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Aaron, Jackie, and I continued tidying up the garden this morning.
Daffodils still glow all over;
the new generation of honesty crops up everywhere;
and the Anemone albas are spreading nicely in the Weeping Birch Bed.
Jackie has weeded around and cleaned the little cistern pond, thus revealing the frogs and Jattie’s sculpture.
The lamp glowing in the sunlight is one of the snake’s head fritillaries Jackie has added to those already shining in the Cryptomeria Bed.
A peacock butterfly tried in vain to look invisible on the gravel of the Heligan Path which joins
the south end of the Brick Path.
Bees continue to plunder the pulmonaria.
I had a fairly lengthy conversation with a young collared dove taking advantage of Aaron’s fencing.
and sparrows were far too busy gathering nesting material to chat.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious lamb jalfrezi and special fried rice; followed by apple pie and custard.. She drank sparkling water and I drank Cimarosa limited edition Shiraz 2014.
Busy, busy, busy… how does Jackie find the time to cook all these fantastic meals?!!
She generally does enough for five or six goes and freezes the rest. Thanks a lot, GP
That’s brilliant, Derrick (and Jackie). As my youngest are in college & around less and less, I will need to remember this trick. It used to be I’d cook all I could & it was GONE.
Definitely some mood lifting photography here.
Many thanks, Oglach
I love to watch the sparrows working with such joy as they build their nests. I’m not sure I would want to build a new house every year. I wonder what you said to the dove?
“Hang on in there – I’;; get a good one in a minute”. Thank you, Ginene
Yes, I wondered about that conversation, myself.
Beautiful photo of the collared dove Derrick!
Many thanks, Pauline
I’ve always loved doves. Beautiful photos, Derrick. I enjoyed the owl keeping a watchful eye over the south end of the Brick Path.
Many thanks, Jill. The owls are everywhere
Seeing your photographs early in the morning is always invigorating. There are so many magical moments but I love the last two – I can never catch those thieving birds on camera but my brush fence is devastated by their looting.
Very many thanks, Mary.
Everywhere we look this garden has something delightful to yield.
Many thanks, Leslie
I must say, one look at the snake’s head flower and I winced, but that’s not to say it’s beautiful in its own flowery way! (I own one plant which pops a white flower every now and then. I’ll look it up and let you know its name)
Thank you Shamim. Perhaps the name is off-putting
Maybe…? But it definitely caught my eye!
Birds, butterflies, bees, and a beautiful garden! Lovely post!
Many thanks, Cheryl
I have never heard of a peacock butterfly. Obviously they didn’t make it across the pond. Gorgeous little things.
Thanks, Brenda. We will have more later on
Very nice photos – the garden is looking beautiful already Derrick.
Many thanks, Terry
Lovely shots of your garden Derrick
Thanks very much, Arlene
Looking good – particularly the nesting birds. 🙂
Getting there. Thanks, Quercus
Your garden is waking right up. The collared dove is lovely with its ruffled head feathers, not quite a crest.
Thanks very much, Lisa. A young one I think
Oh, sigh, sigh, sigh! Such spring beauty. In Maine, she has yet to raise her pretty little head.
Many thanks, Laurie. Soon, soon.
We had 65 degrees here in New Jersey today, Laurie. I’ll send it your way.
A gorgeous post full of so many close up shots of those Spring flowers! I think Spring is here derrick. I love that butterfly just gorgeous. Thanks for bringing us some Spring!
Thanks very much, Lynn
Truly beautiful photos, Derrick. They bring spring joy to viewers.
But I’m actually wondering what you and the dove talked about.
Just keeping it on the fence so I could get a good shot. All I had to do was flatter it. Thanks very much, Merril
Derrick – I talk to the birds, too. I have a little thing i say whenever I put out the bird food & another little thing I say when I throw out the compost (they LOVE the compost pile). I’ve read that some birds can distinguish one person from another, so I make it easy for them with my voice.
Thanks a lot, Jodie. Good idea about the voice
I’m sorry to hear that 🙁
I am fascinated with the chronicles of you garden. I am afraid I am getting addicted.
I’m very pleased Uma. Thanks very much. I’ll try to keep the supplies coming 🙂
You are good at catching a variety of pretty birds. So wonderful to see them up close and imagine them flitting about there. They seem to love your garden–or do you just have special bird calling skills?!
Many thanks, Cynthia. I can’t even recognise most bird calls 🙂
Great shot of the wood pigeon! And the collared dove is also gorgeous, but he probably knows that. I love your brick path. Like Honey Lane, it’s a place I want to walk. 😉
Many thanks, Crystal
Thank you, SEO