planting in grass under a birch tree and are usually the first crocus to appear each year.

Crocus

Crocus

3. Similarly these miniature daffodils are usually the first to appear. I have a couple of larger one that are also just opening too.

Daffodil - tete a tete

Daffodil – tete a tete

4. Snowdrops have been up for a couple of weeks – this pot was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago. (Sorry not best photo – always find them hard to photograph).

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

5.  I am happy to report that the Japanese onions I set in the polytunnel a few weeks ago (late) are doing quite nicely.

Onions

Onions

6. And the replacement for the Victoria plum I lost last autumn is in, finders crossed it will be bountiful in years to come.

Plum tree

Plum tree

We also managed to clean the very dirty windows of the greenhouse and tomorrow I may even plant some seeds!

Many thanks to The Propagator for hosting six on Saturday

Spring and blue moons

Is spring just around the corner?

Daffodils

Daffodils

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!

Happy moon watching!

Moonlight over the pond

Moonlight over the garden pond