Primroses, Celandines, Sweet Violets, Dog violets
Wood anemones, Fritillaries, Daffodils, Primrose / cowslip hybrid
Moschatel, dogs mercury, speedwell
… Spring looks wonderful
and winter clematis & bush honeysuckle still flowering
The coppicing is finished for the year. I wanted to do more but the bluebell leaves are so advanced I didn’t want to damage them
After the snow & ice the sun is bringing out the flowers. The snowdrops have been out for a long time, and the primroses are suddenly appearing . Daffodils will be here soon. The celandine leaves can be seen, there should be a good show.
We’ve just had the hedge cut, at the correct time of year, after most of the seeds and berries have been eaten by the birds. Not in Autumn when some hedges are flailed, removing most winter stores.
Just about to start the coppicing with our friend Terry, an expert in the craft.
We’ve had three buzzards wheeling and calling above us, but here’s one having a rest. For the first time ever we’ve had a house sparrow on the ground underneath the bird feeder.
Our Sequoia has been showing signs of distress with lower branches on one side dying back. After advice from an arboriculturist we have had the hard driveway replaced with some Cellweb root protection – we hope it works.
We have, which seems very late in the season, some large wasps building an unusual nest underneath a bird box on the house. Not sure which wasps, but could be Median or Tree wasps. Thanks to Buglife we now know they are European Hornets, which is good!
We put up a barn owl box last year, but it’s now become a beehive for wild bees. Question – do we remove it in case owls would like to use it, collect the honey or leave it be? The entrance has been filled with wax.
While moving some logs ready for the autumn & winter fires (already!) I found myself sharing space with wasps which have built a nest in a hole in the ground which may have been excavated by rabbits. I’m always impressed by the wood mâché .
Today I spent a couple of hours chopping logs for the wood-burner. It’s been far to hot to do it before, the weather change has prompted me into action. It’s mainly wood from a wind-blown ash tree. Still twice as much to do but there’s a couple of months worth here (1.5m by 1.5m) and there will be a lot spare.
An ash has a “great” outcrop of Dryad’s Saddle or Pheasant Back mushroom.
Not sure it’s a good sign for the Ash it’s growing on – however it will probably die soon anyway. See previous post.
Here’s an article on cooking it. http://foragerchef.com/dryad-saddle-ramen/
On the lawn yesterday there was a half eaten grass snake. A shame but it must have been too slow to get away.
The bottom picture shows the dire effects of Ash die-back (Chalara fraxinea), even on mature trees. We have a few ash which are hundreds of years old – I hope those survive. The copse has many ash trees – it will be devastating to lose most of them.
Spring flowers are coming out in profusions. Brimstones are flying. Our primrose / cowslip natural hybrid is out, wood anemones, fritillaries, primroses, lady’s smock …. It all looks good, but the ground is wetter than it’s even been.
Our two plum trees are diseased which is worrying – there seems to be no treatment available.
The fallen tree is now all chainsawed.