Down among the daffodils

Down among the daffodils

The garden is dancing with daffodils. Every year I'm taken aback by the sheer number of different flower types. There are big trumpets and small trumpets, showy doubles, and delicate narcissi. Under the old apple tree grows this white petalled variety with pale, peachy trumpets. Elsewhere, the bright frilled edges of these lemon yellow flowers [...]

Scent in the garden: July

Scent in the garden: July

Summer afternoons, and the far end of the garden is filled with the scent of mock orange. It floods the warm air, drawing me near like an intoxicating enchantment. The shrub responsible, a Philadelphus “Belle etoile”, brightens up this otherwise dark corner with its cascades of papery white flowers. Beneath a canopy of cherry plums [...]

A ring of bees

A ring of bees

The ring of Spring flowers that emerges through the lawn where an old flower bed used to be attracts a multitude of tiny solitary bees. They flit about the daffodil heads, and bask on broad and spacious tulip leaves. They’re a tricky bunch to identify. The distinctive ashy mining bees I managed on my own, [...]