Spring continues to be a much cooler and grayer time than we are used to.
The plants follow the season despite the clouds and our little flowering cherry “Accolade” has delighted us again this year.
Her flowers attract the female Osmia cornuta that are now busy filling up the holes in my bee houses.
Some prefer to be far from the madding crowds of the bee boxes and chose more select accommodation – like the drainage hole in my wooden window sill. The window is well inset into the house so her eggs will be safe until next year and she has made a beautiful job of filling the hole so that it is difficult to notice.
The Camelias have done well this year.
More than being just beautiful, they provide a sought after pollen for the bees.
The colour in the garden is being provided more by the tulips now, as the daffodils are fading.
I just have to pay tribute to the primula which light up the garden just now and self seed to appear in early spring. Granted, they do not appear in the most convenient places but they accept harsh treatment by being separated and replanted where they are required.
It is a time to wander in the garden and meet old friends.
It is a time to discover new shoots on plants that had been feared dead. My Salvia leucantha has survived its first year in the soil (protected by a fleece).
Fruit tree flowers are being examined for signs of fruit. I think this yellow plum is producing fruit this year but it is early days.
We made a discovery that although we have had our Ash-leaved Maple for many years, it was only this year we noticed the flowers full of buzzing bees gathering pollen.
Leaving the best news to last – a friend has brought us two loads of horse manure courtesy of his horses. The first load is already on the vegetable garden awaiting spreading and re-positioning and this is the second load placed strategically at the bottom of the back garden. I shall use it wisely.