Thursday, 24 March 2011
After a cold, miserable winter, the arrival of the Spring equinox this week has been a blast of much needed sunshine and birdsong. With temperatures climbing into the high teens and no rain, the garden has burst into life with daffodils, primroses and the first violets and grape hyancinths budding.
Everywhere are new buds and new shoots. Hoverflies and bees are emerging and the still air is draped with the shimmering threads of busy spiders, drifting lazily across the lawn.
willow leaves emerging
The birds are full song and the bird table has quite a variety of visitors. So far in the garden I've seen:
Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Starling, Thrush, Jay, Wood pigeon, Collared dove, Long tailed tit, Bluetit, Great Tit, Magpie and Rook. But there is one casualty of the harsh winter, no signs of any wrens.
The supermoon seemed much brighter over the woods last weekend and was a great chance to catch sight of the bats that fly in over the garden.
This weekend sees the Kent's Big Weekend Out , let's hope this glorious weather lasts till then.
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More photos can be viewed at Ripplestone Garden.