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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 23rd February 2010, 1:46 pm

I know we're all getting a bit fed up of the snow and cold but yesterday (I'm in Derby not Manchester at the moment) I saw a big patch of yellow crocuses, which really cheered me up.
I've had a few snowdrops in the garden at home for a while, but seeing the crocuses just gave me a bit of a boost and showed that Spring really is on the way :flower:
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Post by Compostwoman on 23rd February 2010, 1:48 pm

I noticed that ours are starting to poke out of the remaining snow, and look like they might open in a day or so as well!

Spring, maybe soon?

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Post by Sparhawk on 23rd February 2010, 3:33 pm

When "the young squire" & I were working in the garden last week he was over the moon to point out that he'd just seen a frog or toad jump into the pond, he does know the difference I was just working him a bit late & it was a bit too dark to see properly... Laughing

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Post by Nick B on 3rd March 2010, 9:48 am

We To have a carpet of snow drops and crocuses at the bottom and sides of our garden and they look so lovely.
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Post by MrsC on 3rd March 2010, 10:49 am

We've got a few snowdrops out too (the neighbours have loads!) and also a few what may be crocuses that I planted back in November. White flowers on them but I do have vague recollections of planting some white ones. I should try to find the packaging from the bulbs and see what they were!

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Post by Dandelion on 3rd March 2010, 8:00 pm

Beautiful hellebores - quite sinister colours, but fantastic in the sunshine
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Post by polgara on 3rd March 2010, 9:10 pm

I have snow drops, crocus & a mini iris and a grape hyacinth
Buds on the pea plants, buds on the daffodils.
So spring could be on the way.
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Post by Green Rosie on 4th March 2010, 8:03 am

The snowdrops are really good this year but the mice have scoffed the crocuses Rolling Eyes . We've got frogspawn in the pond (pic on blog but I can't do a linky Embarassed ), I've picked my first wild garlic and the hens have laid me 12 eggs in 2 days Very Happy

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Post by Sparhawk on 4th March 2010, 8:02 pm

Green Rosie wrote: We've got frogspawn in the pond

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 5th March 2010, 7:54 am

Ohh no frogspawn for me yet!

Daffs are starting to poke through and more crocuses around. Also the male pigeons have started doing their dancing around the laydee pigeons
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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 13th March 2010, 5:32 pm

One week on and I have spawn :cheers:
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Post by polgara on 13th March 2010, 5:40 pm

I keep looking but suspect OHs fish will eat it.

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Post by Dandelion on 13th March 2010, 8:30 pm

No signs of spawn yet - I was wondering if the chickens had eaten the frogs, but just had to go into the garden in the dark as I had completely forgotten to shut the aforementioned chickens up. The pond was a splashing mass of activity, and you could hear low croaking, so any day now I would think.....
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Post by Guest on 13th March 2010, 9:50 pm

I was out by the workshop yesterday and was greeted by the first Black Red Start of the year. He bobbed and said "hello", I nodded and said "nice to see you back again."

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th March 2010, 10:35 pm

First bumblebee sighted today, and the blue tits are nesting

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Post by polgara on 13th March 2010, 10:54 pm

My blue tits are begining to nest as well.

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Post by Guest on 14th March 2010, 1:43 pm

Its getting rather noisey here - so much for the peace of the country side. We have blackbird wars and chaffinch shouting matches and robin song contests (can't think straight!)

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Post by Compostwoman on 14th March 2010, 3:32 pm

I've got woodpeckers drumming and yaffling like mad and noisy Jays squabbling with the even more noisy squirrels......

Peace and quiet....not!

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Post by seileasdar on 14th March 2010, 6:13 pm

We have the first croci on the grounds of where I work.
Spring has sprung north of the border. Cool
Not to mention all the massive clusters of snow drops in the woods.
Today is really warm and sunny, so I am expecting a lot more flowers to have come out to greet the sun.
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Post by polgara on 15th March 2010, 11:54 am

I have found a tete a tete narcissi today with its little trumpet open to the sun.

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Post by Guest on 15th March 2010, 12:15 pm

This is our first warm day and the spring seems to have had a lot of tension built up. Daffodil flowers, brimstone flying along with various other insects.

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Post by Sparhawk on 16th March 2010, 12:04 am

seileasdar wrote:We have the first croci on the grounds of where I work.

:affraid: Sorry seils I read that & got you mixed up with GB, then breathed a sigh of relief... Laughing

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Post by Guest on 16th March 2010, 5:51 pm

Its arrive well and truelly...we had lunch outside on the table, not wearing coats and in the middle of the courtyard (not against the south facing, white wall)

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Post by Guest on 19th March 2010, 6:40 pm

IT'S SPRING, OFFICIAL NOW!!!!

I heard a cuckcoo this morning!!!

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Post by Mike on 19th March 2010, 7:03 pm

To the immediate south of the house and so receiving extra sun reflected from the walls and where I have spread some wood ashes that darkened the snow (besides adding potash to our main "spring bulbs" area) we have bare ground and dafodils poking their noses up. Maybe 50 sq meters of bare ground (and >30 hectares still snow covered). OK, OK, the main part of the driveway is also clear of snow -- we call that "mud season", but not near as bad as many years. Had good luck with just the right amount of hard pack on the drive to keep if frozen until now when it's more consistently warm enough. Freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw-etc-etc can result in very deep mud!

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