The Orange Tip

Early Aconites


Along with some patches of snowdrops just coming into flower, the winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) are out up over the woodland glade. Although there aren’t a huge number of them, it’s a welcome site in an otherwise stark landscape up there. The buttercup family resemblance brings with it a sudden yearning for summer.

Sleepy Toad


While working in one of the borders this morning I came across a very sleepy young toad, overwintering under some plantain leaves. I moved him to a less disturbed area of the garden.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2012