After weeks of pouring rain we’ve finally had a few days of sunshine and clear nights. And with the clear nights came the first really hard frost.
A family of house sparrows lives in the guttering on the building above. The sparrow on the left sits on the guttering and calls for the others (right) to come back over and over again.
The photos aren’t great but it’s nice to see some bird activity – I miss watching the birds in the garden like I did when we lived in our flat. Hopefully more birds will discover our garden in the next few months, especially once we have some shrubs and trees for them to perch/hide on.
I’ve been reading about plants that provide food for bees during the Winter/early Spring and discovered primroses. So I picked a few up when we went shopping at the weekend.
We bought this cheerful red pot (to match the front door) and filled it with a red flame primrose. The other 5 are in terracotta pots elsewhere in the garden.
We bought a pink primrose.
And 6 cream primroses. Plenty of food for the bees. Plenty of colour for our garden.
I did all the potting in the new gardening gloves I got for Christmas! It seemed a shame to get them dirty but it would be worse if they sat in the cupboard in pristine condition because they’d never been used. My hands were frozen solid by the time I finished but I refuse to be beaten by the Winter!
And talking of Christmas, one of the gifts we received was a miniature apple tree.
At the moment it’s a big stalk around 5ft tall. It has one perfectly curled leaf on the top and buds all the way up. I can’t wait to see this come to life in the Spring.
The weather has been awful and the house has been feeling quite dark so I’ve been brightening the house up with flowers. I’ve been buying the occasional bunch of Alstroemerias because I like their scruffiness and they last for ages. The green and red flowers are my favourite but this purple bunch is lovely too. I feel a bit bad buying flowers flown half way around the world and really should pick plants from where I live instead. I’m not sure people living along the lanes wouldn’t appreciate me hacking away at their plants with scissors though. When I have a garden full of flowers, I’ll pick my own.
On a side note, I accidentally dug up one of my daffodil bulbs while planting the primroses and it had shoots about an inch long. So hopefully it won’t be too long before all the bulbs I planted start popping up. Roll on Spring and sunny weather.