A pair of Robins have been working very hard over the last couple of weeks. When they think we aren't looking they are flying into the ivy near the front door with full beaks. I listened for them yesterday but there was silence. I planted a few seedlings and he didn't appear to grab the grubs. I was feeling abandoned but as I prepared to go for tea there he was singing in the holly tree. I am glad he is okay but I don't think I will be seeing his chicks. There was sad news from the Nottingham Peregrines this weekend too - two of their chicks have died. Nature is brutal.
Here's my garden at the end of the month:
After spending almost every day of March in the garden I have spent lots of April at the new allotment. Parts of the garden seemed overgrown yesterday. Round the pond in particular. There are masses of buds on the Aquilegia and the Honeysuckle. The Poeny is ready to burst and the Oriental Poppies are spreading nicely so we should have a good show soon. One surprise is a Golden Rod I bought for a pound at the side of the road in Norfolk last summer. I only had five 'sticks' last year but this year ,,, it's a good job I like Golden Rod!
The back of the garden is shaded by Oriental Cherry trees, Rowan and Lilacs.
The wind is blowing the pink blossom everywhere - amazed there is any left on the tree! It will look lovely next to the Lilac trees next week. They are underplanted with whitebells and bluebells and masses of Forget-me-nots.
Go over to Helen at The Patient Gardener for more End of the Month gardens.