Eight little swans hatched! So cute. I was on a walk in County Down over the weekend and I came across two adult swans and their eight cygnets (chicks). I watched the adults preening for ages as the young slept. Later I googled swans and discovered 'cygnet' is what their chicks are called. Swans mate for life (although wikipedia says they occasionally 'divorce' following a nesting failure). Well this family looked quite content. Both male and female were standing guard.
Back at home, in the garden... things are growing (slowly)...
|I'm growing pumpkins this year. The larger plants are 'Jack O Lantern' and the tiny plant is 'Mammoth'. Both varieties sown on 12 April 2012.|
|Another new plant - I'm growing squash this year for the first time. This one is 'Patty Pan' sown on 8 April 2012.|
|Carrots 'Early Nantes 2' sown in a container on 23 March 2012 and looking so very small!|
|Above: Parsley is turning into a giant - wondering if it's going to flower soon. Thanks to blogger advice (Sue) I have sown more but it hasn't germinated yet. Radishes sown under the parsley.|
|Above: Turnip 'Purple Top Milan' (the larger green plant) sown with mixed salad. I'm trying to remember to sow turnip every few weeks as I adore the flavour and want lots of it!|
Flowering in the Garden...
|Aquilegia / Columbine sown from seed about a year ago.|
|Above: Honesty is starting to produce seeds.|
Below: Centaurea is starting to flower.
|Above: Nemophila 'Pennie Black', (Annual) has self seeded, with Black Mondo grass in the back ground.|
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