At long last, the weather seems to be warming up (it was a windless 22 C (72F) degrees yesterday!) and there are a few signs that spring is approaching. I only hope that we do not have another cold spell. The sun's warmth has been very welcome and we have both enjoyed the heat on our backs. We have seen the occasional early butterfly and bee, and the lizards have reappeared in the last couple of days; it is good to see them basking in the sun.
The usual avian suspects like black caps, great tits, chaffinches and goldfinches have stayed in the garden over winter, enticed by the food we put out. The blue tits are still coming to the window sill for food, their favourite being sunflower seeds!
There are several hyacinths out, and to my delight, I now see 3 daffodils. Most of the bulbs had rotted after the snow melted in February!
A lone snowdrop hidden in the shade
The cactus seem to have survived the big freeze and they are enjoying the sunshine
The bluebells are looking healthy and I hope they will soon form a mass of blue flowers
The wild violets are happy in their patches; the top picture shows that the flies are also again in evidence!
The hydrangea, having been pruned back, is starting to shoot all over
One of my followers told me the name of this plant some time ago, but I am afraid I have forgotten!! Can anyone out there come to my rescue?