Sunday, April 18, 2021

18/04/2021 After a week of frosts and icy winds it looks like spring is returning.

  Maximum temperature here today 15⁰C, minimum 4⁰C.  Dry.   9km/h  North-Easterly winds with gusts up to 22 km/h.     Next week it looks like spring is really returning, hopefully for good this time.

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) taking a drink.

As above...

As above, thirsty little fellows despite the colder weather...

As above but I liked the shadow.

Bluebells.

Wallflower.

Bumblebee (Bombus magnus) in the quince tree...

As above.

Cranefly (Tipulidae).

Blossom on one of the Acer trees.

European Orchard Bee (Osmia cornuta) on the apple blossom. A solitary bee... 

As above.

Quince blossom.

Black Tulips.

Apple Blossom.

Lilac.

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria) and Persian Speedwell flower (Veronica persica).

Not sure what this bee is, I did not get to see its body, maybe one of the sweat bees!

House centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) 15 pairs of legs, think it is missing a few! Without the flash...

and with the flash.


Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.

My local list of wildflowers. (90 Species 23/08/2020).

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

11/04/2021 Now into April and still only garden photos.....

 Maximum temperature here today 13⁰C, minimum 5⁰C.  33mm of rain measured this morning.   14km/h cool North-Westerly winds with gusts up to 35 km/h.  We have 90% rain forecast again for tomorrow.   Next week the temperature drops and more frost is forecast!!!   

I just wonder if we will get any fruit this year with the continual change in weather from hot to freezing,  The vineyards have been lighting candle type lights between the grapes, but they say a lot of damage has already been done.  It will be a disaster if there is no wine later this year.

We are back in lockdown yet again for at least another 4 weeks... The curfew continues as it has been for several months now.

1 April cherry blossom - all gone now!

White bluebells.

Apple Blossom.

Chaenomeles Japonica - Japanese Quince.

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).

As above.

As above.

Quince blossom- note the little bee - and white and blue bluebells.

Choisya ternata or Mexican Orange.

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis).

I think this is a Katydid (Tettigoniidae).

As above.

Standing in our vegetable garden, the neighbours have their lawnmowers out!!

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis).

Apple blossom.

A slightly battered speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)...

As above...

As above...

As above...

I am open to correction here possibly a mining bee family Andrenidae or Heriades truncorum – the Large-headed resin bee??


Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.

My local list of wildflowers. (90 Species 23/08/2020).

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

03/04/2021 Trying to catch up.........

   Maximum temperature here today 14⁰C, minimum 4⁰C.  Dry.   27km/h very cold North-Easterly winds with gusts up to 59 km/h.  If the forecast is right it starts getting colder tomorrow and threats of heavy frost and possible snow!!!!! We have been having temperatures up to 26C this past couple of weeks!

Sorry, it is almost a month since my last post.  We have had fabulous weather and I have been working in the garden trying to get everything ready for summer crops.  I did not plan on the return of this coming week's cold weather, but I should have known better, we have had frosts before in May.  I have not taken a lot of photos but there has been at least one photo a day for the record.

Pansies which I hope will survive next week, they are pretty hardy!

As above.

Tulips so far have only been red, but there are orange and black which hopefully will still flower.

As above.

The sides of the roads are full of cowslips at present (Primula veris).

and primroses (Primula polyantha) seen in the dentists garden.  Yes, three long and expensive trips to the dentist for a new crown!  Photo from my phone.

Also seen in the dentists garden and again photo taken with the phone, Bee-fly (Bombylius major).

Buttercups in our lawn.

In the garden, Camellia japonica.

Cherry blossom which might not like a frost! We lost most of our cherries last year because of too much rain and they all split.

I think this is a bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) seen on the wild violets which are all over our lawn!

As above.

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis), they are going to have a shock this coming week with the return of the cold.

23/03/2021 the half-moon, taken from the garden....

27/03/2021 and a full moon over the neighbour's rooftop.

The biggest of the vegetable gardens, 80 potatoes planted. At the far end of the bed, the butternuts and pumpkins will be planted after all fear of frost has gone! In the foreground is chard.  Further down on the right is sorrel.  On the left, almost out of view, there are four rhubarb plants.

This the end of March photos I will try to be a bit quicker with the April, photos, the cold weather approaching may give me more time at the computer!


Take care everybody, keep well and stay safe.

My local list of wildflowers. (90 Species 23/08/2020).

See also my