Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Back to to the woods....

 Many years ago I was fortunate to take our children to visit the Redwood forests in California.     It is something I will never forget.    When we moved to the farmhouse I decided to plant one of these beautiful trees.   I chose a spot far away from the house, for these are the giants of the forest.    A deciduous conifer with yew like foliage, and wonderful autumnal colour.
She now stands at a mere 3 metres...........I will be long gone when she reaches full height but by planting her I leave something for future generations.
 Walk along the pathway to find the trout lily.....her leaves have been nibbled.    A pretty plant that refuses to self seed in this garden.    Oh well, you can't win them all.
 Alongside her is Lesser Celandine 'Brazen Hussy'.    A vigorous plant that I allow to have her own way (for now)
 Primrose Balarina Valentine is a good contrast to all the yellow.    
Ferns are a favourite of mine, and the woodland area is full of them.    The fronds of this fern always remind me of Medusa..........
I am enjoying this Spring.     It is taking its time, there has been no rush.    Each day something new arrives.
 Bleeding hearts edge the pathway.    They seem to grow as I look at them.
I notice the little bee fly as I walked back to the house.    Fascinating little creature.   Its proboscis is very long to allow it to take nectar from deep flowers.   It hovers in the air above plants.    I spent far too long watching the insect and quite forgot that I had muffins baking in the oven...........oh dear, they are a bit too brown for my liking :)

Happy days ................

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. That bee fly fascinates me, I've only ever seen them on blogs, never in real life. Perhaps I'm not looking hard enough.

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    1. I have a lot of bee flies in the garden. I also see them along country lanes when I walk Nella.
      They seem to increase each year in this part of the country.

      Hope the sun is shining your end of the country.

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  2. Ha...I know what you mean, I put water on for a cup of tea yesterday and walked out of the house to do one little thing while the pot came to a boil... You can imagine. I didn't burn up the pot but I had to start all over with new water. I love those primroses. I have one planted by a rock. I hope the rock holds the heat enough that it will survive the winter here. We will see. Bees have been going in and out of the little bee house I made. It is exciting. I hope some tubes are being filled and they will successfully hatch. I love ferns too. The one you pictured is so elegant looking to me. Enjoy the day...

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    1. Lisa, it is good not to be the only one that gets carried away in the moment :)
      The muffins are ok but a little dry because they did not come out on time. At least they are edible.

      I planted the primroses last Spring I just love the bright red blooms. I have around eight plants, I shall divide them after they have finished blooming.
      My bees are just beginning to leave the units. I love to watch them fall from the tubes covered in pollen.....so sweet.

      Have a good day to............

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  3. You and Lisa made me laugh--I've done this before, too:) The bee fly is such a lovely little creature; I'm not sure I've ever seen one before, or if I have, I didn't look closely enough. So many tiny little miracles going on around us; I'm trying to notice them more. How neat that you planted a redwood! I've never even been to the redwood forests in California.

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    1. I laugh at myself sometimes Rose, the crazy things I get up to !!

      Visiting the Redwoods was a dream of mine........I am grateful to the husband who makes my dreams come true :)

      Hope everything is well and you enjoyed your trip Rose.

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  4. Bee flies are having a good spring, as are flower bees!

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  5. Indeed Simon...............

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  6. Dear Cheryl
    I love seeing what is growing in your garden - your plants are so different to mine photographed beautifully. So brave of you to plant a Redwood - I have seen them in their natural habitat too - such magnificent trees. There seems to be lots of bees about at the moment - a good thing eh! Enjoy the lovely sunshine - I hear rain is forecast - good job as I am having to water at the moment.
    Elaine

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  7. Hi Elaine,

    Ha ! :) The dawn redwood is a slow grower, so of course, it will never be a problem in my lifetime.....
    They are amazing trees......and so pretty in the autumn.
    I do not have so many bees............they are around but not in great numbers at the moment. Of course that can change in the blink of an eye.

    I have been watering to....be glad of some rain but just for a day perhaps :)

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    1. p.s. forgot to mention the bee fly - I saw one the other day and wondered what it was - never heard of a bee fly before - thanks for the identification.

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  8. Never mind the muffins ........

    I loved this post, and it is so important to plant trees - they benefit the planet so much.

    Spring (and Autumn) my two most favourite seasons.

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  9. Never mind the muffins ........

    I loved this post, and it is so important to plant trees - they benefit the planet so much.

    Spring (and Autumn) my two most favourite seasons.

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  10. Hi Cheryl...Oh how time passes while in the presence of such beauty, so about those muffins ;). At least they didn't catch on fire !!!!!!
    The Primrose is just stunning. A bright spot fr sure. The Trout lily we have growing wild as I am sure you have there to. I have moved some by dividing the bulbs, and had good luck. Anyway everything looks lovely. Enjoy.

    Grace

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  11. Hi Cheryl,

    I wish trees didn't take so long to grow... I'd love to have an oak, but know the chances of ever having a mature oak is slim-to-none.

    Ever year I try to look for Bee flies and every year I never see any. Ever. Although I'm not sure I want them as they're parasitic, I believe??? Anyway, it would be awesome to see some.

    This year has been lovely so far... Even begun developing a small tan already.

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