Thursday, 11 February 2016
Snowdrops at the Gardens
Went along to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens this afternoon to renew our membership and while I was there had a lovely walk round the Gardens in the Winter sunshine.
Wallflowers are blooming already - in fact so many species seen today were flowering far earlier than usual in line with what everyone else is seeing around the country.
This would be a nice place to sit in the Melon Grounds for afternoon tea :)
I'm not sure what this little yellow flower is but it was very pretty.
Daisies growing in a trough.
Looking towards Castle Bromwich Hall
Preparations for a Valentine Day's event this weekend
Daffodils in flower in the North Orchard - so early!
Snowdrops and Crocuses
The spidery flowers of Witch Hazel
Sadly, most of the Winter Aconites had finished flowering but there were still a few with blooms.
A flowering Cowslip - again so early.
Seedheads of Honesty
This beautiful variety of crocus was called Romance.
Betty Langley Vegetable Garden
Primroses are starting to flower on a bank
The Summer House
Lichens on fruit tree branches in the orchards
More Snowdrops in the Extra Gardens
I was hoping for a glimpse of the first butterfly or bumble bee of the year but none about although at 6/7 degrees centigrade its not surprising.
Birds seen - Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Robin, Blackbird, Blue and Great Tit
I'm still hoping to go over to St Giles churchyard, Packwood, but the way things are going it will be Primroses in flower as the Snowdrops finish!