Clocks spring forward this weekend and I know spring is coming, but somehow I’m feeling tired of being chilly, I wish things would cheer up a bit. A quick tour round the garden always helps the mood, so here goes for this week’s #SixOnSaturday.
I may be taking spring slowly, but it’s all happened this week in the pond. Four, or maybe five, frogs feature here. I counted at least 20 males, they sang almost non-stop for 10 days. Only one female was spotted, yet there are buckets full of frogspawn now, so I guess those girls knew what they were doing.
I do love the secret flowers that pop up in springtime. Erythronium occasionally appear, one has popped up this year. The flowers are delicate and the foliage distinctive.
It will be a good while until fruit season, but blossom is on its way. I have a 200 year old pear tree that is about to burst forth. It is full of buds this year.
For the first time, it looks as though I’ve managed to overwinter a cordyalis. Here it is, tiny, but very pretty for a few weeks.
My favourite hellebore has taken many weeks to arrive, but is here now. This is a reminder to me to pop out and keep soaking in the view. The centre of these flowers is what I love the most.
Last, and certainly not least, peak scilla seems to have hit. On a sunny morning, this is what they do. How could anyone not smile when they see this.
It really is very cheering to get into the garden and have a mooch around. Hope you have time to do so too this weekend. Stay safe, take care out there, and don’t forget to follow the crowd on Mastodon. We are starting to get the sixes going on Mastodon (other instances in the Fediverse are available), but we need a few more folk to toot on the topic: come join us. All you need to do is find 6 things in your garden to show us. Then post on social, or add a link at Jim’s blog below. For regulars, our organiser is Jim at https://gardenruminations.co.uk/. Also on twitter @JamesLStephens. And I’m now mostly on mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org.