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10th-Mar-2014 10:35 am

is almost sprung.

It was really warm and sunny yesterday.

The garden was full of butterflies - fritillaries of all sizes. A pair of long-tailed tits was looking for a suitable nesting site (still feeling a little guilty at the removal of the leylandii from the front garden), reminding me that if the trees are to be pruned, it should be in the next week or so.

The weather was so warm that a load of bed linen dried and aired in a couple of hours in the garden, coming in only as the sun dipped behind the neighbour's roof. It will soon be setting later in the day - clocks spring forward an hour on the 30th of this month. I've never understood what is actually 'saved' by doing this.

10th-Mar-2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
Wow! That looks nothing like what I see out the window! But it is encouraging. :)
10th-Mar-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Are you neck deep in snow? We're getting our weather patterns from across the pond but have had a mild, very wet, winter so far.
10th-Mar-2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Not neck deep ATM, but there are still large patches of snow sitting around in sheltered areas or where it's been piled high in parking lots. Temps very nice today and tomorrow, and there is sun(!) but by Wed. night it's supposed to be cold and there will be some kind of precipitation (no one is committing him/herself to saying what). But, I think we're at the point where we're going to be having more warm days that cold, and fewer below freezing nighttime temps. My aconites are finally blooming, and a few crocuses (croci?)are blooming in the back where it's south-facing and sheltered by the house. Daffodils are pretty much all visible by now, but no where near ready to make flowers. I haven't even planted pansies yet because up until a few days ago my pansy planters were encased in ice. :)
11th-Mar-2014 12:56 am (UTC)
The pansies in the pot are 'winter flowering'. They've been in bloom, on and off, throughout the winter.

I don't envy you all the snow and cold you've had this year. We've avoided the worst of the gales and the floods. I think our town has its own little micro-climate.
11th-Mar-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
You're very fortunate. I've seen some scary scenes from other areas in the UK. Those storms just picked up more moisture and got windier as they crossed the Atlantic.
11th-Mar-2014 09:04 am (UTC)
We are fortunate to live in the driest region in England and we're on chalk which drains well. We did have a few minor floods and the water meadows were under water for a few weeks, but nothing like the West Country or the Upper Thames area.
10th-Mar-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh, look at the green grass and the flowers!
10th-Mar-2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
We've had no snow this year (yet) so the grass has been green throughout winter. We had snowdrops and crocus earlier in the year, but no sunshine to show them off.

10th-Mar-2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
I love that blue and white planter!
10th-Mar-2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
So do I. I've searched for one like it and they aren't being made any more. I bought this one about 20 years ago in the local garden centre. Modern ones are crude by comparison. I have a smaller one indoors with deeper blue flowers on it. I really need to pot on the houseplant into a larger pot.
10th-Mar-2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
butterflies? wow, not here yet, but daffs a plenty x
11th-Mar-2014 12:20 am (UTC)
I was really surprised, especially as they were fritillary butterflies. Each one would land on the late terrace and I kept going indoors for my camera but each one would be gone by the time I came back.
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