One thing is certain, the exceptional cold this winter hasn’t harmed our bee population. The garden today is alive with the buzz of bees and insects of all kinds. I pointed my Flip video at a thorn bush which has just come into flower and counted five bumble bees, plus honey bees, wasps, hover flies and numerous other flying insects which I can’t name. And- amazingly for the middle of April- two kinds of butterfly- a tortoise-shell and a tiny little thing with pale blue wings.
In the background countless small birds are chirping away. Today is the middle of April- in a couple of months it will be the longest day. This Slow Life is ebbing away before we know it.