Six on Saturday. 18.02.2023

What a difference 2 or 3 days and 2 degrees makes, I now have crocus popping up everywhere and opening for the bees, other little bulbs are popping up in the woodland and on the alpine scree, none of these were in evidence when my visitors came on Tuesday, but then, that is the risk you take when you show people round at this time of year. If you would like to take a tour round with my visitors, then please visit my previous post. I will start my six with a couple of problems though which I found the other day.

No 1

There has been a rather brutal muder in my garden, I found this pile of feathers in the bog garden border and think it was probably a wood pigeon and maybe a visit from the sparrow hawk which I haven’t seen for a long time or maybe a fox.

No 2.

Something has been having a go at my newly painted fence, it was looking so nice after Joseph painted it for me last summer. I wonder who or what it was?

Not content with messing up one panel, it has had a go in various places! Could it be my Gt. Spotted Woodpecker, I have heard it drumming for a while now, I thought it was drumming on the trees?

No 3.

I have been looking in the woodland for clumps of wild snowdrops that are ready for splitting, this clump it certainly ready, once the flowers are over,  I can feel back ache coming on already!

No 4.

Lots more crocus have appeared in the back lawn, more of a half moon now rather than a crescent shape.

No 5

My first Narcissus pseudonarcissus in the woodland, soon there will be hundreds which will take over from the snowdrops.

no 6.

Leucojum aestivum, also in the woodland, is now in flowering mode at last, rather later than usual, I think it looks rather nice with the Cardamine in the background.

Those are my six for this week, there was almost too much choice this time as so much is happening in the garden at the moment. Thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting, do pay him a visit to see what else is going on in the gardening world

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12 Responses to Six on Saturday. 18.02.2023

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    My thought was a bird attacking your fence – or bears! But you probably don’t have any bears!

    • Pauline says:

      Aha! I hadn’t thought of bears, we have nearly everything else though! I suppose I’ll have to try and rectify it all and just wait and see if it happens again.

  2. Graeme says:

    A lovely six although the fence post vandalism is rather shocking! Do woodpeckers get a bit of practice in before having a go at proper tree drilling for a nest?

    • Pauline says:

      I never thought of young woodpeckers practicing Graeme! We do have a few families so I suppose it could be last years youngsters having a go, I’d rather they had used a dead tree though!

  3. Denise says:

    I do wonder if the fence damage could be your friendly deer? Lovely combination, the leucojum and the cardamine and the crocus are making a good display, albeit a few days ‘late’.

    • Pauline says:

      I don’t think it could be the Roe Deer Denise, I can’t think that it would make the holes. Lots more flowers coming to join, in especially the crocus, I’d forgotten I’d planted so many!

  4. Cathy Bailey says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to find that suddenly there is so much going on in the garden? I enjoyed reading your previous post about opening your garden too.

    • Pauline says:

      There’s something new popping up every day at the moment Cathy, it’s wonderful! I’m glad you enjoyed wandering round half of my garden with my visitors last week, it’s hard to believe how much has changed since then.

  5. Gosh. It would make me think differently about woodpeckers if this was how they responded to my hospitality – and I certainly more than happy to see piles of wood pigeon feathers like this!!

    • Pauline says:

      I don’t know that it was a woodpecker Cathy, but what else would make holes 6 ft off the ground? My garden is my own private nature reserve so I put up with bits of damage caused by the wildlife that shares the garden with me, it is the price you pay for the pleasure of their company.

  6. snowbird says:

    Loving your beautiful spring bulbs! Yikes re the murder though. We often find similar scenes here. Goodness, your poor fence! Who knew woodpeckers could do that!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      More bulbs are opening each day Dina, I’m finding something new each time I go for a wander. I might be wrong about the woodpecker, I just can’t think of anything else that would make holes like that 6 ft up a fence post.x

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