Spring in February

For the moment the garden has decided it is opting for full on spring.

We have not really had a winter yet.  The borage decided to keep on flowering this year.  The bees did not complain.

The colour is supplied by the Camelias and everywhere the Mimosa trees are in full bloom.  That is everywhere but in my garden as I do not have the patience to deal with all the shoots they push up around their trunks.  The bees just have to go a bit further to find them in neighbours gardens.

Next door’s sheep have been producing a good crop this year, mostly twins.

My first Osmia cornuta arrived on the twelfth of February.

By the next morning lots of male Osmia were already checking out the holes in the bee holes hoping to find a female.  They will have to wait some time yet.  In the meantime they rest in the holes when they are not hungry or it is cold.

How many bees can you see in the photograph above?

I can see five.  Four in/on the log and one (rather blurred) sitting on the wall to the right of the bee house.

It is a delight at the moment watching the bees enjoy all the spring flowers.

This year I am enjoying finding the different hybrids of my self-seeded hellebore.

I still love my original dark purple…

but I like the variety of this delicate small petal variation.

The big pussy willow at the bottom of the garden is just starting to display pollen and as the plum tree nearer the house is starting to finish flowering, the bees will transfer their allegiance to the willow from next week, I think.

Next week I will be keeping my eye on the Japanese medlar and I wonder with this mild weather whether we will have medlar fruit this autumn for the first time.

Whatever happens the garden always keeps you guessing.

14 thoughts on “Spring in February

  1. Is your mimosa the Acacia dealbata? I likely mentioned earlier that Acacia dealbata is one of the most aggressively invasive of the naturalized exotic species here, but it is not easy to disapprove of the spectacular bloom! If the species did not bother me so much, I would relocate one to my own garden. There are plenty of other nice and less invasive species of Acacia, but I so enjoy the Acacia dealbata. Anyway, your medlar is getting my attention. I had always ignored them, but have been noticing them more now that cultivars are being planted intentionally into home gardens again. (Mine was feral.)

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  2. It is indeed the Acacia dealbata that is grown in garden around here for their eye catching floral display which begins here at the end of January. I admire their colour and I am happy that their pollen comes at such a propitious time for the bees. I do not have any myself because they are so invasive. I have heard you can buy plants that do not sucker but I do not know anyone who has one. I find the fruit of the Japanese medlar or Loquat delicious. It is not the prettiest fruit but if you are concerned only with flavour it does not disappoint. Amelia


        1. No. There used to be a flower arranging class for ladies where you bought flowers, I do not know whether it is still extant. It is a country district and I find in general there is no desire to look more deeply into gardening than picking up some coloured flowers from the supermarket and planting them and hoping for the best. They are the really keen gardeners that actually grow more than vegetables in their garden. 😦

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    1. I feel even more fortunate with our garden today as all of France has been confined to stay inside their home. We have our garden but for people confined in a small appartement it will be difficult. It is for an initial period of 14 days but probably this will be increased according to the rate of spread of the infection. Amelia

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