Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside


Signs of spring

In a sunny break this afternoon, I had a quick look around the garden, and found these broad beans already flowering! We planted them in a heap of compost from the compost bins, and they seem very happy there. I couldn’t smell the flowers yet, as they’ve only just begun to open, but the scent of broad beans is one of my favourites. It doesn’t sound too attractive, but it’s wonderful – very similar to apple blossom. I can smell fields of broad beans when we’re driving past them, and they are really good to cycle or walk past.

broad bean flowers

There are a few Anemone blanda flowers out – here’s a pink one. I was experimenting with cropping pictures differently – but think that maybe it just draws attention to the out-of-focus bits. It’s bright and cheerful anyway.

I heard a bumble bee buzzing around the various flowers that are out, and we heard a frog croaking in the pond at the weekend.

Last, but not least – a pretty weed. Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum), which has wonderfully hairy young leaves, and ‘bunny rabbit’ flowers.
red dead nettle


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Garden Bioblitz day

Bit late posting for day 1, as I’ve been engrossed in Garden Bioblitzing all day.  So maybe I’ll come back and edit this in the morning.  Which isn’t how it’s meant to work at all.  Still, I’ve been active out in the garden almost all day (other than being on the laptop trying to identify creepy crawlies).

So here are a few of the 95 species I’ve found so far:

Jackdaw and Woodpigeon Red-tailed Bumble-bee Lesser Stag-beetle or maybe a female Stag-beetle Wood Avens aka Herb Bennett The frog and newt pond