Bees in the trees

Bees in the trees

This is my favourite time in the garden when my plum tree is in flower.  It heralds the official opening of springtime in the garden. It attracts honey bees in their hundreds to fill the canopy with a constant motion and buzz that adds to the cloud of its special bitter sweet perfume that floats … Continue reading

New home for an old trunk

New home for an old trunk

It all began some eight years ago.  The large building next to our house was always called by the previous owners the atelier, so Amelia and I have kept that name.  It is more than a barn.  It stores all our garden furniture, the ride-on mower, the wood for the fire place, and a variety of objects that … Continue reading

Many happy returns

Many happy returns

All it takes is a little bit of sunshine and splashes of colour return to the garden. After all the rain the plants are ready for the big opening.  There is not much pollen on the willow yet, these stamens were the only ones I saw and they were high up, but it won’t be long. … Continue reading

My hazelnut trees are flowering!

My hazelnut trees are flowering!

Bright red against the blue sky! They are not like the flowers on apple or pear trees, in fact, the petals remind me more of sea anemones. I must admit, this is the first time I have seen the flowers of my hazelnuts.  Last year I saw the photographs of these intriguing flowers on one … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day in the garden

Valentine’s Day in the garden

It’s been a bit cold and windy in the garden this week. But it looks like the ring doves have already decided to nest in the apricot tree again this year. (Photograph credits due to my husband!)

Mason bee hotels or houses

Mason bee hotels or houses

We have been having our share of cold weather this week. Our weather is still very tempered by our position and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean so I am talking about temperatures dipping below zero centigrade at nightime and rising to a high of 7 or 8 degrees during the day.  From comments I am … Continue reading

Slowly, slowly

Slowly, slowly

January is over and perhaps the worst of the winter is finished.  So many plants in the garden seem poised, waiting for the signal to flourish. The daffodils have shown their colour but have remained tight closed.  Some snowdrops have appeared and the crocus are just starting to open.  So different from last January when … Continue reading

Amphibian emergency escape route installed

Amphibian emergency escape route installed

I have posted several times about our old well that is just outside our patio doors (The old well, The well in winter, Well shock).  I had always considered it a good environment for the newts, frogs and toads that appeared to be making their home there. I was, therefore, quite upset and resistant to … Continue reading

A small event

A small event

Sometimes the smallest event can trigger a chain of events that seems to take on a life of its own. I was walking near the house last week when I saw an unusually large flock of small birds.  Luckily I had my camera but I soon had a glimpse of colours and had a good … Continue reading

Well Shock

Well Shock

While in the U.K. over Christmas I received a comment on an old post “Water, water everywhere…” from last February 2014.  Paul wrote: The amphibians that end up in your well are trapped, in a short space of time they will drown, it would be good if you could help them out via a long … Continue reading