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Let’s hear it for the winter-flowering heroes…

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Now that the daffodils have fully erupted around here, everything has suddenly got a lot more colourful. But there were also those brave plants who insisted on flowering during the dank months of January and February – and now I’ve finally downloaded the pics, I thought I’d share them with you. The witchhazel, mahonia and primrose all grow in my garden.

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Slices of Spring Magic…

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Water vole @ HighdownWe went for a walk in one of our favourite places on the planet – Highdown Gardens, a wonderful garden created by Frederick Stern on the south-facing side of a large hill just outside Worthing. It sounds ideal until you realise said hill is looking straight out onto the sea and takes the brunt of everything an English maritime climate can hurl at it, especially those salt-laden winds…

Water vole @ Highdown2On this particular sunny day, we were treated to the sight of this water vole busily gnawing through leaves and scuttering along the bank. We watched her (we decided it must be female – the male was probably stuck indoors watching the cricket…) for nearly half an hour. During that time several people wandered by, but she seemed unconcerned. The name water rat seems all wrong – her fur was far thicker and her body shape quite different to a rat. What we did notice was the way she bobbed in the water as she flung herself back into the pond periodically and disappearing below the surface, before reappearing again.

Water vole @ HighdownIt was when we were toiling up the hill, I heard the buzzing coming from the hellebore shrub and caught sight of this gigantic bumble bee. It’s difficult to judge from the pics, which I have enlarged, but this beastie was HUGE. Easily the size of a 2p coin and with a vivid orange bottom, and teddy-bear furred – she was the antithesis of aerodynamic. Yet there she was, grazing the flowers. Bumblebee on hellebore8I only have a point and shoot camera and find photographing bees quite tricky. They are easily spooked and don’t stay still all that long so was delighted when she obliged by continuing to crawl around the flower. I like to think she was bunking off from her daily toil and having a bit of a sunbathe in the spring sunshine…

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Plants growing on Littlehampton Beach

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These days, they don’t spray the shingle on Littlehampton beach with weedkiller, so during the summer the top of the shingle bank now has a strip of plants growing. They look beautiful, stretching the length of the beach – silver greens, reds and yellows… and that’s just the foliage. So I took my camera down to the beach one evening this week, after a long hot day. And this is the result…

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