Of course everything has moved on since I took these pictures during the latter half of April and I don't have many more yet, as the weather has been naff - I didn't mind three straight days of rain as it's good for the garden, and it's certainly really lush and green out there. It also keeps the stream flowing into the lake which I always want to stay full for as long as possible. Hopefully with some warm sunny days coming soon (and the end of the awful wind which makes photography really hard), I'll be able to capture what the garden is looking like now. It changes so much this time of year!
But for now, those photos. There are lots of them, but as I haven't posted any for about a month I think I'm entitled to!
|Apple blossom in the orchard. Not so sure about a good apple harvest |
now as the weather turned wet whilst a lot of the trees were in flower.
|Eating cherry blossom on the left and ornamental cherry double blooms on right.|
|Think this is one of my three eating cherry trees! They were loaded with flowers.|
|Hard to get a photo of my neighbour's wonderful ornamental |
cherries without either swings or perimeter fence in the way.
That's my Smokebush Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' in the foreground.
|The big old cherry in full bloom whilst the green tree in the foreground |
is my greengage which had finished flowering.
|Cherry again with Euphorbia characias in the foreground.|
|There was a reasonable showing of buds and some flowers on my Forest Pansy this year.|
This is Cercis canadensis, the Eastern Redbud.
|They don't all open up into flower though, but it's better than a |
few years ago when the buds just kept dropping off!
|There's not much left of this lilac by the pond as much of it has died off.|
|Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) is everywhere in my woodland at the moment - |
look carefully at the pic on the left and you'll see a male Orange Tip butterfly!
I love these flowers as they last for ages.
|My second biggest oak tree looking pretty with fresh young leaves.|
|Some of the front bed, weeds and all (can you see the dandelions?!).|
Thankfully most weeds are smothered now by Forget Me Nots!
|Same area which has been taken over by bluebells in the thyme bank, |
which is looking better now that the brown dead bits that
I couldn't prune are disappearing under new growth.
|Some spring photos look positively autumnal! |
These are some of my purple or dark leaved shrubs, and golden ones too.
|In the veg patch before the purple curly kale started flowering, |
but the PSB was providing nectar for the bees. And that cherry tree again.
|Teensy solitary bee collecting tons of pollen at the top,|
and a Carder Bee on the bottom.
|Hairy-Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) and a little Weevil on the left.|
|Hairy-Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) on my Kale flowers.|
Those of you who sent me emails - I've read them and thank you. Thing is, I'm not set up on my Kindle to send or receive emails - so to my friend who has a FB page I'll reply to you via messages there; to my cousin, we can keep in touch via your daughter on FB, and to my friend who sent healing advice - thanks, I'll print it out! Hopefully soon I'll be able to spend more time at the proper desktop computer and reply to your emails properly - things are easing up in the sitting department! xx