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Going for growth

After our first batch of runner bean seeds failed to germinate (we did use last year’s seeds), I bought new seeds and they are just now starting to raise their heads above the compost.
Runner bean seedling
The way they lift their ‘heads’ suggests it is a great effort . . .
Runner bean seedling
The broad beans are also germinating as are marigolds.
The sunflower seedlings look a bit happier than they did several days ago . . .
Out in the garden itself, the comfrey is just about to burst into flower. The bees love these . . .
. . . and a small holly seedling, that really looked quite bare in the winter, is really putting on new growth . . .
It’s a marvellous watching everything emerge, stretch and grow in the garden.
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After our first batch of runner bean seeds failed to germinate (we did use last year’s seeds), I bought new seeds and they are just now starting to raise their heads above the compost.

The way they lift their ‘heads’ suggests it is a great effort . . .

The broad beans are also germinating as are marigolds.
The sunflower seedlings look a bit happier than they did several days ago . . .

Sunflower seedling

Out in the garden itself, the comfrey is just about to burst into flower. The bees love these . . .

Comfrey flowers

. . . and a small holly seedling, that really looked quite bare in the winter, is really putting on new growth . . .

Holly seedling

It’s a marvellous watching everything emerge, stretch and grow in the garden.

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Aphrodisiac qualities of blackcurrants

Our blackcurrant bushes certainly seem to have set the ladybirds going . . .

Ladybirds on blackcurrant leaves in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

They’re at it everywhere . . .

Ladybirds on blackcurrant leaves in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Fortunately, we don’t take a ‘not in my back yard’ approach . . .

Ladybirds on blackcurrant leaves in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . as we hope it’ll work up their appetite for eating aphids.

Meanwhile, a bee decided to ignore these goings-on by drinking . . .

Bee drinking from apple blossom in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . from the apple blossom . . .

Bee drinking from apple blossom in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . while a robin landed on the fence looking very pleased with itself . . .

Robin with insect in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

He’d got a takeaway in his beak . . .

Robin with insect in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

It looked like an insect, but I couldn’t tell exactly . . .

Robin with insect in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

It was certainly eat, drink and be merry in our garden this lunchtime.

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Ladybirds and bees busy on the blackcurrant bushes

This morning I spotted quite a few ladybirds on our two blackcurrant bushes.

Ladybird on blackcurrant bush

I hope they are feeding off any aphids and pests. I can see why they love the blackcurrant bushes as the flowers are wonderfully delicate.

Blackcurrant flowers

As well as the ladybirds, there were quite a few beed feeding off the flowers, although they would not keep still enough for me to get a photo so I just snapped the ladybirds.

Ladybird on blackcurrant bush

I did catch this bee feeding on the heather flowers.

Bee feeding on blackcurrant bush

And just had to snap the bluebells all coming into flower.

Bluebell flowers

There’s so much going on in the garden at this time of year.

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Apple blossom opens up this morning

In the garden, our two apple trees change daily . . .

Apple blossom in Ilfracombe, North Devon

This morning the apple blossom opened up . . .

Apple blossom in Ilfracombe, North Devon

I hope the number of flowers means we will get lots of fruit this year!

Apple blossom in Ilfracombe, North Devon
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In the blink of an eye . . .

It’s that time of the year when you have to look now or you’ll miss something.
The blossom on apple trees . . .

Apple blossom in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . and in the park . . .

Blossom in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

The new shoots on a rather sorry-looking holly cutting . . .

Shoots on holly cutting in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

I could say I haven’t got time to stop for this, but what I would really be saying is I haven’t got time to live.

It’s the best time of year.

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