The garden is burgeoning. All the views from the studio offer temptations to just go and wander and be amongst the plants that are pushing their fresh green growth higher and stronger day by day by day.
Each day I hear a cuckoo. It was singing (if that is what cuckoo’s do) for much of the morning. The air was warmed by a pale lemon sun and the scent of oil seed rape flowers combined well with crab apple, hawthorn blossom and bluebells hung heavy in the air. Drowsy bumble bees seemed to fly almost vertically and the sound of the cuckoo completed the bucolic scene. Heavy paynes grey clouds moved slowly across the sky from time to time making the oil seed rape change colour to a more acidic yellow. The cuckoo has now been singing for nearly two weeks
Paintings for the RHS Show at Malvern are completed now and preparation is in the final stages; framing, labeling and preparing prints and cards are well underway.
Write ups and CVs are the last remaining pieces and have now been done away from the distractions of the garden, hedgerows and wayside.
Six moorhen chicks have hatched and are bumbling around the garden as if they are clock work. Hopefully the parents will succeed in fighting off the magpies (they too have young at the moment) and the giant rooks.
The cow parsley is almost out and looks exquisite hovering across the conservation areas in the garden…..