After a frosty but dry April, it was May that brought us sunshine and showers. I think it rained pretty much every day during the first half of May.
The rain was good for the garden though. The Ceanothus flowered and attracted some bees.The apple blossom fully blossomed.The wet weather didn’t dampen the ardour of these courting hedgehogs.The laburnum tree flowered spectacularly.Sticking with the yellow theme, the greater celandine sprang up.The geraniums are still enticing the bees.The cotoneaster flowers seem to be a bigger draw for a variety of bees … … and bumblebees, mainly tree bumblebees.Once again I took part in #NoMowMay to allow wildflowers, often derided as “lawn weeds” to grow providing an all you can eat buffet for bees and other pollinators. Who used to make daisy chains?Who used to see if their friend liked butter by reflecting a butter cup under their chin to see if it glowed yellow?Not sure what you do with germander speedwell other than sit back and enjoy the carpet of blue they create.The plantain is growing well unhindered by the mower’s blades. The leaves make a soothing balm, there is a recipe here if you want to try it. They were also used in a childrens’ game called “Soldiers” either as a form of conkers or by winding the stem around under the head and pulling it tightly to form a catapult.