Is it spring or not?,there are certainly some strange goings on,everything is budding and even starting to flower like my Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata',but according to my gardening journal my Magnolia stellata is also normally flowering now.
Unfortunately the light is not very good today but the flowers have a lovely pink tinge to them and smell divine.
The dog got trimmed at the weekend,he is hoping for warmer weather !! and the Dunnock was very busy all afternoon collecting his hair and disappearing off to the Leylandii hedge,the robin must be a bit behind him as he didn't want any of the soft fur,he was busy collecting bits of dead leaves to make his nest.The blackbird has made his/her nest already and they are busy sitting in the Pyracantha,she made me laugh the other morning,we have a small plant tray which we put water in for the birds to drink.(you can see it on the Sun Rays post it is tiny)but she somehow managed to have a really long wash in it.Yes all signs of Spring ,as were the Skylarks singing away over the field as I walked the dog,but what I didn't expect to hear the same time as the Skylarks were Redwing and Fieldfare along the hedgerow,when I looked there were a big group of them flying up from the opposite field,maybe they think it is too cold to go back home.
They cut the asparagus down in the field at the bottom of the garden last week,again as I walked the dog I could hear a Lapwing,we get the odd ones but to my delight I saw something I have not seen since I was a child,a whole flock flew up from out of the field calling and with there distinctive wings and flight it made my day.
So I don't know if I dare say the mouse problem seems to now be under control,but we have no sign for a few days, I am glad to say there is a lot of other activity going on in the greenhouse
Some have been potted on
Onions,garlic and shallots are planted,potatoes are chitting waiting to go into the ground next week-weather permitting.The weather and nature might be telling us one thing one day and then totally different the next.I think as gardeners we tend to be an optimistic lot ,so for me
YES Spring is here