At the beginning of March I wrote an article for the Cheshire Environmental Records Centre newsletter about the garden in springtime. (You can read it here: Wildlife on your doorstep)
I can’t believe how much the garden has changed since then. Drifts of snowdrops, crocuses and dwarf iris have faded away only to be replaced by stunning daffodil drifts, primroses and hellebores.
The garden looks lovely at the moment. There are vibrant yellows, pastel purples, beautiful blues and pure whites.
Drifts of daffodils symbolise that spring has sprung and is now in full swing. There are so many different varieties and every one of them is beautiful.
The primroses are also looking their best now adding vibrant colour under the trees whilst hellebores add pastel hues to the garden. Hyacinths also look beautiful at the moment and their heady scent wafts down the garden.
If I had to choose my most favourite flower in the garden at the moment, I think I would choose….snakeshead fritillaria. I think it’s such a delicate pretty flower. The pastel shade of purple with chequered pattern is exquisite.
My favourite tree in the garden at the moment has to be the damson tree. I absolutely love the the delicate pure white blossom and the hoverflies, bees and other insects adore it too.
It’s not just the plants that are taking centre stage in the garden though. Wildlife is returning to the garden once more. Those sleepy hedgehogs are waking up, frogs are relaxing under the hibernacula and newts are returning to the pond.
It’s lovely to see the hedgehogs waking up from their hibernation. They have a big shake, a good old scratch and then waddle off to find food. (You can see some hedgehog footage here)
The pond is absolutely teaming with life. In the sunshine I can see caddisfly, flatworms, water daphne and waterlice.
I absolutely love sitting by the pond on a sunny spring day to watch the newts dancing about showing off to one another and laying their eggs on plant leaves. (You can see some pondlife footage here though the newts are being shy)
Spring is such a lovely time of year, it really does lift your spirits.
The garden is bursting with life and colour now so get out there and enjoy it.