My morning honey, crinums, hives and carpenter bees

Bee hives in a wildflower meadow

I stir a little honey in my coffee each morning and firmly believe it’s much better for me than sugar (please don’t break the illusion!). It’s sweeter and tastier, so I use less.

I’ve recently sipped my way through a special jar of crinum honey, made by bees lucky enough to  forage in idyllic surroundings on the crop of crinum lilies that flourish almost at their hive legs at Jenks Farmer’s flower farm. Thanks Tom and Jenks! Continue reading

Weekly photo challenge: dawn daffodils

Daffodils at dawn

It was suggested that the most appropriate image for this week’s photo challenge: early bird would be a shot of the tousled hair I’m sorrowfully sporting most mornings when I awake, but I decided to spare you that.

Instead, here are some rain-soaked daffodils: a lovely cultivar I haven’t seen before with flowers in soft shades of cream and white. I was so excited to have the chance to enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to this historic bulb nursery when the plants were at the peak of flowering that I was hopping amongst the daffodils before the sun had fully risen. Continue reading

Easter greetings

Narcissus poeticus Pheasant's Eye

I’m celebrating the season by sharing these pictures. The first shows Narcissus poeticus Pheasant’s Eye – a lovely, historic daffodil which has a reddish rim round the cheerful yellow cup and a powerful fragrance.

If you look closely you’ll perhaps be able to make out a sun-faded plastic flamingo trying to get in on the act in the background – an Easter chick for grown ups?

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

Easter bunnies