Vagaries of the weather, but plants carry on regardless
In the last week, the weather has been really interesting. We have had double rainbows - this one is taken from the back garden...
..and this one was out of the back window of the car, on the way home up the A1.
Then there have been the biggest hailstones I have seen in a long time. While I was taking the photo, they came down quite hard and I could really feel them hitting me! I put the five pence piece in the shot as a size comparison.
The sunny days have been loved by the plants - above is blossom from Prunus Kojo-no-mai which is a real star at the moment.
I bought two pots of these bright and cheerful anemone blanda at a well-known DIY store. I like the way the flowers open fully in the sun and then close up again.
Here's a progress report on the tulips (Ballerina and Black Parrot) from last year which I dried and re-planted. They are much further on than the new ones I planted, but at the moment, they seem a bit spindly, although they may fill out a bit yet.
These little sweet violets are blooming along a communal path at the back of our line of terrace houses.
The pushkinia is doing well and I do like the pale blue veining on the petals. Even though the weather is unpredictable (this is England, after all!), the plants are heralding Spring.