Meteorological Spring

Meteorological spring commenced 1st March (astronomical spring didn’t start until 20th March). Indeed at the beginning of March the garden had been showing signs of spring. The crocuses opened out to reveal prodigious amounts of pollen for any passing early bumblebee queens.Photo of crocus flower

After weeks of watching the snowdrops sullenly hanging their heads …Photo of snowdrops

… they did this, revealing their green stripey undergarments.

The quince was looking blousey and fabulous as usual.Photo of quince flowers

Even the cherry plum blossom was budding.Photo of cherry plum blossom buds

Then this happened: Dubbed the Beast from the East, a wintry blast of cold air from Siberia brought 27cm of snow to Hereford.Photo of ruler in snow

The snowdrops’ new found confidence was cruelly squished.Photo of snowdrops squashed by snow

The quince managed to keep looking sassy though.

The hedgehogs that had just woken from hibernation decided to go back to bed, which was just as well as they would have needed a mini digger to get into their feeding station.

The mouse managed to tunnel out.Photo of mouse hole in snow

The garden did have a bleak beauty to it though.

We worked around the clock to keep the water from freezing and to put out extra rations for the birds. Mostly blackbirds.

A couple of robins.

Blackcap.Black cap drinking

Chaffinch.

Long tailed tits.

Wren playing hide and seek as usual.wren in foliage

The snow brought a new visitor to the garden, a fieldfare, Turdus pilaris.Β  They belong to the thrush family and are usually found in social flocks in the countryside. They frequent hedgerows feeding on berries and insects. Most of the fieldfares seen in the UK migrate here from Scandinavia during the winter.fieldfare in the snow

Later around four fieldfares turned up, bullying the blackbirds for a share of the apples. As soon as the snow left, so did they.

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17 thoughts on “Meteorological Spring

  1. What a lovely array of early Spring flowers. Shame about the snowfall, but at least you’re able to keep the birds fed and watered. Its certainly been weird weather all over the world.

    • Indeed, drought in S. Africa, wildfires in Australia and America and three bouts of heavy snowfall in Hereford! It is amazing though how the daffodils can be flattened and buried by snow, but bounce back up when it melts.

  2. Lovely pictures! My newly planted snowdrops are squashed but the one snakeshead fritillary that made an appearance is still standing, despite being completely covered in snow three times! Nature really is amazing.

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  4. It’s a balancing act of nature. The snow covered all your flowers but drew plenty of visitors to your garden for you (and us) to enjoy. I hope the flowers bounce back afterward.

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