We knew the courtyard needed to be weeded again. This is one of those jobs that make you heart sink…
Because it is next to the moat we daren’t use weedkiller, so the only way is the organic way. Down on our hands and knees and we scrape.
However, when you go from this:
there is some reward.
There is also a certain fascination with the fluorescent lime of the moss
And then you look at this:
and find this sweet mother duck tucked in the corner
sitting on 12 freshly laid eggs
Your heart just melts. it doesn’t seem such a hard job after all!
Other pleasures of the day include the early blooming peony
Corylopsis pauciflora AGM (deciduous shrub)
and then be able to take home a beautiful bunch of spring flowers for the table.. – Featured image.
Cardamine pratensis. It is here in abundance this spring. Have you got it near you?
Also known as Lady’s smock and Cuckoo flower – look out for it with it’s head above the rest
This one here and that one there, yet I can’t guess one!
But this year I’m going to have a go..
-Div 2. large cupped
Narcissus – I’m not sure which?
Narcissus ‘Grand Soliel d’Or’
-Div 10, the wild species
Narcissus x odorus ‘Rugulosus’
Div 7 Jonquil, Small-cupped sweetly scented, 2 or more flowers on stem
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’
Div 3, Small-cupped
Div. 3 Small cupped
The Corylopsis pauciflora AGM (deciduous shrub) is my choice for a darkish corner of the garden for this time of year. In Spring it is covered in the daintiest primrose yellow flowers that just light up the garden and make your heart sing.
Leucojum aestivum, also flowering now, is a bulbous perennial rather like a giant snowdrop. It has gorgeous lush green glossy strap-like leaves, looks great in a pot or naturalised in an ‘edge of woodland’ setting