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Daisies! (two) - Spring!

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Bags Wed 09-Jan-13 14:36:59

First daisy flower of the year! I know it's a long time till spring proper yet, but it's a sign. It's a SIGN, I tell you! sunshine

(Colder temperatures expected tomorrow)

Hey ho.

whenim64 Wed 09-Jan-13 14:46:11

I've got signs, too! Despite it being dark and drizzly in Manchester, my rhubarb is sprouting and shoots of daffodils and crocuses are peeping through sunshine

Ana Wed 09-Jan-13 14:46:14

I love that post, Bags! It made me

tanith Wed 09-Jan-13 14:46:25

I have a bunch of beautiful snowdrops in the front garden , I don't mind the cold coming , can't abide the dark, damp and dismal days we've had lately...

tanith Wed 09-Jan-13 14:48:28

Oh and two Robins have been in and out of my Ivy the last few days , I've had Robins nest in there before so I'm hopeful for this year.. I put some meal worms out in their small feeder to encourage them. Just love to watch a nest of baby Robins grow up and fledge successfully.
Bring on Spring I say..

Anne58 Wed 09-Jan-13 15:06:48

On a shopping trip 2 days before New Year, there were daffodils in flower in Bideford, but there are a few places on that stretch of verge that flower late December most years.

Butty Wed 09-Jan-13 16:29:01

My rhubarb is sprouting too, so it got shoved in the dark by my rhubarb cloche.

I'm very pleased nobody does that to me, although it would make me all deep pink, willowy and beautiful to eat. wink

MaggieP Wed 09-Jan-13 16:34:55

Two marigolds amongst the snowdrops and a primula in Norfolk but the temperature has just dropped considerably!

whenim64 Wed 09-Jan-13 16:39:27

Mine's got a cloche on it, too Butty. Can't beat a bit of Timperley Early! grin

kittylester Wed 09-Jan-13 16:58:56

Our crab apple is showing signs of sprouting and we have daffodils quite far through. smile

jeni Wed 09-Jan-13 17:48:40

Catkins, lots of themsmile

Movedalot Thu 10-Jan-13 10:30:28

Yes, it made us happy to see the bulbs coming through, I love the spring flowers, especially snowdrops.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 16:53:28

The grass is greening, snowdrops are opening, daff shoots are appearing, birds are pairing up.

Butty Tue 29-Jan-13 17:31:56

A beautiful false-spring dusk this evening. Streaks of pewter, purple, hot pink, mango, gold and finally the thinnest pen line of flame red. Beautiful.

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 17:45:35

Drenching downpour all day. Minibags says the road is flooded (school shoes soaked through since she had to wade through it hmm). Then the rain stopped as the sun was sinking below the clouds. Golden highlights among the deep greys. smile

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 17:45:52

The burn is roaring.

Butty Tue 29-Jan-13 17:51:07

Toasty. smile

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 18:52:51

Well, the fire in the stove is certainly toasty, but I meant the water burn! grin Seems it has burst through the culvert lower down the hill so the road is even more flooded than it usually is. The 'normal' flooding, which happens every time there is heavy rain (every fortnight, probably, on average wink) is just because of bad road drainage. Some of the houses down there must be at risk of flooding. There is a pair of very old cottages that were built right next to the stream. The stream is enclosed in the culvert now.... in theory.

Butty Tue 29-Jan-13 19:08:05

Ah-ha! grin grin

First I thought 'burn' - maybe the golden light on the hills looked all a-fired

Then I thought 'burn' - maybe a Scottish name for a wood burner - they do roar when going strong.

Yet water does roar, doesn't it, when going full pelt. Hope the cottages are not suffering.

Language, eh? wink

Bags Tue 29-Jan-13 19:11:53

I just wandered down to have a nosey. The burst is below the cottages, thankfully. Although there's no lighting up our hill, there are many puddles and enough moonlight reflected in them for me not to need a torch walking back up. I love that. Puddle guides smile

Butty Tue 29-Jan-13 19:22:34

Simple pleasures. Can't be beaten. #moonpuddles

Hunt Tue 29-Jan-13 23:35:34

My wych hazel is covered in squiggly yellow and red flowers, it's like a ray of sunshine.

LullyDully Thu 31-Jan-13 12:04:02

Saw the first daffodil out yesterday. Hampshire. When I lived in solihull we had to wait until March.

petallus Thu 31-Jan-13 14:20:23

I've started Spring cleaning and today bought several bunches of daffodils.

Butty Thu 31-Jan-13 17:29:04

Daffs. here a ridiculous price ( I still remember how inexpensive they were in England) - but scooped up two lovely, and lovely priced, bunches of tulips in Lidl's today. smile