It was such a beautiful, warm, spring-like day yesterday that I couldn't resist going to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for an hour at lunchtime.
There was a lovely display of snowdrops in the Lower Wilderness and Spinney.
Winter aconites were starting to flower
Daffodils are in bud - there will be a lovely display in the North Orchard in a few weeks time.
Cyclamen and snowdrops by the Spinney and South Pond
I think this plant is very pretty and it really attracts bumble bees. I bought a plant from the Gardens last year and am hoping it has survived the cold winter weather - you might know I've forgotten exactly where I planted it in my own garden!
Hellebore (Lenten Rose) - most of the hellebores were still in bud but there will be a pretty show in a few weeks time.
North Pond - home to Great Crested Newts
The South Kitchen Garden has been dug over ready for this year's planting
Hazel Catkins (Lambs' Tails)
I saw several buff-tailed bumble bees (my first for this year) feeding on nectar from the snowdrops.
Birds seen included magpies, carrion crows, wood pigeons, long-tailed, great and blue tits. Two new species for the Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Bird list I have started to compile were a male chaffinch and a sparrowhawk being mobbed by a crow.
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