Green grass and daisies

After the frost and frozen leaves we are having days like summertime. In the back garden the grass is spring green and covered with daisies.

From the upstairs window you can see the grass covered with daisies.

When I see daisies I have an instinctive desire to make daisy chains. I asked two of my neighbours, separately, if they used to make daisy chains when they were children. The answer was negative and I have now initiated them into the art of making daisy chains. Is it a lost art or is it a “British” thing?

The odd butterfly takes advantage of the daisies but there is too much temptation from the blossom and other flowers for the bees to bother with them just now.

The main bee action is in the front garden on the Cerinthe, it is quite noisy with the bumble bees, Anthophora and Amegilla. It self seeds and is quite tough. Some of the seeds germinate in the autumn and survive the winter to bloom early in the spring here. For places with a cold winter you could sow in early spring, it is a magnet for bumble bees.

I have some bright yellow primulas beside the Cerinthe which adds a flash to the purple Cerinthe but they are largely ignored by the fickle bumble bees while there is Cerinthe available.

This is our ornamental apple tree which survived our frost quite well. Others of the frost bitten trees are recovering their leaves but there will be less of the early fruits this year.

Our lemon tree is outside once more as we had to put it back in our front bedroom to shelter it from the cold snap. As we lifted the pot to take it inside we had a good look in case the little tree frog was still hiding in it. We laughed a bit about the idea, but it is a bit of a walk round to the other side of the house so I did not think there was really a chance he would be in the pot. Nearly two weeks later we opened the front window and he was sitting on the trunk of the lemon tree. We felt really bad. We put the tree and the frog back in the usual place but we have not seen the frog since. I think he is sulking.

I have planted a pot of mixed Allium for the patio this year and they have just shot through. In the morning I noticed that the tips had exuded a ball of sap that twinkled in the light. There is always something new in the garden.

On the back wall of the front garden we planted an Akebia “Silver Bells” in November 2020. The flowers look very impressive in my close-up photograph but I am a little underwhelmed by it at the moment. Perhaps as it grows bigger and has more flowers I will change my mind.

At the same time we planted a Ribes odoratum nearby and I am more optimistic that it will be a success, although it has a bit of growing to do.

Bee swarm

In the meantime the bees are keeping us busy.


21 thoughts on “Green grass and daisies

  1. English daisies are not as aggressive in the chaparral climate of the Santa Clara Valley. They infest lawns, but can be eliminated with a bit of effort. However, in San Francisco, it is pointless to try to eliminate them from lawns. According to legend, a horticulturist who managed the landscapes of Golden Gate Park plugged it into all the big lawns there. To me, the lawns would look weird without them. They remind me of how San Francisco looked decades ago, with all those Hippies wearing flowers in their hair.

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  2. An interesting thought… I have made daisy chains here before and the Germans with me have always expressed surprise and delight and had never seen them either. So perhaps the idea is really English! In any case, your lawn is really pretty! You have some beautiful blossom right now. I planted that same Ribes last year and hope it will flower this year. We have lots of bees in the garden thanks to the willow catkins and now the blackthorn. 😃 And soon the clover will start to flower.

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  3. It’s lovely to see you have developed such an amazing apiary. I remember when you got your first colony about 700 years ago 🙂 It looks like you’ve decide maybe more than 2 or 3 suits you! That’s a very nice swarm – I’m sure it’s now in a nice hive building out combs and settling in. Well done!

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    1. It is so nice to hear from you again. I hope you are well. We get a lot of swarms in the garden – not just our own hives. We have made a lot of friends through the bees. We have to limit ourselves to no more than five hives as it is a lot of work, even though we enjoy it. You do need bee keeping friends who are as happy as you are to talk for hours about what they are doing and what new techniques they are trying out. Amelia

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      1. We currently have 6 colonies of our own (which is the most I want – like you there’s a limit to the amount of work I want to do) and we’re babysitting a friend’s as his garden fence was removed so the neighboring property could undergo some serious building works. Bees and builders don’t mix!

        We’ve mentored a couple of friends through their first colony and now they’ve got their own swarms and growing apiary. So, yep, LOTS of bee talk here too 🙂

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        1. thelivesofk

          Dear Laura
          Amelia mentioned that you had commented on her blog, so I felt that I just had to send you my best wishes. It has been a long time that I had not heard from you and wondered if you had gone back to the US. Anyway, we too do not want more than our five colonies. But so far with the three divisions and the swarms, as of today there are ten colonies at the end of the garden plus two that we gave to a friend.
          Anyway my main thought with you is not the bees. I so much enjoyed reading your book on the life of your (naughty) granny. Have you written any more. I loved your style and would love to read more – specially I think your own life story from the US to Australia and all the rest would make a
          wonderful story.
          Wishing you all the best

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          1. Kourosh,

            It has bee forever since we chatted. I do still keep any eye on your through Amelia’s wonderful blog posts though. It’s so good you both and your garden and bees continue to thrive.

            I have a non-fiction travelogue that was a lot of fun to write but that never found a home with a publisher. I’ve also written another novel but no success in getting it published either. To be honest, I started trying just before covid then put it all on hold as it didn’t seem the right time to try for publishing but I might get started again. My new time-waster (besides bees and the garden) is line dancing. I teach a couple of classes each week, do my own choreography and just started a new seated line dancing class reaching out to people who are unable to stand and dance for an hour at a time. I confess I used to think line dancing was comical but I truly love it. I think it is keeping my creative juices busy so I don’t have the urge to write currently. But, as with everything in life, this could change again.

            Weren’t you going to write a novel? Did you ever finish that?

            All the best to you and Amelia,


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