Why does it always seem to catch me off guard? Spring arrives quickly and the garden looks as though I’ve never touched it! The grass is growing ridiculously quickly, the weeds are everywhere, the soil needs digging over and I’m trying to sow seeds for summer veg and flowers! Good job I love gardening!
Our little magnolia tree has flowered for the first time today…hooray!
The new visitors on the block are the moorhen chicks which are scooting over the pond as though they are on hoverboards! I’ve only seen 4 chicks so far but more may appear tomorrow. We have had a moorhen on our pond for eight years. We don’t know if it’s the same one or it may be one of the chicks that grows up and stays. Through the winter we usually have two moorhens on the pond but last winter there was only one. So another one must have flown in early Spring.
The camera was on full zoom so poor photos of an adult moorhen with two chicks and a chick ( the black spot!) running underneath the gunnera (which shows frost damage on its leaves!)
The Canada Geese and their 6 goslings do not like the intrusion of more babies on ‘their’ pond so after a quick feed this morning they have walked over the fields to another pond.
The garden looks very springlike in the evening sunshine and many plants are bursting with colour and growing so quickly.
Pretty cowslips in the long meadow grass.
The crab apples and fruit trees are all looking glorious with their beautiful blossom – fingers crossed that we don’t get a late frost like last year .
I thought I’d try to be clever and start at the first tree in the row and take a photo of all the trees in order so I could recall which blossom went with which tree! No chance – as I took two photos sometimes of the same tree- never mind!
This one is definitely a crab apple as helpfully there’s a crab apple left on from last autumn that the birds have somehow missed!
Just look who’s coming back over the fields for the night- hope the moorhen chicks are safely tucked up in bed for the night or there’ll be ructions!
We went into Llandeilo today to buy some plants- two new roses from the Works Nursery. The Works http://www.worksantiques.co.uk/ is an amazing place. There’s a garden centre, a wonderful cafe and an antiques shop, which is like a rabbit warren as it goes on for ever with wondrous things to discover round every corner. I bought two new pretty cups and saucers for the cottage which are now on a tray ready for the new visitors tomorrow from Australia.
Happy Gardening everyone!