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Estate Agent, Bud and Bee

Passing an estate agent’s office today, my attention was drawn to the pigeon (Thanks John!)  apparently choosing a property. His mate was there too but went further in before I could get the photo.

House hunting

It was such a beautiful afternoon, I went to our nearest garden, Burncoose Nursery, for a walk hoping that the Magnolias might be in flower. They weren’t but the furry buds are looking very promising. I’ll go back again soon.

Magnolia bud

The Snowdrops were still pretty but in their last throes, the Daffodils had their heads bent, ready to flower soon and the Primroses were delicately lovely – but all were eclipsed by the Camellias which were in magnificent bloom. In one blossom, high up, I spotted my first Bee of the season. Not sure whether to be happy about that as tonight’s temperatures are forecast to fall again and I would hate it to be caught out.

Bee inside a Camellia flower

I’ll show you more photos next Saturday. To be going on with, here is one of the Camellias.

Grand Camellia

 

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Six on Saturday – All Around Us

Spring is happening all around us, in little bursts that get bigger each week. In our own garden, the Crocuses, Snowdrops and Tete a Tete are coming into their own.

1.  The Strawberry plants in our double wall herb garden have become a weed, choking off lots of little Spring bulbs. I spent a couple of hours stripping out the strawberries and their runners making room for more Spring to shine through.

2.  Beautiful Muscari with Snowdrops behind. The green fencing is to keep cats off the soil. Whenever it is cleared, in they come. Does anyone have good (kind) ways to keep them off?

Muscari, also freed with room to grow

3.  More Tete a Tete are coming through the Thyme in the herb garden.

Mini Daffodils coming up through the Thyme

In neighbours’ gardens I have seen Hellebores, Camellias and a gorgeous fully blossomed Cherry Tree.

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Hellebore

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Camellia

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Cherry Tree

Single blossom

I am taking part in the Six on Saturday postings started by the Propagator. Go to his site to find the links to other contributions from all over the world.

 

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Glass Pebbles, Marguerites and A Crocus

I ordered some glass pebbles to go with my glass work and they arrived this morning to my great delight though there are no red ones which is a shame.  I shall have to make another order!

Glass pebbles

The Marguerites just keep flowering despite the snow, the hail and the winds.

Marguerites

The Crocuses started to open up in the warmth of the sun this afternoon.

Inside a crocus

 

Six on Saturday – Spring is on its way

Colour is appearing all over the garden. It pleases me greatly when the Tete a Tete  in the Three Wise Monkeys wall planter burst into flower soon to be joined by Muscari. The planter was made just for me by a local sculptor and I love it in all seasons.

Tete a Tete

Crocuses are appearing around the wall garden, some orange and some purple.

Crocus

The Snowdrops please me the most at this time of year. They survived last week’s snow and are still going strong.

Snowdrop

The Marguerites haven’t stopped flowering since I planted them early last Summer. They really are troopers! I love the swirly pattern in the middle.

Marguerite

The Skimmia has had its bright pink buds  all Winter and I look forward to the buds bursting into their beautiful pale pink. This glaring pink is definitely not a favourite!

Skimmia Japonica

Iris Reticulata are another favourite. They are so delicate and appear before their leaves so really stand out. They will soon be replaced by Muscari.  We have them in a pot underneath a Cornus whose buds are showing already. I hope we have no more harsh weather or the buds may be lost.

Iris reticulata

Do visit The Propagator’s blog at  https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/six-on-saturday-09-02-2019/ to find out how to join in and to get links to blogs all over the world with news about gardens.

 

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Snowdrops, Muscari and Yourself

Some beautiful spring flowers for you today and a reminder to take care of yourself.

Snowdrops

Muscari

And as the sun came out today and we had the bluest of skies, we too, in the Northern Hemisphere, can emerge into the Spring.

Be easy on yourself

 

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Six on Saturday – Not My Garden No 2

We went to the Eden Project again on Thursday (and got snowed in. To read that story, look back at Thursday’s blog!) Although we were there only a few weeks ago, there were so many new blooms to see. Sadly, I don’t know the names of all the beauties we saw so if anyone would like to help, I would love to know. The first 5 were in the Rainforest Biome, the last in the temperate Mediterranean Biome.

Ginger Lily?

Waterfall

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Flame pea, Katy. Choizema cordatum Fabaceae.In the Mediterranean Biome

It is the most remarkable place to visit and we are very lucky that we are only an hour or so away.

For other Six on Saturday posts, have a look at the comments on The Propagator’s blog. He’s the chap that started this fun group going.

 

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Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch where people all over the country spend an hour watching the birds in their garden or in a nearby park over three days 26-28th January.  We then count the maximum number of each species seen at any one time. It was extremely windy today and we didn’t see as many birds as usual so I will find some time tomorrow and send the better count in. We did see  some Chaffinches sitting on the Kalette plants, one Robin ground feeding, and 11 Goldfinches all at once at the feeders!

Female Chaffinch

Two Female Chaffinches

Robin picking up seeds that have fallen from the feeders

Greenfinches

Goldfinch

 

 

 

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