MONDAY - COOMBE WOOD WALK
As I left my car I heard horses coming along the lane. I wished I was brave enough to ask the riders if I could stroke the horses but they'd gone before I'd plucked up the courage.
Patches of water where the sun shone brightly made the pond weed look luminous
Streaks across the pond behind the skunk cabbage - trails left by fish swimming close to the surface perhaps?
White flowers - each bud tipped with that raspberry red colour that seems to be everywhere at the moment
Very small blue flowers
The primroses are still going strong
Love these - more raspberry colour
Small red tulips
The cats stirred themselves from their sunbathing to come and say hello. When they were both next to each other I could see that one has slightly longer fur than the other but I might not be able to tell which was which if I only saw one of them on its own.
Some of the magnolia trees are thick with open flowers now
More raspberry coloured buds - which open into strange little blue flowers
Hawthorn - May tree - with raspberry coloured buds.
Sapphire blue daisy-like flowers
Clusters of white flowers among the heather
Korean pine "flowers" developing (like raspberries)
Pine cone and new "flowers" that haven't turned red yet. The flowers seem to develop all around the stem and then grow upright.
Some of the ones that have turned red are already quite tall
Red acer leaves unfurling - with flowers underneath
Cream camelia with pink edging
Pale pink magnolia
Green acer with flowers dangling underneath
Deep pink magnolia with pale pink magnolia behind it
New leafy growth which looks purple in the shade but burgundy in brighter light
Tiny greeny yellow buds that look like brussel sprouts and opening flowers that are a bit like miniature daffodils
Peculiar tiny flowers with strange middles - will become plump shiny bright red berries later on like the one peeping through from underneath
Some buds are subtle and blend in with the leaves
Rounded grape hyacinth bells with delicate white borders on the more mature bells
The stems of the yellow flowers have shot up lifting their heads above the other plants that are beneath them - and tulips are shooting up even higher throughout the flower bed creating layers of colour
Another bed is full of delicate pinks and blues . . .
. . . interspersed with pops of raspberry red
Back to the pond - skunk cabbage and marsh marigolds. The sun had gone behind a cloud and the pond week was no longer flourescent
TUESDAY - OUR GARDEN
My "Cliff Richard" rose - leafy growth catching the sun
The delicate flowers of the oniony smelling plants looked like stained glass in the sunshine
Fluffy robin singing its heart out
I caught sight of a heron flying over the gardens - it's been visiting my near neighbours' pond recently
It landed on the neighbours' roof and surveyed the area
The heron's feathers ruffled in the breeze. A noisy crow flew at it several times so it took off again, followed by the squawking crow. The heron is such a majestic bird with a huge wingspan - not really what you expect to see in gardens in town - quite a treat - although the neighbour with a pond probably doesn't think so.
Thank you very much for joining me