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Today I washed a bumblebee!

Obviously I did not do it on purpose, but I was watering the plants and never spotted my little black and yellow visitor.

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This year my Magnolia 'Galaxy' tree is delivering some spectacular blooms.

It's currently only about 3 metres tall, so has quite a few years to go before it reaches full maturity at around 10 metres.

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Early spring is such a welcome sight. Mother nature is teasing us with some early signs of activity in the garden but we are often reminded that cool air is still prevalent.

The snowdrops are beginning to turn but the crocuses are stepping up and sharing a vibrant display of colours.

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It's early spring in the garden, which can only mean one thing; well two!

Snowdrops, crocuses (croci) and daffodils are arriving AND so is spring :-)

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It's clear that chilli plants (or mine at least) are very slow growing and in no rush to progress.  It seems like eons ago I threw some chilli seeds in a pot and expected a minor miracle in a matter of weeks.

Literally I put five unknown chilli seeds into a tiny pot of compost and diligently tended to their every need!

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There are two species of squirrel living wild in Britain today – the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) and the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). The introduced American grey squirrel is replacing the native red squirrel at an alarming rate with local and regional extinction in large areas of England and Wales. Scotland is estimated to have 75% of Britain's population of red.

I am lucky enough to have red squirrels in and around the garden.  Here's an image I snapped today showing the red in all its beauty.

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I was watering my brassica tonight and inspecting the future food table with a degree of adoration and pride. I never thought I would be growing my own veg and enjoying it!!

I've (almost) accepted that my broccoli has bolted, however I still have a few other veg working towards fruition​.

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The weather for the last several days has been amazingly hot, to the point that very little is being done in the garden beyond some basic weeding, etc.

The sunshine has certainly brought many of the plants on at an amazing speed; today I thought I would give you a tour of a few flowers around my garden.

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It's been raining all day so nothing done in the garden.  I am itching to get a few veg planted, including some sweet potatoes and aubergines that are ready for outdoors, I hope!

In the meantime I have been taking some pictures; here are a few close-up shots of raindrops to remind us that rain is indeed beautiful and life-giving.

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What is going on with my onions -- they are huge!  Not the bulbs, but the height of the leaves.  They are so long I actually want to tie them to a bamboo cane to offer some kind of support.