When we get back from a short break or holiday almost the first thing we do is dash out into the garden to see what has been happening whilst we have been away. At this time of year we find lots of changes.
The rhododendron is in flower and looking wonderful!
The perennial cornflowers are out too
as are the aquilegias
There's plenty of grass, buttercups and dandelions growing in amongst the plants and wildlife like butterflies, bees and ladybirds flitting around the garden.
Some of the baby birds have fledged and it has been amusing watching the young sparrows and starlings taking instruction on how to feed on the lawns from their parents. We haven't seen any young blackbirds or robins yet. I do fear for them though as there is a sparrowhawk around patrolling the gardens.
We have found what we think is a wren's nest up under the eves of the garden shed. We spotted a wren in the garden a few weeks ago but we also have a regular coal tit visitor to the garden so it could be its nest. Today we saw a very small bird fly out from under the shed roof but it was too quick to identify it. I hope it is a wren!
Edit Wednesday 23rd May - it is definitely a wren, we've seen it going in and out of the nest!