April 30th — May 6th
week has seen a massive increase in the number of bees and other pollinators in the garden. The Berberis has been a popular destination with it’s tiny bell shaped, bright yellow flowers.
The dandelions are also popular. The open flowers provide easy access and the bees always leave covered in pollen.
Everything is suddenly exploding into life. The apple tree, still bare last week, is now speckled with pink blossom buds and emerging green leaves. In the photograph below, it is set off by a bright blue sky and provides a look out post for a watchful jackdaw.
A number of Jays are regular visitors, turning leaves to find grubs and picking insects out of the grass. I’m still trying to get a good shot of one in flight, but they are so fast moving, it’s proving difficult.
This week we found out for certain that badgers forage through the garden. One almost bowled Hubby over in it’s haste to get away when they found themselves in the same place at the same time.
Some of my favourite flowers appear at this time of year. Bluebells carpet many of the ancient woodlands of the UK filling the air with their delicate scent. We only have a couple where the grass is mowed less often. There are quite a few in the woods beyond, where the beech canopy is starting to build in lime green shades.
Speckled in the shady corners delicate wild violets are also in flower, set off by their deep green heart shaped leaves. They make a nice contrast to the soft yellow primroses.
The weather has continued to behave strangely changing from torrential rain and cold to unseasonably hot with record temperatures for the time of year. Hopefully it will settle and provide a more stable environment for all the creatures supporting their young.