Tulips in bloom in my garden.
Well, the only iris in my garden, anyway. One of a handful of plants bought a few years ago, and which have never flowered. Until now. Most disappeared without trace; this one survived though, in a dark, shaded corner, and graced us with its long-bladed leaves. It added green structure, but no flowers arrived.
I was hanging some washing on the line when I noticed it. The dark purple buds had been there for some time, but I was unprepared for the silent presence of the flower and it caught me by surprise. Those blowsy sail-like petals; that rich, deep colour. What is it? Burgundy? Plum? Garnet? It depends on the light and photographs don’t quite do it justice.
The flower at the top is now starting to fade away, but there are, fortunately, some more buds left. The mystery of the moment, though, is what (or more ominously who) has removed one of the buds, snapping or biting it off cleanly, just as if it had been snipped with scissors. What would Agatha Christie have made of it?
Coal tits are regular visitors to the garden. Here’s one with plenty to say for itself!
I ventured out yesterday into the Peak District. It rained. And rained. So much so that I couldn’t risk using my camera. I took a few sneaky shots with my phone though!
There was a lot of small-bird activity in the garden yesterday. Here are two of the pictures I managed to take (through the window, I’m afraid, so not as sharp as I would have liked).
Two pairs of mandarin ducks out for a late-afternoon paddle. The males seem to be guarding (hiding?) the females.
A closer look …
(They were careful to hide behind some branches!)
Here’s a picture of a beautiful jackdaw I saw a few months ago at a motorway service station. What is it thinking?
Or, rather, some blue flowers I saw at a garden centre!
… and other signs of spring.
Some of the flowers I saw when I visited my local park at the weekend. Spring is definitely on its way.