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April 18 Lords and Ladies welcome spring in Lletty Cottage Garden and local walks April 18, 2020

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At last we have the time to stand and stare at all the wonderful happenings in the garden during this extraordinary springtime. We are fortunate to have a garden to walk around and enjoy and feel huge sympathy for the many who do not have such a privilege at this time.

The warm weather has brought a delight of colour to the garden with many wild flowers amongst cultivated ones.

As our Walking Well Walks are currently postponed we are enjoying a few local walks around Llansadwrn and Felindre.

Just up the road is the pretty ‘hamlet’ of Felindre with the River Marlais running through it and a footpath that leads on to the Millennium Wood.

A number of large trees have been felled by the river’s edge and methinks one of the pieces would make a very fine coffee table!

A favourite part of the walk leads through a tunnel of hazel trees right next to the woodland and where the ground is covered in wood sorrel, celandines and feathers!

The weather has been warm and sunny but there have been occasional frosty mornings which make me speed up my morning saunter around the garden into a much faster sprint in for coffee!

When the morning has warmed itself up there is time for another walk around the garden to check out the flowers that are blooming. There are tulips:

there’s a magnolia:

there are lots of flowers:

and lots of trees and blossom:

Mrs Canada Goose is now sitting on her nest on the island near the gunnera so hopefully it doesn’t grow too quickly and cover her up!

Butterflies are visiting the garden but too fluttery and fast to capture in a photo and even a photo of a female violet oil beetle was tricky as she scooted for cover!

Jobs around the garden have kept me busy during this time ….please note no jobs in the house ever get done or completed…rather be outside!

The greenhouse has been tidied and the aruncula are doing well in their pots, all the veggie seeds are stuck in compost and hopefully going to sprout soon, the little woodshed has been tidied in readiness for the swallows return and a small pond dug next to the Skunk cabbage which has flowered well.

Hope you have had time to stand and enjoy this springtime too. Stay safe.

W.H. Davies was a Welsh poet and we used to learn this poem at school:


What is this life, so full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?-

No time to stand benaeth the boughs,

And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.


6 Responses to “April 18 Lords and Ladies welcome spring in Lletty Cottage Garden and local walks”

  1. Lovely post Marianne…great to see how colourful your garden and the local landscape is. Fiona introduced me to “Leisure” when we first met, and I’ve always thought it’s a good reminder of the need to live life slowly, and pause from time to time – so valuable currently. BTW have you ever reported your finding of the oil beetle? I know buglife were doing a survey to see how widely distributed they are…https://www.buglife.org.uk/get-involved/surveys/wales-oil-beetle-survey/ In case you’re interested in letting them know..
    best wishes, Julian

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian and for the link to the oil beetle survey- I’ll do that tomorrow….very interesting! Much colder today at least it gave me some time to leave the garden and sort things in the house out…just a bit! I’ll be back in the garden tomorrow as it is supposed to be warmer! Take care and be safe on your bike! Best wishes

  2. tootlepedal Says:

    Your garden is full to bursting with joy. I am glad that you are able to get out for a walk. Being stuck inside would be very hard to bear.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. The garden is like me higgledy-piggledy and plants everywhere popping up with colour. I decided long ago that if a plant likes it in the garden and grows without much fuss it can stay..I’m always surprised at what turns up! Just yesterday I noticed some trillium growing under the witch hazel- they had to fight to be seen but I’m pleased they’ve seeded themselves and are forming quite a bunch- surprises all round! Stay well and busy both of you.

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