So far I’ve seen 3 bees in our garden and they have been huge! I’ve learned the scientific name today: Bombus hortorum. What a great name. Sounds like a Harry Potter character and rather befits such a large, scruffy being I think. Don’t be fooled by the fact it bobs around and looks quite dozy though; he or she can have a tongue that is up to the length of its body and it’s working hard with the flowers and doing such a valuable job. They don’t make as much honey as some other bees but they are still precious. I hope they will like this year’s offerings from our garden lupins, foxgloves, borage and delphiniums.
‘The proof of the Winter Wreath is in the hanging’ to put a topical twist on a very old proverb.
There are still plenty of places available for the workshops taking place in 2014. Find out more about what you can make for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, or just brush up on your sewing skills.
Thank you for joining the Spring KAL. Thank you also to the knitters of the Winter KAL whom I asked to send me their favourite Spring words. They sent me lots and I’ve use them as my inspiration for the next 20 days of projects.
Wildlife loves leaf litter. As a gardener I like it too. It enriches the soil and gives me mulch. I gather the leaves and pile them at the back of my border. Then I wait and wonder who might enjoy them. That’s a tale for another day. For today let’s concentrate on the rich earth…
“Hot-cross buns!” BY MOTHER GOOSE Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons; One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! Or, better still, I say keep them and eat them yourself!!
My favourite flower is the Auricula. The Hellebore is next in line. I love the colours and the mystery that comes with this flower. Some call it the Lenten Rose or the Christmas Rose. Not a Rose actually but from the buttercup family. It has over the years been shrouded in mystery and witchcraft. Much…