Step by Step

Spring
calmly progresses
step by step
while I rush about
busily.

Spring Joys

Bumble bees busy in the rockery,
insects buzzing around the trees,
birds flitting from feeders to shrubs;
my garden is full of Spring joys.

Show

Crocuses, snowdrops,
primroses and daffodils.
Delicate spring show.

Rejoicing

Unseen,
singing songs of spring,
hidden in the trees,
birds rejoicing.

Green Shoots

Walking around the garden
what do I see?
The trees may still be bare but:
green shoots of daffodils appear
and snowdrops show their first white tips.
Hope of Spring is near.

Awry

Seasons all awry;
if it wasn't for the leaves
that are beginning to turn
today could almost be Spring.

Bluetits

Investigating bluetits
still undecided.
Will they use my nest box here?

Is it too late now,
have they nested elsewhere
or is it still too early in the year?

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Bluetits apparently have to time their nesting just right, they only have one chance in the year and must have the young hatch when the spring is well enough advanced for the caterpillars and grubs that they eat to be plentiful. This recent cold spell can’t help. Perhaps the next few weeks will make it clear if they will nest in my nest box or not, meanwhile they still keep checking it out!

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Insects

Bumblebee taps on the window,
hoverfly hovers over the rockery,
ladybirds sit on the leaves of the box bush.
Insects awaken to Spring.

In My Garden

Garden daffodils

Garden daffodils

A sudden profusion
of golden daffodils
greet the spring sunshine
in my garden.

Inside

Winter
still bites,
cold outside today.
I’ll stay inside, keeping
warm.

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We did go out for a bike ride this morning, on the tandem, but it was cold. I haven’t felt warm since we got back – not until I put on an extra layer of clothing! The sun came through for a brief visit but with no warmth in it. We are forecast a cold week; Spring is in a slight retreat despite more blossom and daffodils in evidence.

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