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i saw the first bumble bee of the year on sunday on one of my patio pots obviously enjoying the first warm weather fo the year, it was mainly black and large but with a small amount of orange at the base of it's tail.


  • I have a cold but thought a walk up the garden would help the stuffiness and am I glad I did - the birds were singing at the top of their voices,the smaller daffodils have all burst into bloom to join the snowdrops and crocuses, bumblebees here and there, a young squirrel scurrying away as he is still wary of me, the vegetable garden beautifully friable making me wish my temperature would go down. I love the spring.
  • Not with us yet on Bodmin moor! Yesterday was the first day in 10 with no frost. Really looking forward to the spring now. that said the garlics are coming through and broad beans are still living in teh cold frame!:)
  • Out in the garden, the sun shining, bulbs erupting everywhere, most of the climbers showing signs of life, the buds on some of the azaleas just showing colour, its happening, Spring is almost upon us at last. I was attracted by the bees making the most of the warmth and harvesting nectar from the crocus, when a large Queen bumble bee passed close by and settled on a shrub. Having studied it a bit closer, I could see that it didn't look like the usual ones seen in my garden, so I legged it indoors and grabbed a book on British insects. After a good hour of darting about the borders, I think that I have identified two Bumble Bees, Bombus Terrestris and Bombus Lapidarius. The frogs have been busy also, as one pond is full of spawn, another batch of helpers for the summer slug patrol
  • Tried digging in my garden last Sunday and the fork bounced off the ground. Snow just about disappeared. Please think about us in the magazine we are at least a month behind
  • In the last few days of lovely warm weather the honey bees have been out eagerly collecting nectar to stock up their diminshed supplies. They love the ivy flowers, although I have been advised that they need extra water to convert the nectar as ivy is rather crystalised. I put extra bowls of water out, and my daughter who keeps bees puts trays of gravel with water so the bees don't fall in and drown.
  • Serendipity in the front garden today - the aubrieta is flowering and as the forsythia and flowering quince are late there will be artistic colour schemes I do not usually have. My first butterfly this year was a peacock at the spring flowers in my "Persian Runner" which promises to be beautiful. The daffodils are already splendid.
  • done some work in the garden today,tidying
    and a bit of planting.I've not been able to do a lot due to a back problem but I have really enjoyed it and took my time.It's good to see some real sign of spring,the crocus look brilliant in the sun,the birds singing and blue skys is just what we all need.hope this dry weather lasts a bit longer.
  • Found two lily beetles on my early flowering iris although the leaves have only just broken through - had hoped that all the snow and low temperaturs would have killed them off after being plagued by them last year on my lilies.
  • The snowdrops have been out for a while in south wales and the blue bells are starting to emerge in places... and as reported in other posts, the crocuses are in full bloom. This winder seem to have lasted for ages with the early freeze and snow fall before and after christmas... hope the summer does the same.
  • The weather has been so mild in Bristol that grape hyacinths and pink forget-me-nots have added their colour to the wonderful show of daffodils and primulas. At last the forsythias are in full bloom although some shrubs like the buckthorn are late this year, which makes me worry for the brimstone butterfly.
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