Not Yet March

Before the rain returned for the day, a walk round the garden this grey, finger nipping, morning revealed

a good selection of camellias in a range of pinks;

plenty of flourishing lichen;

many still flowering snowdrops;

fallen leaves supported by Angel’s Wings;

dancing daffodils;

sheltered cyclamen;

mossy logs;

some hellebore heads held high;

even a bee clinging to clematis Cirrhosa Freckles.

Soon after 2 p.m. when we drove to Walkford for niece Jane’s 40th birthday party at Shelly and Ron’s, essential headlights bejewelled golden droplets in waves thrown up by other vehicles splashing through the increasing puddles, still more swollen by the incessant deluge on our return three hours later. We enjoyed a range of sandwiches, quiches, and other plentiful snacks; and a birthday cake made by Shelly. We enjoyed catching up with the various family members. A variety of beers and wines was on offer. No further sustenance was required later.


  1. The camellias look lovely Derrick! Everything seems to be a little early this year.
    We are just getting rid of our snow and the snowdrops are coming out.

  2. It is uplifting to see the signs of spring in your garden and to know that you both enjoyed a wonderful family occasion. Look after yourselves in this strange weather!

  3. There was a lot of color in your garden before the rain returned. We’re seeing daffodil leaves poking up from the ground now. It sounds like a lovely birthday celebration.

  4. Beautiful captures, Derick. Many flowers are beginning to bloom in our neck of the woods as well. I hope that the weather cooperates to let them thrive! (Last year on this day we had a major snowstorm but today, so far, it is clear and sunny!

  5. Oh poor you with all that rain! We weren’t sure until a couple of days ago if the storm would hit us too but fortunately it didn’t; we have too much flooding as it is! I love those cyclamen!

  6. So many spring blooms! I had a pot of daffodil bulbs in the garage that never got planted and now they are flowering.

    Watching the Country File weather forecast this evening I noticed there’s a lot more rain heading your way. It avoided us today, and it looks like it will miss us tomorrow too. Sorry about that. 🙂

  7. I love the daffodils, especially the header photo with so many interesting elements. Happy birthday to Jane – sound like a great party with that variety of food. Thanks for the mossy log. 🙂

  8. Gorgeous smile-bringing flowers/plants! Wonderful poetic words about your day!
    Happy 40th Birthday to Jane!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    PS…I enjoyed the photo of Autumn and The Owl. 🙂

  9. Such beautiful spring flowers, Derrick and Jackie. I particularly like the cyclamens.

    Wishing a happy belated birthday to your niece. Sounds like a wonderful time with family!

    1. They make a colourful carpet for a while, too. Thanks very much, Quercus. I’m pleased you could type that

  10. Lovely photos! I especially like the one of the daffodils reflected in the basin, which you used for the header. Well done! ~Ed.

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