There was an orange cone and some branches creating a barrier next to the mesh gate by the pond, as well as quite a few footprints in the soil the other side of the gate. I later found out from the gardener that someone had broken the gate.
Star-like blue flowers - open wide and enjoying the sunshine
There are an amazing amount of buds on this plant - I'm not sure I've seen this many on it before
Crocus wide open in the sun
Pollen dotted on the petals - there were quite a lot of bees around on that sunny morning
The starry flowers that were still in the shade were still tightly shut
Little blue buds
The sunshine had encouraged several huge bumble bees to come and gather nectar
There are so many slightly different kinds of magnolias - all at different stages.
A sunbathing cat
Bumble bee in a crocus
Where's it going?
Sunlight through red leaves
Another kind of bud - a tight cluster of new growth about to burst open
Magnolias delicately tinged with pink - lovely against the blue sky
Breaking the rules - taking photos towards the sun
Slender white magnolias
Camelia bud opening
I was still trying to find out if these were pods or buds
There aren't nearly as many on the tree now so I searched on the ground underneath and found a pod
The Australian pine tree is looking healthier now with more new growth at the tips of the branches
Magnolia flowers - these remind me of a candelabra
The sunshine on the witch hazel flowers seemed to have completely changed their colour
Sunlight through hellebores
I like the way these new green leaves curl
On bare branches next to last year's dried brown leftovers clusters of pink trumpet like flowers are emerging
A thin smoky mist hung in the air around the steps too
Sunlight illuminating each leafy bud among the old beech nuts
A bank of hellebores. Bees purposefully swooped underneath the bowed flower heads making them bob around
Pink tinged buds that will become scented yellow azaleas poke up above the old seed pods from last year's flowers
New growth on slender stems - this might be a beech branch with its buds catching the sunlight
Sometimes people put things in the hole in the trunk of the big beech tree. In the past I've found flowers, pine cones, small toys, an easter egg. etc. On Thursday there were two egg shaped white stones perched in there
More buds - each one a promise of new life to come
A little bug like a dark ladybird, on a wide open crocus
A bee misjudging the entrance to a crocus
That' s better
I love the way the sun shines through things, changing the colours and casting interesting shadows
Crazy euphorbia middles like crabs claws - and just when I thought I'd seen everything it was going to do I noticed something else - little antennae-like triple anthered stamens
A clump of bulrush seeds floating on the pond
A close up of the pod I found - it really does look like rusty metal
2nd walk - Friday 18th March
A walk with a friend.
The gardener had mended the gate next to the pond. My friend noticed that the guneras by the pond are just beginning to show their new green shoots
Red leaves with green veins
It was cloudy today and the temperature had dropped. quite a bit since yesterday. These flowers were attracting bumble bees yesterday but there wasn't a bee in sight today.
I have been finding these little white flowers very challenging to photograph. The buds expand like little balloons until finally you can see the petals separating
We caught sight of the gardener in the distance spreading manure (the aroma was reaching us) on the wide borders beside the lawn
After our enjoyable walk my friend and I had a wonderful lunch in the Coach House Cafe The food there is delicious and so attractively presented and the staff are lovely.
Thank you very much for joining me