Today’s guest picture comes from a visit my sister Mary paid to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park a day or two ago. It seems like a very good place to visit at this time of year.
We had yet another dry and windy day today but it was a bit warmer than it has been and by the afternoon, it was very pleasant in the garden.
I couldn’t take advantage of the morning sunshine as I was on duty in the Welcome to Langholm office in the Market Place, ready and willing to give out advice and information to any passing tourists. In the absence of floods of visitors (there were four), I was entertained by Dropscone, who dropped in, and kept busy by Archive Group work when he went so the time passed agreeably.
Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden when I got home. I had a look round and was very pleased to see an Aglais Io, better known as a peacock butterfly…
…the first of the year in the garden.
As I looked at the butterfly, a sparrow sang out from the rowan tree nearby.
The trillium was fully out….
…and was looking very handsome.
The early tulips are beginning to go over but there are still some looking very good….
…and there is no doubt that a little sunshine goes well with a tulip.
After lunch, we set about trimming the hedge along the road. We have bought a battery powered hedge trimmer and the new battery technology is very smart so the machine is quite light to use and the battery lasts well and charges quickly. It made doing the job quite enjoyable.
Unfortunately, there is an old fence in the middle of the hedge and it makes it impossible to trim it with knife edge creases but we like the informal air the wobbly edge gives the hedge….and there is nothing we can do about it anyway.
While I was recovering from the hedge trimming, I wandered about aimlessly, greeting some old friends as I went along.
The parrot tulips have come fully out…
…but I am a bit disappointed with the results which were a bit messy. Maybe the frosty mornings didn’t do them any favours. They may develop so I will keep an eye on them.
Mrs Tootlepedal’s dark tulips from Alnwick have survived the frosts and winds well and are looking very striking.
Mrs Tootlepedal cleared a lot of weed out of the pond and we put the hose on to fill it up a bit but the tadpoles seem quite unaffected by the disturbance.
I was soon feeling perky again after my rest so I got the scarifying machine out and scarified and then mowed the middle lawn. It didn’t have quite as much moss as I expected and the task was quite easy and soon completed.
The lawn looked very reasonable for this time of year…
…but it didn’t take long for the wrecking crew to arrive and mess it up again.
I went in for another rest and while I was inside, I looked out of the kitchen window at the birds…
…and out of an upstairs window at the gardener at work planting poppies and cornflowers.
The front lawn looked so inviting that when my flute pupil Luke rang to say that he couldn’t come for his lesson, I went out and scarified and mowed it as well. This turned out to be much harder work than the middle lawn and it took a big effort to clear all the moss off it.
As a result, I didn’t have long for my tea before it was time to go out to play trios with Mike and Isabel.
We played our way through all or part of six sonatas and felt that we had done very well by the time that we had finished.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch….
…and I don’t suppose that you thought that I could walk past the anemone on such a cheerful day without stopping for a glance. You were right, I couldn’t.
Hand painted by mother nature.