It might not have the same ring to it but this is the order that I spotted the first of each of my eagerly-awaited arrivals this Spring. Beyond daffodils and lambs, these are the sightings that really make my heart sing and a sure sign that Spring really is here and the weather might finally start to buck up.
On 15th April we were treated to, not just the first, but multiple butterfly (Painted Lady) sightings, almost 3 weeks later than in 2017. This was closely followed on 20th April by the first bumblebees, only a week or so later than in 2017. I’ve been paying particular attention to the bees since reading Dave Goulson’s wonderful books A Buzz in the Meadow and A Sting in the Tail – I highly recommend them if you haven’t read them.
Last week, on 25th April was the final sighting in my ultimate Spring trinity – the swallows! Well, one swallow, to be more precise. They still haven’t returned en masse but in previous years it’s usually been during May so they’ll be ‘in the post’. Their aerial acrobatics are always entrancing and something to look forward to.
While out on the hills last week we were also treated to the delicious, heady, coconut scent of gorse flowers in the sun – one of my favourite aromas.
Spring may be late this year but it’s quickly finding it’s feet!
The lovely folks at Grow Wild UK are again giving away thousands of FREE wildflower seed kits to the people of the UK.
There’s no catch (this campaign is funded by BIG Lottery Fund) and it just takes a minute to register and you will be sent wildflower seeds native to your country that will attract bees, butterflies and insects and of course be beautiful too.
We decided to take a cheeky long weekend and get stuck into the gardening we missed out on after last weekend’s return of Winter weather.
We had a ton of soil to move from the front of the cottage to the back garden, a job in itself. This year we ordered it from onlinesoil.co.uk – we certainly paid for the 20kg sack convenience and for the high quality (screened to 10mm) this time (last year we bought 3 x ton bags of standard top soil and the lorry couldn’t get close enough to deliver it where it was needed) but I think it’s well worth it, it feels, amazing and is a really rich dark brown – think our veggies will love it!