It took me nearly six or seven weeks to get this advocado pit to sprout a root in water then several more to see the first shoot appear after planting the pit in soil It's very unlikely that this plant will ever produce any fruit due to Englands colder climate but the other day I thought a day out in the sun wouldn't do any harm. How wrong could I be, as you can see some low ass loved up creepy crawly has disfigured one of the leaves with two perfect heart shapes. Grrrr
Unfortunately the nuthatches that visited my feeding station last year are strangely absent, maybe they just found a better hostess. I hope so better that reason than thinking they did not make it through the long winter. However this nuthatch was enjoying his nuts in the Victorian garden in Pleasington. The small pond could do with a refill but there's still enough water for a reflection of the surrounding trees and Harry my black lab. Btw that's Phil in the background. Hiding behind the rushes are these colourful marsh marigolds.
At the back of the garden the Wildlife Trust people are doing a bit of excavation work, looks like they unearthed a bit of cherub pottery along with some other less interesting bits and pieces.
There are a fabulous amount of woodland flowers on show at the moment, some I can put names to, others are a complete mystery. At top is a common favorite, as kids we called the dandelion clock the sugar stealer, without doubt one of natures best wind dispersal systems. Cowslip I expected to see but this lonesome snakeshead was a surprise.
Can anyone put a name to the white flower with the yellow balls? The two main flowers in the picture look like they've been on the lash and are staggering back to the wood. Look how he's got his arm (stem) round the other for support;-)