Posts tagged ‘Crocus’

February 26, 2014

I’ve got tadpoles!

26 February 2014

It’s still February and we’ve got tadpoles!

Just-hatched tadpoles

Just-hatched tadpoles

The spawn was from next door’s pond, as we’ve not had any for three years, and it’s in aquatic pots to keep the newts away, but we’re going to have to get the tadpoles out quickly or they’ll be eating each other. I’m fascinated to be able to see in the photo how little they look like tadpoles at this stage: they’re too flat, except for one or two where you can see the bulge of the head. The stuff they are resting on looks like stones here, but it’s actually the circular blobs of jelly from which they emerged, which are bigger than they were when the tadpoles were still inside them.

We had a day of sunshine today, so the spring flowers were out too, plus several bees.

Bee on purple crocus

Bee on crocus

I’m guessing this is a honey bee on the crocus. There were at least three buff-tailed bumble-bees around, too, but I didn’t get a shot of any of them.

Pulmonaria Blue Ensign

Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’

The plant above is a good early nectar plant to have in the garden for bees: lungwort (pulmonaria). This is one called ‘Blue Ensign’ and it’s a really good blue. The wild version is also very pretty: it’s got spotted leaves and the flowers fade from blue to pink (or is it the other way round?) and both colours are visible at once.

Having some plants for early nectar in your garden is very important for the early bees and butterflies which get tempted out by warm weather, so do make sure you’ve got some. As well as crocus and lungwort, you can try primroses, hellebores, and mahonia (all of which are in flower in my garden at the moment). Mahonia is a small bush, but the flowers are very highly scented and a real treat when there’s not much else. You can also – if you dare – try dandelion and lesser celandine, but they both spread uncontrollably, so don’t blame me if you end up with more than you want!

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March 9, 2013

Crocus and primrose

9 March 2013

Having fallen over in the garden a couple of days ago, I won’t be out there doing much until my ankle returns to its usual size – with all the grass and soil we’ve got, I had to fall on concrete – ouch! So, this post is going to share a few pics I took earlier in the week, when it was sunny.

Crocus 'Ladykiller'

Crocus ‘Ladykiller’

You can see that the upper side of this crocus, called Ladykiller,  is white, but the underneath has a strong flush of dark purple -gorgeous! You might be able to just make out a small insect on the top of the flower: I didn’t notice it until I downloaded the shot; as far as I can make out it is an ant, though I haven’t seen any elsewhere in the garden yet.

Below are purple crocuses and primroses. Butterflies will use primroses to nectar, but I’ve never seen one on a crocus flower – let me know if you have.

Purple crocuses

Purple crocuses

Primroses

Primroses

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