Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The obligatory daffodil post with added hoverfly stalking

Spring was heralded with the sounding of trumpets and a most wonderous fanfare could be heard throughout the land.  Of course I’m referring to the mighty Daffodil and in this case my Narcissus pseudonarcissus.  Saturday brought the vernal equinox, the point where days become equal as hours of light and dark balance out and this is when Spring is said to begin.  At least that’s the theory anyway.  Along with us reaching this annual milestone four daffodils opened and their timing could not have been better.  Okay, they’re a little late but as we are all aware the propensity for daffodils to bloom has been somewhat lackadaisical.  Given the winter conditions we've just come through you can’t blame them for that really.  It was a very welcome sight indeed but it appears that one of the blooms had opened and gone unnoticed, hidden behind a box ball probably a few days earlier as when I discovered it it's petals had already faded.

In the garden my snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) and witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’) have given way to the daffodils, anemones (Anemone blanda), various hellebores (Helleborus foetidus, H. x hybridus, H. niger) and lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis), much to the relief of the insects that call my garden home.  Many bees and hoverflies could be seen  buzzing about and one ever-clumsy shield bug was seen sunning itself on the leaf of a foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) prior to probably flying in to windows, walls and unsuspecting people.  I managed to get a couple of shots of the hoverfly enjoying the nectar of garden favourite of mine, Helleborus foetidus, and an Anemone blanda flower.  The pictures are posted below.
Hoverfly on Helleborus foetidus
Hoverfly feeding on Anemone blanda
Last year I posted about the arrival of daffodils in my garden on 24th March, are they any later this year?  I’m not all that convinced.


  1. One of the first things to bloom in my garden is always my peach tree. This year it bloomed a week later than last year. Go figure.

  2. I haven't seen any daffodils in bloom yet, in fact the ones in my garden are only just poking up out of the soil.

  3. I just posted a blue anemone...I am pretty sure that's what it is. I found it yesterday blooming on the other side of our wrought iron fence. They are pretty little flowers! Pretty daffodils.

  4. I don't have any Daffodils in flower yet, but mine are the later flowering variety...
    Most other plants have pretty much been on time, perhaps a week or two late in some cases but in others a month early!

    It's definitely a mixed bag this year.

  5. My Tete a Tete daffs have started flowering now, but the big trumpets are still a week away from flowering - several weeks later than last year.

    Lovely to see the hoverfly - I haven't seen any yet this year.

  6. Fab post Ryan.
    Wot a wild life haven!
    A-amazing photos. Might be after you for some advice re cameras. Have Nikon Coolpix, which is fine for surveying gardens etc. But bloggers are really including such wonderful photos on their blogs now, that ours seem a little dull.
    Not that it is a competition or anything!
    Best Wishes

  7. Would you ever consider posting a photo of your entire garden? You post beautiful macros of your plants but I've always wondered what goes where and how they "sit" together.

    I have a tiny garden and most garden bloggers seem to have acres compared to me so it would be nice to see another compact space and how you work with it.

  8. Thanks for the comments all.

    Amy: Yes, I think it is the same Anemone. Great little flowers.

    Robert: Thanks! I'm no expert on photography but more than welcome to chat about what I do know. Blog pictures are getting better all the time and I needed something better than my camera phone so I had a nice Camera for Christmas.

    Nic: I would consider it. At the moment it looks pretty much like anyone elses, mainly soil with little vegetation and a few bulbs. Come the best part of the season I will try and get a pic online for you.

    Don't forget to enter the competition all!


  9. OUr daffs are 2 weeks later this year as were the crocus's. Everything seems about two weeks late.

  10. Hello Ryan
    Just found you via Jo "the good life"
    Your photos are divine. Can't wait to see and read more.

  11. Hi Ryan,
    I planted Narcissus pseudonarcissus last year but here they are just starting to appear above the ground.
    Have you found any Narcissus 'Cedric Morris' ? Recently saw a picture of Fritillaria 'Cedric Morris' which was very lovely. Like you I'm originally from Swansea and interested in all things Cedric.


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