Purple Alpine Viola

Voila2I mowed the grass at the front of the house this morning and as well as some just behind the house; I also did some deadheading of Spring flowers. I was going to mow some more grass after I had watched the F1 Qualifying, but there were a few spots of rain when I went out to look for a blip, so I decided to leave the mowing for another day.

I found today’s picture, of a tiny Alpine purple Viola flower, growing in the Alpine garden. I did not remember that it was there and although it has been nibbled by something, I decided that it should be my picture for today.

Whilst in the garden I noticed that the frost had killed all of the Wisteria flowers, both blue and white. This was the first year that the blue one had ever shown signs of flowering. The Kiwi fruit tree has also had all of its leaves destroyed by frost; that is what happens in a frost hollow. Maybe they will recover and flower later in the year or maybe we have to wait for next year.

Cactus Bud

Cactus BudI spent most of the morning dealing with students, they are now writing their final piece of work, so not much more for me to do. Then just before lunch I mowed the last part of the back lawn; while I was doing it, it hailed for about a minute and then the sun came out again.

While eating lunch, the skies became dark and with it the rain, so any hopes of getting any more lawn cut are remote. The frogs however, have been busy overnight in the small pond as there is more frogspawn this morning.

Today’s picture is of a bud, beginning to form on one of my cacti; if it opens I will blip it again.

Orange Tip Butterfly

I am reliably informed, by iSpot, that today’s picture is an Orange Tip Butterfly, (Anthocharis cardamines) belonging to the Pieridae family; I have also included a second picture looking down on it. It does not look like the Orange Tip butterflies I have seen before, but this might be the difference between males and females. At the end of this text, there is some information taken from species.nbatlas.org

I saw this butterfly in my front garden after I returned home from our GP surgery with my husband. He had the staples removed from his knee and a new dressing put on, just until the holes where the staples have been heal. I also have a new gadget, a plastic thing, which helps me to put the TED stockings on. I had a practise on his good leg while I was at the surgery!

Orange Tip ButterfliesOnly male orange-tip butterflies actually have orange tips to their forewings; females have black or greyish wing tips (1). In both sexes, the undersides of the hindwings have a dappled pattern of yellowish-black scales, which provides good camouflage when the butterfly is at rest amongst vegetation (2). The caterpillar reaches 3 cm in length, and is pale bluish- or greyish-green with white sides. The whole body is peppered with fine black spots (3).

Stripy Crocus

Stripy Crocus

I was going to follow on from yesterday’s theme and blip a bird, but they were not playing ball and except for some pigeons disappeared from the garden. However, my husband has blipped a Partridge, one of two that were in the garden early this morning. Like the Barn Owl I included yesterday as an extra, I have never seen a Partridge in the garden in all the years I have lived here.

Today’s picture is of a stripy purple Crocus flowering in the front garden; it is complete with an ant.

It is cold and windy here and looks as though it might rain.

Daisy

Daisy

We went into Bishop’s Stortford this morning and had breakfast at Café Thyme, although I took a picture of my bacon and avocado sandwich I decided that today’s picture should be this Daisy, growing in the grass in the orchard.

Once home again I spent just over two hours in the garden planting some summer bulbs and four small shrubs as well as doing some tying up of plants and clearing some weeds.

It was overcast early when we went out this morning, but has been warm and sunny for most of the day.

A Daffodil for St David’s Day

daffodil

Today is St David’s Day so I decided to use a picture of one of the first Daffodils to flower in our garden; this one is under the Cherry tree. I thought it prettier than a Leek; the Daffodil represents Wales and the Leek St David’s Day. No I am not Welsh, I was born in The Fens.

A dry morning although cold and quite windy, with rain forecast for later. I did some more work on my family tree, adding some more pictures. I have recently found (via FaceBook) a cousin twice removed, or even three times removed in America and she is going to help me to fill in some gaps.