Perhaps a late in posting to join Carol and everyone for April’s Bloom Day but here I am. Originally ahead of the game (taking my photos on the 13th) I then found no time near the PC! Too good an opportunity to miss, the dry, warm weather over the last week has helped kick start my garden projects for 2010 :-)
Things are taking shape out there now and although there is still much to do I do find this an exciting time of year. Yep, I’ve been a tad sore and tired but enthusiasm I am never short of when working in my garden. However, I am aware I have neglected my blog visitors and visits to other bloggers too.
Today we have had our first rain in over a week. Finally there was a time slot to start looking through my photos and building up some story telling montages. I never lose my enthusiasm for making montages either but probably spend too much extra time on them that I could use to visit other blogs.
Okay, enough chat for now. I’m certain I’ll not be the only one busy in the garden and short on time at the PC. I do hope you’ve been having a good time in your garden too be it watching birds, wildlife or gardening. I wonder what everyone in blogland has been up to. I'll have to get blog browsing myself tomorrow as its a little late tonight.
Let's quickly roll the storytelling montages…
What says Spring more than the many daffodil yellows, deep pink primula globes, tiny blue brunnera flowers, delicate pale yellow primroses, blossom with insects feeding and the robin following the gardener around. I've been getting followed a lot!
Tulips in flower tell us that Spring is moving on. Magnolia buds are beginning to open, wisteria buds will wait a little longer and crocus have left this Spring garden party! Soon to open fresh leaf buds on Hawthorn, Weeping Pear and Acers will take us through to the next stage. Climbers like Honeysuckle, roses and clematis too. Ivy leaves are attracting insects on sunny days.
With the schools off, the sunshine has had us out and about too. A wander around Scone Palace Grounds yesterday held the magic of Spring. The gardens celebrated drifts and drifts of daffodils. The beach hedge maze complimented them well. A complete contrast came with the blues of peacocks and a vibrant red flowering rhododendron. It was nice to see other families out too.
Back on April 13th it was hellebores and the perennial wallflower Bowles Mauve that joined my daffs in flower. Indoors I had orchid flowers (the only house plant I do) and vases of tulips. Back outdoors not all was pretty. Sedums are coming to life again but my cotoneaster is looking a little worse for the winter. I’m going to have to prune away the shrivelled uneaten berries.
This morning and the picture was quite different. The rain gave the garden a whole new look again. The montage above gives a little preview of what I’m been working on this last couple of weeks. My back garden hanging basket has had a makeover. Plants and rocks have been moved around… baskets of alliums were discovered!
My pond dig has begun and I’ve been a bit creative with spill. I’ll reveal what I’ve been up to with that another time. Time is needed for some weeding below the bird feeders now as the emergency seed mixes bought during our long snow spell have germinated.
Yesterday I spent some time tidying inside my greenhouse and shed as access had become restricted due to over use! A good reorg was required. Cleaning the glass in my greenhouse and treating the outside wood of my shed has to come up the list of jobs to do for the moment too. The next job with my pond is building a wall. That should be fun.
As I’ve not been on my PC during the evening this past while I haven’t seen much in the way of hedgehog activity. I continued to put food out at the feeding station and in the ground feeder beside my small pond. I have wondered if the building site around the new pond area might disorientate the visiting hedgehogs that pass by it. I hope not.
I have seen a hedgehog use the feeding station on a regular basis and using my night camera have been surprised to see where the cats do their night garden watching. They have used my arbour seat and have sat on the table next to Hedgehog Manor. I have seen one cat in particular almost follow the hedgehogs.
Edmund, our neighbour's cat 'cat watches' this intruder cat and takes time to pose for the camera. He hasn’t been seen following hedgehogs. No sightings on my cameras tonight out in the garden or in the nestboxes. Looks like we won’t be seeing nesting birds this year again. That’s a shame.
It was fascinating to see the hedgehog footprints in the snow at the end of March. But what’s that with the weather map above? No… don’t tell me we could be seeing snow footprints in the morning again. The BBC weather report says that in just a few hours at around 4am snow could fall in our area! Oh my... if the temps drop it will be a shock to our young guinea pigs recently back out in their outside hutch.
Gosh that is a bit weird to think that we could have snow at the same as volcanic ash clouds are above us. What a disruption this ash has been. I’d like to add that my thoughts are with those families unable to fly back home after their holiday break. Our Scottish school terms begin again this week.
Sorry, I really was trying not to chat on tonight. As always, after the weekend, I am wondering what has been visiting your garden and what garden work you have been up to. I do hope you had a good weekend :-D
Photos above were taken in and out my garden with the exception of the weather map image from the BBC.