Sunday, 1 March 2009

Buds a Bursting

Looking round the garden yesterday showed more evidence of nature's awakening. I was catching up on the gossip with my neighbour when I noticed the tiny flowers, no more than 3mm across, on the Corkscrew Hazel. Although the bush has been there for a few years I had never noticed the flowers before but it had been fairly well buried behind other plants which I had removed last Autumn.

Corkscrew Hazel - catkins opening - tiny red flowers
(All photos can be seen larger by clicking on them)

Corkscrew Hazel Catkins Corkscrew Hazel Flowers

Also in evidence were some flower buds on the Salix Flamingo and leaf buds just opening on a dwarf standard rose.

Salix Flamingo Flower Buds Rose Leaf Buds

Finally on a close inspection in the fruit cage I could see flower buds opening on an early fruiting Blueberry bush and signs that the Blackcurrant bushes were coming to life. The Blueberry bushes are grown in large tubs of lime free compost as there is a lot of chalk in this area of Lincolnshire. I am hoping they repeat last years bumper crop.

Blueberry Flower Buds Blackcurrant buds

I just hope that they are not starting too early as temperatures are expected to fall again over the coming week with forecasts of frosty nights returning.


  1. What a heart-warming sight. And yes, I hope the anticipated weather's not too cold for all the new growth!

  2. Hi John,

    What an excellent blog. I have just found my way here via Tricia's Tales. Your photos are stunning, I have been looking back through older posts and thought the pic of the Rook hanging on your feeding station was amazing. The squirrel making his way out of your (apparently) well protected bird table was so cheeky. I envy that beautifully carved house sign which you spotted, its a good job it's part of a tree stump or I suspect some nasty person would have made off with it by now!!

    I'm glad I found you and will be back soon.

    Bobby looks a real sweetie.

  3. Hi Tricia - well at least today has been a glorious day. BTW I went up to Cleethorpes today to my favourite camera shop, lashed out on the 50D and now my wallet keeps floating up in the air it is so light!

    Welcome to ShySongbird. Thanks for visiting and also for your very kind comments. My first 'follower' too. Far too much excitement for me at my age. I hope I can keep up to your expectations. I've been past the place where that carved house sign should be a couple of times recently but I haven't noticed it so I am puzzled as to what has happened to it and pleased I photographed it when I did.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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