This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Spring has hopefully arrived

Spring seems to have arrived... 

The weather over the past two weeks went from very cold, to snow, to very chilly and windy, to sunny gorgeous days over the Easter weekend. The last few days have been sunny and beautiful (even if there's still snow lying on much of the higher ground). Today over lunch, I followed a bee around taking photos - it was quite an accommodating bee and didn't mind me being about an inch or two away from it with my camera watching its every move.

This bee enjoys flowers from the conservatory - windows open, bees in and happy.

Whereas last week snow was lying and showing little signs of melting. The snow arrived on 23 and 24 March and is still lying in some places. However, it does look beautiful and is much away now. Finally, jobs in the garden can be seen to!

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. Hi Kelli, thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm afraid I have become a very lazy Blogger! I have'nt seen any bees as yet, it continues cold here but dry and sunny we did not get the snow.To paraphrase an old saying 'one bee does not a summer make'. I smiled at the previous post, I could not imagine moss having to be encouraged at least not here.

    1. 'One bee does not a summer make' - that's a really great saying. I hadn't heard it before.

  2. It's been sunny here but also still cold.

  3. It makes such a difference having some sunshine at last. It's still very cold though.

  4. I can't imagine my garden being covered in snow...enjoy the warmer weather.

  5. I'm not convinced that Spring has arrived here. It is still bitterly cold, and windy all the time. I bet that bee of yours was very hungry - for him the late arrival of Spring must be the equivalent of us not getting dinner until 11:00 p.m.!

  6. We had a lovely sunny day today and the bees were out searching through the few crocus that are still flowering

  7. Hi Kelli, Isn't it funny how one or two sunny days can make the bees come out? I remember in Kentucky how one day it could be cold and snowy and the next day sunny and fair and bees would be out, although flying about sort of addled and slow. One landed on my foot once and stung me.....just out of nowhere! Happy tidying up the garden!!

  8. We had snow around the same time. It was beautiful but frustrating since I was so eager for warmth and sun. That bee was so hungry it probably didn't care about your camera! :o)

  9. Winter has finally loosened its grip on all of us. Our snow is all gone, and warmth has returned. Today, I wore my sandals for the same time. It's official, spring is here!