My beautiful fish, along with all the wildlife in our pond, always keep me entertained. This morning they were fighting over a freshly laid feast of frogspawn. Must be Spring!
Doing a bit of voluntary work sometimes brings the most surprising rewards. I was assisting one of the ladies at the IT group where I teach a few weeks ago and happened to ask what her password was for something. ‘Hellebore****’ she said. Now, Hellebores happen to be amongst my favourite plants, and when we had the garden landscaped in 2013 I insisted on a bed planted only with them, so of course we got talking, and to my delight she told me that she was a Hellebore ‘breeder’ and had lots of unusual types in her garden.
This week, she invited me to go and see them and take a few ‘babies’. Her garden is quite magical and bursting with Hellebores of all types and colours – spotty ones, double ones, ruffed ones, a quite gorgeous and rare bright yellow one… all currently in their full glory. She generously dug up seedlings and small plants and I came home with a car full! They’ll take a couple of years to grow, but in the meantime I thought I’d share with you a few photos of those that I do have that are already in a profusion bloom!
Well, it’s a really miserable day here. No sign of the torrential rain stopping, so I’ve been looking through a few of last year’s spring photo’s to cheer me up. Thought I’d share ’em! By the way, that’s a teeny tiny spider on a miniature daffodil taken with a long ‘ol lens – well, you didn’t think I’d get close up now, did you? 🙂
Despite the downpours and the freezing gale force wind today (that really, really, hasn’t been helpful while I was outside with my camera), there is evidence in my garden that the plants are waking up and that it’s not too long until spring.
As the ancient Chinese proverb says:
‘Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.’ It certainly seems so today!