Sorry for lack of posts recently. I haven't really had chance to get out anywhere interesting and on the occasional day when I have had a few hours spare time its been raining or snowing! Lo and behold I notice that blogger have yet again made a change - this time in the way you upload photos. It was a nightmare trying to separate the photos so I could type inbetween so I haven't a clue how this post is going to turn out!
A quick walk around the garden this morning revealed lots of signs of new growth.
I haven't a clue what this plant is called but I call it "Elephant's Ears" as it has huge fleshy leaves. I find it rather ugly but it does produce quite a lot of flowers.
The wallflowers I put in pots last autumn are now producing buds. Hopefully in a few weeks they will be flowering and attracting some bumble bees.
Winter Jasmine has been flowering for months
Buds are forming on the daffodils,
Primroses have been flowering for weeks now - looking a bit wilted today after a frost.
Daffodil and bluebell leaves in the wooded area at the top of the garden.
Female hazel flowers have appeared looking like miniature sea anemones
with lamb's tails (male catkins) above.
Sadly, the yucca which we have had for years has come to an untimely end - its only ever flowered twice. Husband thinks it was the weight of snow recently. I only hope it wasn't the intruder we had in the garden recently. An all round nightmare experience as he'd been seen roaming round gardens and then decided to exit via our garage roof jumping onto the bonnet of Emily's brand new car. Luckily, he was seen by a neighbour who called the police who managed to catch him. He has been given a prison sentence but unfortunately that means no compensation for Emily and she is now faced with a situation of paying for the repairs herself (quotes so far vary between £720 and over £1000!!!) or claiming on her insurance and paying the excess and losing most of her no claims bonus. Its not been a good month!!!!
Recent gales have brought down a branch from the Eucalyptus tree.
These pretty little seedheads look almost like flowers.
This is the old hanging basket on the patio where up to 5 wrens have been roosting. They are still ignoring the roosting pouch above it even though the basket drips with rain when its wet.
I was really pleased to receive this Green Man from David for Christmas - its now hanging in the porch.
David's been on holiday today and we went for lunch at our favourite pub - the Plough
and here's one of the Pom Pom ducks wandering round the car park.
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