2nd April — 8th April
On Bank Holiday Monday we had a deluge of snow yet again. Since then, the weather has changed to milder conditions with a lot of rain and some sunny interludes. This has encouraged the garden to burst into growth bringing the bees out much more frequently.
Buff tailed bumble bees are common at the moment and enjoy the flowering currant and primulas. We also see tree bees, a recent incomer to Britain.
The Berberis is covered in flower buds that will open shortly. The intense oranges are striking against the dark green evergreen leaves.
The Primula have recovered from being buried in drifts of snow, the flowers looking like soft stars in the shadier corners of the garden. This patch only gets direct sunshine in the morning.
There is quite a lot of insect life, most of it too fast for me to photograph. These woodlice are a bit more pedestrian. They are one of the great cleaners of the garden, recycling decaying material and making it available for plant life.
This last visitor looks like a bee and is just as good a pollinator, but it’s a hoverfly.
Spring is a wonderful time of year in the garden with the promise of longer and warmer days. I’m looking forward to seeing the first signs of nesting now that there are more signs of insect life.