A lovely warm sunny afternoon with a light breeze.
A tiny pale green spider was having a late lunch
Sunlight through mini tulips
Tiny acer leaves
We have one of these in our garden - not in such good condition though. The flowers are really tiny. I think it might have the word snow in its name but haven't been able to find out anything online about it.
This blossom is much larger
The gardener was cutting the edges of the grass and tidying flowerbeds
I keep being drawn back to the Korean Pine tree. I'm very interested in how different the flowers look. Some are orange/brown . . .
. . . some pale green ones which are in the process of turning red
and some look like tall raspberries
A tree overhangs the path further along. Its bare branches still have several big clusters of berries hanging on them
Underneath it a small tree is growing new leaves and tiny buds
The lily of the valley stems have shot up from under a leafy carpet
Magnolia in the sunshine
Bumble bee on a camelia
Delicate white bells with their flicked out skirts
Acer leaves on red stems
Leaves danced in eddies as the breeze caught them up and swirled them around.
The plants that smell of onions have developed clusters of round creamy berries with slightly pointed tops
Green acer with red acer behind it
From the other side - red acer with green acer behind it. There are so many tiny flowers on this red one
A cluster of tree peony leaves growing and spreading but still hiding the developing flower bud
Beech tree flowers
A circlet of bright yellow petals around each tiny daffodil-like trumpet
The gardener working on another flower bed
Tiny red azaleas
Colourful flower beds
On the way home I came to some roadworks and temporary traffic lights. While I was waiting patiently I realised I was in just the right position to take a photo of some spheres of mistletoe. I've been meaning to go and find somewhere nearby to park so I could take a photo before the tree grows new leaves and hides the mistletoe. I wonder if I've ever been grateful for roadworks and temporary traffic lights before.
WALK 2: Saturday 23rd
I was there by 10 past 8, first car in the car park and amazed that there was blue sky and sunshine again. It was much colder this time but I was quite surprised to notice that my breath hung in the air. There had obviously been some heavy rain in the night because quite a bit of tender new growth had been battered down to the ground from the tree tops. Leaves were shedding drops of water around me as the breeze shook them.
The low sunlight was dazzling, droplets of water that remained on the plants shone like diamonds. Photos weren't very successful till the sun lifted higher in the sky.
The new growth on the Golden Rain Tree stood out against the blue
Clouds danced across the sun changing the light minute by minute
Cold fingers - I was very glad my gloves were still in my bag.
Thick cream waxy bells dangled in a patch of sunshine
The banana plant is trying to escape from its winter protection
Leaves of the Lily of the valley plants have unfolded since my visit on Thursday
Showers of the delicate white porcelain-like bells
A close look at the Australian pine cone - there's just one weighing its branch down.
I stopped to do a very quick drawing of the "flower" of the onion smelling plant - water droplets from the plant made the ink smudge
A robin sang loudly above my head. Bees buzzed by and a dog was barking in the distance.
Fragile blossom trailed like lace across slim branches
and I breathed in the delicious scent of these tiny flowers once again
Hawthorn blossom opening
Three trees. I don't know what the nearest one is, the second is the Golden Rain Tree and the third is the magnolia
New shoots in the wide borders
Something else is on its way here
There will be beautiful marshmallow pink peonies here in late spring
The flower beds near the gate
Colourful reflections in the pond
Thank you very much for joining me