Bulrushes (after a pillow fight?)
The pond was thick with algae. The gardener is waiting for the council to get a part to mend the pump that makes the waterfall work. The waterfall aerates the pond which helps stop the formation of algae
Bees were out collecting pollen
The wonderful structure of the Korean pine cone fascinates me
Are these flowers? Will they become cones?
On a nearby pine of a different kind, little cones form on the ends of the branches
Laurel flowers - fluffy tendrils
A glimpse of the gardener loading up a barrow full of manure
Hydrangea flower skeletons
The gardener was using a short cut walkway across the flower bed through an arch in the hedge to refill the wheelbarrow
WALK 2. (24th)
Still waiting for the part for the pump?
The new leaves on the gunera are only small at the moment but they're already rough and spiky
I hadn't gone far when I felt some rain drops. Little splashes of colour brightened up the walk.
I am having an irritating problem with my camera - the lens covers sometimes fail to open fully - creating dark patches at the edge of the photo as in the one below.
Some of the primroses were yellower than usual. Quite a few were a bit ragged round the edges
Perhaps this little green creature was the culprit
Arching stems with deep orange buds now lightening in colour and beginning to open
These were the bobbly buds from Monday - now blue
Mistletoe in the Hawthorn Tree
Two large skeleton leaves
The things (technical term) on the ends of the branches of the Korean pine look as if they've been dusted with flour
And some of the bobbles along the stems which I wondered about on my previous visit (are they flowers/baby cones?) have turned red
As I walked along the path the sun shone for just long enough to shine through the wings of a jay as it swooped down and flew ahead of me and up into a tree.WOW - such a lovely flash of colour - but far too quick for me to catch a photo of it in flight.
Curls of peeling birch bark
Here a pods on the ground under the tree which will have large leaves on it. This one has been cracked open - inside is a lot of fluffy seeds and a hard centre. I have been searching online and I think it's a Paulownia tomentosa - if it is then some interesting flowers will be forming on the tree soon
Rhododendron stamens are such an amazing shape
Pattern on the top of a gate post
New growth - all sorts of colours and shapes
Purple hellebore seed pods
The bank of daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses in front of the little hut
A trio of crocuses
The papery leftovers of empty honesty seed pods - many just a stem and an empty loop
A riot of colour
Dark leaves wet and shiny with rain
Back to the bulrushes
Each individual open flower looked as if it had a pearl sitting in the middle
Thank you very much for joining me