I could hear machinery - the gardener was clearing paths with the leaf blower.
Tiny bright orange flowers with vivid pink stems by the pond
Primrose - with a centre like a floating pearl
Close up of very tufty moss
Shaggy flowers and dark berries
Mahonia flowers opening
The overall height of the plants in the prairie beds get lower and lower each time I visit as dead stems collapse or are removed - but there is a lot happening at ground level.
I was distracted by the bright shiny iris berries nearby
Back to the prairie beds - and a look at the new growth at the base of one kind of plant
Once again on the fence under the magnolia a robin sang
Clumps of daffodil buds are ready to burst open
Long stripy leaf veins and a tiny cluster of pink flowers
Although I came across the pheasants again several more times all I managed to catch in a photo were their tails as they vanished into the undergrowth.
Crocuses pushing their way up through the remaining fallen leaves
Clumps of snowdrops among the red and yellow stems
All that's left from the red and orange witch hazel flowers
A different noise of machinery in the distance and a glimpse of the gardener's yellow jacket through the leaves as he pruned shrubs.
Azalea seed cases - dark hairy shells with pale smooth orange insides
At times it was still and quiet apart from the occasional bird singing or small children's voices as they played but at times the wind blew and tossed the branches about making a sound like the sea crashing onto the shore
Maybe I should be a bit concerned about branches falling if I'm walking in woods when the wind is strong - but I find it quite exhilarating
The Australian pine - with one pine cone at the side. There is some green at the top so it's hopeful that it will still grow OK in spite of the dead tips in places
The orange and red witch hazel may have almost finished flowering but the pale green one is even more of a riot of little crinkled ribbon like explosions than it was before
Little dwarf irises
Snowdrops between the clumps of daffodils - no buds showing on these daffodils
More new growth at the base of plants in the prairie beds
The cat giving me a bit of a look. I'd been sitting on a bench stroking it but I'd removed it from my lap when it started kneading me with its claws.
Seed pods and dried stems in the flower bed at the side of the lawn - but plenty of new growth showing at the base of the plants here too
There are still a few spindle berries left on the trees at the back of the flower bed
New growth at the base of dead twigs
The cat still giving me a look
Tiny flecks of pale blue on a shrub with pine like needles
The cat was following me
and closer - these have what looks like a "floating pearl" in their centres, like the primroses
Jerusalem sage seed pods
Fish disturbing the surface of the pond
Daffodils on the rocks by the pond - very helpful for photographing without having to lean down
Thank you very much for joining me