A few sunny days and the weeds have appeared already. So a few hours were spent on Monday weeding the border under the lounge window and admiring our spring bulbs close up

By far the most popular with the early busy bees is the purple-striped crocus with its bright orange anthers. Other recent discoveries have included the sun-loving anenomes, sharing the sink planters with the crocus, and some chinodoxia that has appeared in the vegetable patch. We’ve also spotted a few muscari on the banks of the copse.