Well, I haven’t got any photographs from today because Fizz forgot to bring an SD card for the camera, so I will tell you about yesterday instead,
Yesterday started off clear and bright with white frost blanketing the fields behind the farm.
These two birds are not very exciting at the moment but they might be famous in a few months so this is just a sneak preview.
They live just outside of my back door and I am trying to get them eating out of my hand. For a few weeks now I have been putting a few worms down each time I open my door and sitting quietly to watch them. It hasn’t been going very well, they wait for me to go inside before they swoop down and take them but in the last couple of days they have been taking the food while I am still there.
Training my Robins might take a little time but this is the start.
European Robins have a close association with people, they follow gardeners about because they turn the earth and expose worms and other tasty treats. They used to follow Wild Boar for exactly the same reason. They are very intelligent birds and to them a gardener is just a more upright Wild Boar. That’s what I want to be.
It would be lovely to feel their weight, light on my hand.
Flowers now and this one isn’t flowering yet but it is one of the early ones to look forward to.
Caltha palustris, The Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigolds are one of our most ancient flowers, believed to have been growing here since before the last Ice age and to have survived that ice age and flourished in the melting waters. The last Ice age ran from about 110,000 years ago until 12,000 years ago, it was a long winter and this is an old flower.
It is found all over the UK and is native to much of the Northern Hemisphere including North America and Canada. It does well in cold climates.
In the UK it flowers in February and can last until April.
This next picture shows the typical habitat, showing young plants growing alongside and through a woodland stream. This picture was taken on the 27th of February 2014.
Marsh Marigold is a member of the Buttercup family and I have heard it said that it is easily confused with other buttercups and even Lesser Celandine. They are all related and yellow but the Marsh Marigold flower is twice the size of any of the others, about two inches across it has quite dense and luxuriant foliage and it grows in water. There is really nothing that you can confuse it with.
Species: Caltha palustris
I will leave you with Frosty celebrating the day that she saved a Sheep.