I decided to post the picture of this lovely dog that was sent to me in an email. I don't know her name, or who she belongs to, but isn't she gorgeous? I needed to get some colour for this post somewhere..! Winter has appeared once more, with wet snow falling for most of today. Apart from a couple of sunny days last week, when I was able to tidy the front garden, it has been too wet and too cold to work outside.
The stone frogs are still hiding under the boxwood. Winter descended quickly last year and with PH going into hospital, I had a quick tidy round the garden and missed this pair. They seem okay for having spent the winter outside however.
The front border is now tidy. It was raked along with the lawn, and as you can see the tulips are coming through and growing quickly. The first time I've seen this, as tulips seem to come into their own (in my garden at least) at the end of April. Normally daffodils would be up and flowering well before the tulips reached this stage. No complaints from me, I'll take what I can get. The "doo-dads" placed here and there are to stop the paper girl from stepping on the soil and crushing the plants, it's worked so far, and no sign of the rabbits yet this year, so I'm hoping they have found greener pastures.
This is a picture of a European Robin (erithacus rubecula) for Krissie at Winter*Wood. The sweet little Christmas bird that always adorned the cards and calendars of my childhood. They are 14cm (5.5") long and like the North American Robin were classified as a thrush, but is now considered to be an Old World Flycatcher (muscicapidae)
These are not the robins we get Krissie. Ours are North American Robins (turdus migratorious)
they are 20-28 cm (10-11") long, or as an English visitor of mine once remarked, a 'man eating' robin! There is also an Australian robin that Krissie would know and it is related to the crow.
Albinism occurs when the bird makes no pigment, and while researching this I learned that it occurs in robins more than any other bird. I have yet to see one, but it is thought that 1 robin in 30,000 is albino. Who knew...?
What is happening in your garden this week..?