This morning saw early morning sunshine and flower colour for GBBD – it’s been a while! With a good planting of crocus now opening, a warm welcome back awaits newly emerged bees too. Today’s 1st 2013 Bumble bee was getting a tad messy as it dived in to feed on the Crocus pollen. Seeing it feed in my garden makes me even more aware of how much we as gardeners can help with their declining numbers.
Welcome back to blog visitors too! It seems forever since my last posting and even longer since I’ve been blogging at my usual late evening time slot. Just as with catching up on overdue jobs in the garden now that snow and cold has gone (although heavy rain now expected) I’ve a bit of catching up with Blogging too. I’ll not chat on this time, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and spread some early morning sunshine…
Joining the Narcissi and Crocus in flower on the 15th April 2013, was a newly planted Aubretia, The Christmas rose Hellebore, the Snowdrop’s cousin – a Snowflake with its wonderful yellow spots, a pink heather (planted for bees but yet to see feeding here) and Orientalis Hellebores in different stages of flower (some already going to seed).
In the shady spot behind the garden gate the Orientalis Hellebore’s are behind in flower from the others with lots just opening and many still in bud. I’m delighted with the good sized planting here and this staggers the food supply for bees and other insects too. Today, I noticed this area had Cuckoo flowers with buds and the first flowers opening from Brunnera Jack Frost. Soon the ferns will be unfurling here too. The 2013 gardening year is getting into gear!
To see what’s flowering in other parts of the world today, pop over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens and browse the links in her post. Carol hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day every 15th of the month if you’d like to join in. I don’t take part every month but on seeing the early morning sunshine this morning - I just had to get out with my camera! My last image comes back to early morning sunshine on heather and a drumstick primula that has self seeded in the mossy rock around my small pond.
Enjoy your garden, its newly emerging flowers, insects, foliage and wildlife… oh yes… and a warm welcome back to Hedgehogs! Yay… their winter hibernation is over and they are out garden visiting again. More on that next time ;-)
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in April 2013.