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Hurrah for warm weather!  It makes everything feel so much better.  A busy Easter weekend means this will be short and sweet because I’m actually spending time IN the garden, getting things sorted. So:

  1. These are tulips that were left in the tub over winter.  I didn’t think they would do much but they have been lovely – albeit a bit spindly in the stem. They are ‘Angelique’, my absolute favourite tulip. Here they are a bit blowsy and overblown, but that’s just the way I like them. img_0937.jpg
  2. This is one of the succulents that has  been overwintering in the greenhouse.  It came out onto the patio a few days ago and has put out these lovely flower spikes. I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s certainly brightening things up.  Behind it is a Aeonium that had gone all crispy and curly but a bit of fresh air and a drink has sorted it out.   IMG_0935
  3. This is two ladybirds making the most of springtime in the plum tree.  I wanted to photograph the masses of tiny plums that are coming on but they wouldn’t show up as they are too small.  The ladybugs are a bit blurry because I got too close but anyhow, they are cute.   IMG_0946 2
  4. And while we’re on the subject of bugs in the garden; every year we have Tawny Mining Bees in our front garden.  The soil is very dry and poor which is probably why they like it.  We rarely see the bees but these are their nest holes.  Little volcanoes of soil with a hole in the top for them to nip in and out of, I am always delighted to welcome them back in Spring.   Celandines have crept onto the grass from under the hedge, but what the heck, they’re so cheerful.IMG_0863
  5. The teeny-tiny wildlife pond is also settling in well.  I think I posted a pic of it last time.  The Erythronium “Pagoda’ have done really well and filled out beautifully.  They don’t last long but those delicate yellow heads brighten up this corner.  The pulmonaria has also done really well and it looks as though there is a rogue brunnera in there that has probably arrived courtesy of the resident blackbird.  There’s a bit of blanket weed but I’ll get that out one of the days, and if you look carefully you’ll see two of the Gnomes (Rob and Alan) have been released from winter storage.IMG_0938
  6. And finally, this little trough has been giving us a lot of pleasure.  Planted up last year it has come into flower again with perfect timing.  It is placed outside the summer-house and we can see it from the sitting room window.  The blue of the lithodora (right) and the muscari (left) is lovely against those yellow mini tulips.   IMG_0936

That’s it! Hope you have a lovely Easter weekend and are feeling the warmth of spring (in the northern hemisphere) on your faces.

The Optimistic Gardener.