Most spring colour is around the front of the house where all my Euphorbias are, most of the daffodils, and a number of spring flowering shrubs in front of the boring Leylandii hedge.
|Can you tell that I love my Euphorbias yet? |
These flowers are covered in flies - and spiders!
|My Forsythias are a bit pathetic this year |
as I gave them a harsh chopping back last year.
I do this about every 3 years when they get too big.
The little bulbs in the foreground are the ones shown below.
|Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa) bulbs.|
|A Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) on a Glory of the Snow flower.|
There are lots of these spiders on the Euphorbias as well.
|The Euphorbias against the house wall are all self seeded. |
The stump is the remains of the Mimosa which kept getting frosted.
|Most of the Aubretias that I planted years ago have disappeared |
but this one survives underneath a large Lavender.
|The tree that I call the 'Purple Leafed Prunus' - common as muck |
and wonderful at this time of year! This is the first time it has
flowered really profusely since I planted it about 5 years ago.
|I have tons of these double daffodils that came with the house; |
the more interesting ones which I planted will flower later.
|A pink Primrose, which has spread seed and there are many |
around this area with tones of pink now!
|But I still love the originals best which just glow, especially the ones growing naturally |
in the grass which look cheerful even on a cloudy day.
|Dried Hydrangea flowers revisited. I guess it's time to snip them off!|
This is the time of year I dread harsh frost
which will get those tender new leaves.
|Peach blossom is out now - one of my favourite blossoms.|
|Japonica or Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles) by the lake.|
|I could have done with the big zoom lens here! |
The moorhens are very active and have already built a nest.
I don't have much opportunity to get close to the ducks since they don't leave the vicinity of the pond any more. However one day I found Freckles lying on the bank up the woodland end and as I crept closer to her I wondered if she was injured as she was not moving away from me. I needn't have worried, she was just chilling out and when I got too close for her liking she slid off into the water and sailed away!
|Freckles, my old white duck, about 7.5 years old now.|
|And off she sails into the evening light.|