It is interesting to look back on my previous spring reports and compare between the different years.
This year beats all the previous ones in terms of early blooming.
We have had a very mild winter with next to no snow, and then the last part of April was exceptionally warm, …..
…….so the woods turned green record early, and everything was suddenly in bloom.
On May 1st. when these photos were taken, a little bit of winter had returned. Showers of snow are coming down from the north.
In between the showers, the sun comes out, and everything looks like summer again, ……
…. but it is quite cold when venturing outside. I love the colour of new leaves when the sun filters through.
The white wagtail (motacilla alba) has returned from Africa, and is busy patrolling our veranda bannister, hopping and flying up and down outside the windows to catch insects hiding between the wall boards.
In between he rests on the telephone line.
The cherries and plums are in bloom record early. During the warmer days earlier, a few bumble bees were busy visiting the flowers, but there are not a lot of other insects around yet.
All the narcissuses have been out for at least a week, and hopefully they will last a bit longer now the weather has turned cold again.
Hopefully that will also be the case with the rhododendrons and tulips as well, – some of the latter being nearly finished already.
The strawberry bench is in good shape already, and the blueberries have been blooming for two weeks. I cannot remember seeing blueberries in bloom in April before.
It is even earlier than the spring of 2011, which was the best one before now, since I started taking photos in 2009.
Spring has been really good this far, so I will not complain about a little cold and snow, even if it is May.
(As long as there is no real frost, that is.)
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