With all this springtime blooming and sprouting comes another season of creepy crawlies. I’m generally not squeamish about all manner of fauna and am mostly fascinated by the discoveries I make in the garden, but there is just something about the way that tent caterpillars and fly maggots squirm and writhe that makes me shudder. I mean, I wouldn’t rule out maggot therapy if a vital limb was decaying and could be saved by a few dozen maggots, but until that time comes I prefer to keep them and their creepy tent caterpillar friends at a nice, safe distance.
It’s kind of ostentatious but still a welcome sight in mid-spring. Although the yellow type is kind of boring.
My favourite type of grape hyacinth is currently blooming.
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, Spring happens too quickly. In my effort to enjoy it all it becomes a mad dash to keep up with it and not miss a single flowering tree or blooming bulb plant. And this spring has been particularly bad because the early rush of warmth forced everything to accelerate.
I took this photo of magnolia blossoms yesterday afternoon on our way to have lunch and get groceries, and when we walked past it a few hours later these flowers were more fully opened. It happens that fast!