Hands up whose loving what the warm weather this week has done for the garden! Ours is lapping up every last drop of sun and there’s been lots of change in just a few days.
The snake’s head fritillary have gone from small buds to opened flowers. I had to create a makeshift pen with canes and twine to keep the pigeons off. They were charging their way through to get the seed dropped from the feeder and ripping all the buds off. Such clumsy birds!
The crabapple tree is covered in little pink buds, not long until it will become blossom and the crabapples will be on their way. I am determined to do something with them this year! Perhaps crabapple jelly and crabapple schnapps. Does anyone have any good recipes?
Bluebell buds are shooting up. I looked back at a post from last May and they are two to three weeks ahead of the previous year. Pigeons were still decimating things though, so some things don’t change. Blogging about the garden will be a really good way of documenting changes in the seasons each year.
This is cowslip. I love it! The bright yellow flowers bob about in the wind and they are always bright and cheerful, even when it’s dull outside.
We picked it up at a local plant sale last year but didn’t know much about it. A bit of Googling revealed this native British wildflower is in serious decline due to loss of habitats. It’s a good nectar source for bees and butterflies making it perfect for a pollinator/wild flower area in the garden. So if you have a bare patch consider planting a couple of cowslips. They spread and you can make cowslip wine!
Our sweet peas are getting bigger by the day! It seemed to take forever for the seeds to germinate (three weeks in reality) but now they’ve started there is no stopping them. The variety is Painted Lady and they will be highly scented with dappled petals. I sowed all 20 seeds – some will be given away and the rest will be for our garden. Hopefully they will give us enough cut flowers to last all Summer.
We were hoping blue tits would set up camp in the bird box we put up in the Autumn. A couple of them poked their heads in and out but it wasn’t for them. This week I caught sight of the house sparrows flying back and forth collecting nesting materials. They are scavenging all sorts of things but their nesting material of choice is strands of fibre from hanging basket cocoa liner.
After much squawking and pecking, the house sparrows have accepted the starlings as neighbours. They all live in the same roof and we often see them sitting next eachother in the sun. They have been focused on nest building and watching them try and force big mouthfuls of sticks under the roof has been funny to watch at times.
In other news, Scott and I finally got an allotment! You can read about our stroke of luck here. Also, today is number 100 of HDYGG! Happy 100 everyone! It’s been fun getting to know you all and snooping round your gardens :)