18 March, 2007

Spring flowers






My first day off for a fortnight and it's blowing a gale here this afternoon, with sleet and snow forecast for later. Ah, well. It was spring last week, while I was buried under a technical report. Robins warbling from every tree-top, and crocuses and daffodils and celandines in flower among the remains of the snowdrops by the church.


Hopefully spring will be back again by next weekend....

11 comments:

Alianore said...

Ooh, pretty!
It's the same here - we had spring for a few days, warm and sunny and fantastic, and now it's the depths of winter again. :(

Bernita said...

We had a fresh dump of snow.
Gloom.

Carla said...

Ah, well. At least at this time of year the days are getting longer, which is reassuring.

Gabriele C. said...

We got some winter now as well.

Doesn't stop the birches from blowing those blasted pollen around, though. :(

Constance said...

Last week we had a treeful of robins looking disgruntled at all the snow on the ground, this week they were drinking from the dog's water bowl and yanking worms from the lawn.

I don't think the flowers dare try and come up in my yard. They poked their heads out in February, and got them froze off 2 days later.

I'll take vicarious glee in your pretty flowers though. :)

Rick said...

Send the sleet and snow - or at least some rain - to California! Southern CA is having its driest year on record, and it's only a little better on the Central Coast.

Carla said...

Gabriele - the willows and hazels are in flower here too, and don't seem to mind the cold.

Constance - it always seems a terrible shame when that happens to the flowers. I suppose they must have adapted to the risk or they wouldn't flower early. Will they have a secpnd try, or is that it for the season?

Rick - I said to the big black cloud outside the window just now "Go away and rain on Rick! He wants you! California's that way!". It doesn't seem to have paid any attention though.
I vaguely remember hearing something about a big El Nino event this year; I wonder if that's affecting California's weather?

Constance said...

I think I'll get some of the 'smarter' tulips and such coming up soon. You know, the ones that aren't fooled by warm weather in AJanuary and pop up every year in April like toast from the toaster.

I hope.

Carla said...

What a sweet metaphor! I always forget to plant bulbs at the right time of year, so I mostly have to content myself with the ones along the verges in the village or outside the church.

Rick said...

The El Nino must have fizzled - usually those mean a heavy rain year. Actually - and mercifully - it did rain today, but I doubt that English people would even notice it.

Carla said...

Rick - maybe the cloud was paying attention to me after all? :-)