Six on Saturday | Spring has Sprung

So, the first few days of proper spring as the vernal equinox took place at exactly 21:24¬† (Greenwich Mean Time) on Monday March 20. The spring weather has yet to appear though as we have had showers and heavy rain all week with the best of the sunshine first thing in the morning. However, I…

An English Spring

After the dark short days of November, the wet and windy days of December and the long dreary month of January I look forward to signs of spring. Luckily late winter flowers in February of snowdrops, winter aconites, crocuses, early dwarf irises and hellebores help revive the spirit and fill the gap until the real…

Six on Saturday | Middle-March

The month of March is marching on with only a couple of days until we reach the vernal equinox when daylight hours equal the hours of darkness. This is when spring truly starts for me. I was going to do a post purely about the yellow flowers appearing in my garden this week, but could…

Nature Photo Challenge: Pink

Pink is not a colour I associate with my garden and especially at this time of year, but I thought I’d have a wander and see whether there was anything in flower this weekend. (please click on image to enlarge) And a trio of brightly coloured Anemone ‘St Brigid’ The header photo is a Hellebore…

Six on Saturday | The Big Chill

Forget the start of Spring, winter returned with a vengeance this week to many parts of the UK and northern Europe. Fortunately in the south-west it was rain and not snow.¬† Still too cold and wet to do anything much in the garden, but the only thing I need to do is go round and…

Nature Photo Challenge: Eyes

Just the one eye from me, I thought it was time for my favourite butterfly “Mr Grumpy” to have his moment of fame again. A face only a mother could love. (please click on image to enlarge) Denzil Nature Photo Challenge#2 | Eyes

Six on Saturday | Spring Forward

Although the first of March is considered to be the beginning of spring in meteorological terms I tend to stick with the astronomical terms – the Vernal equinox falls on Monday March 20th this year. But there is no doubt that life in the garden is beginning to emerge with the longer hours of daylight….

March 1st

1st March is not only St David’s Day – the patron saint of Wales – but also the first day of spring according to the meteorological calendar in the northern hemisphere. To celebrate both here are some of the earliest daffodils from my garden. (The daffodil is the national flower of Wales). The daffodil symbolises¬†rebirth…

Nature Photo Challenge: Patterns

A new photo challenge has been launched by Denzil with a new theme each week (Wednesday). For this one I had a look around my own garden and found some lovely stripes and circles. Denzil Nature Photo Challenge #1 | Patterns

Saturday Sketches #30

During the winter I take a break from the Six on Saturday meme as there is not much to record in my garden over the next few months (Plus it is too wet and cold to go out there). Instead I shall be posting photos that have been taken on my phone and edited with…