More energetic gardeners than me (like the Propagator) plant 1000s of daffodil bulbs each autumn, and are rewarded with a stunning spring display. I managed to plant a few dozen bulbs into a few strategic spots late last autumn and so I have a cheerful scattering of yellow blooms and just a little regret that I didn’t plant many more. Maybe this year I’ll have more time and energy for bulbs. Hopefully there won’t be a lockdown or health crisis, trade crisis, extreme weather event, comet strike, general strike or alien attack, but who knows.
Anyway, here are some daffodils. I wish I’d planted more of them.
Above it in the vase is a snakes head fritillary. I’ve planted a few bulbs of these and there are a couple of plants in the front that I could not resist picking. It’s the most gorgeously patterned little bloom…
I picked a couple to bring indoors. He didn’t seem to mind. These flowers are in a vase beside me now and smell super sweet and springish.
Sometimes it snows in April, as Prince pointed out. And it often hails in March here in the UK. This was the deck this morning, as the sun was coming up. It’s surprising how resilient some of these delicate looking flowers are..
The garden is alive with birdsong this morning. There’s a lot of activity, pairing up, bickering and nesting going on. I saw goldfinches and buzzards this week, as well as the ‘usual’ visitors; blue tits, great tits, robins, wrens, blackbirds, pigeons, sparrows and crows.
On a walk yesterday, there was a very bold robin in the hedgerow by the path to the river Frome. It sang beautifully, and let us get quite close for a portrait.
You can hear the robin singing in the tweet below…
Although this robin is not technically in our garden, I’m calling it my sixth thing this Saturday, and will share with the group of garden bloggers who participate with the Propagator in the habit of sharing Six on Saturday.
And as an optional extra, I want to share what I’ve been busy with lately, aside from my regular work at Vastern.co.uk and Shared Earth Learning. It’s a film, produced by Charly from Shared Earth and presented by Tom of Vastern Timber about the Future Trees Trust, and their work breeding improved sycamore trees for timber. I’m especially interested to hear thoughts on this – I’m convinced that we need more timber, so we need more timber trees, and so this kind of work to breed better timber trees makes a lot of sense, but I’m aware this is not necessarily a popular view.
If you have 10 min to spare, please take a look at our latest film in the series ‘Wood For The Trees’, and let me know what you think.
And as ever, I hope your plans and plants are doing well.