Stormy weather has given way to a sunny evening.
The Red maple has caught the glow, offering glimpses of days to come, for summer seems close at hand.
The spring has lingered and time seems out of step with expectation.
One day it’s flooding and the next there’s a hurricane blowing!
I heard someone say to expect frost at night this week…I hope not, as I’ve planted a lot of seedlings out!
The tunnel has escaped the ravages of the crazy weather and the Grapevine is coming into leaf.
Herb Robert carpets the ground underneath the vine.
This is a perfect ground-cover, as the root system is very delicate and shallow, so doesn’t take much from the earth.
I caught the boys in here sunbathing in the warmth and out of the wind…
They are inseparable! Che-Mousey follows Sammy-Bear everywhere.
He was very lonely before Sammy-Bear joined us…
The plan is to save masses of seed this year and already the Lunaria is developing tiny seed-heads.
If you look closely, you can see the seed-heads and a beautiful bee doing her work!
These will expand to become “Moon-Pennies”
The lovely thing about Lunaria is that once you introduce it into your garden it will spread year upon year…it is a most generous flower and so loved by bees.
This is Lunaria growing by the laurel arch today.
The heavenly scent is trapped in the archway and makes a visit to the herb garden and tunnel a joy!
Valerian and Columbine have the same generous, spreading habit and all beloved by the bees…
Both are growing freely by Buddha…neither one planted, but self-seeded in the gravel.
The Apple blossom has opened fully today.
It’s 8pm as I finish writing and the sky outside the window by the desk is a perfect summer blue, making it hard to believe that frost lies ahead!
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I have lots of Lunaria too, just started with a few plants. The pictures of your gardens are spectacular. Sam has grown into quite a cat. Its so nice that Che-Mousey has a friend now. Everyone needs them. We may have a frost tonight, from 80’s yesterday to 50’s today with wind.. I will have to cover things tonight.. I do love spring but each year I forget how much work spring is!
My best to you Colette
Good to hear from you Carole…tomorrow evening I look forward to sitting down and catching up with all your happenings and see what you’ve been up to. Monday night is my chill out time this week!
Blessings, Colette X
Thank you for the beautiful pictures and uplifting words. Solidarity!