When the weather is ........
Mm, that wasn't a very good choice of song, was it ?
This is the first of my David Austin Roses to bloom this year. I bought it over fifteen years ago, along with Graham Thomas and William Shakespeare. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of this particular variety. It's really had a bit of a rough time. Shortly after it was planted, the nearby Ceanothus grew above it, and it has spent most of its life in the shade. The Ceanothus was removed last year, and the rose started to thrive. Strange that. So this year it has been treated to food for the first time ever, and a mulch. Seems to like it.
The photo was taken a few days ago before the wind and rain, or should I say gales and deluge. This particular bloom is now spread around the lawn, but there are plenty of buds to follow. Weather permitting, of course.
Thought you might like to see this. In the centre of the photo is a young blue tit. Now I'm not saying it's Orville. In fact, after watching Springwatch on TV, I realise that it's highly unlikely that he survived. But I do know that it is one of his siblings. And how do I know that, you may ask. Well, one of Orville's parents had very distinct markings, and today I saw it feeding this little one. And there were a few others twittering in the tree. Yes, they are already on Twitter. They'll have their own Facebook page soon, no doubt.
I also had a visit from a squirrel today. I'm thinking of calling him Harry, as in Houdini. He managed to open not one, but two squirrel-proof feeders twice today. Mind you, the blue tits didn't complain. When he'd gone, they sat on top of the seed, and had a banquet. No wonder the youngsters now look bigger than their parents.
And finally, a big thank you to Mary at Muse, who has nominated me for The Sunshine Blog Award. I am truly honoured. Apparently, I have to answer some questions, so thinking cap on, and I'll answer them in my next post.