Today was fresh but sunny, so this afternoon when I returned from my trip to the hairdresser in the village, I walked with my rollator to the bottom of the garden to look at a few pots of crocus that were showing yellow buds. When the line of pink buddlejas are dormant, I can see the numerous pots of bulbs that I store on the raised beds from the track as I drive by. The lawn has patches of yellow crocus appearing on it, and I had mentioned to Reg yesterday that I was disappointed that I hadn't ordered any more corms to add to the display, but now I do have a few of the variety "Golden Yellow Mammoth", which he will hopefully plant for me tomorrow, though normally I would choose one of the early dwarf varieties for naturalising.
As I was walking towards the tray of pots, my attention was drawn by a large black pot that had several iris bulbs hidden inside it. I was so surprised, but delighted, to see that they hadn't been eaten by mice. I often tip out the contents of pots at the end of the season and collect up any odd bulbs for replanting. This pile of Iris "Katherine Hodgkin" got neglected, and have now given me a wonderful treat. I'm sorry that the photo is so huge, but aren't the colours wonderful!
My special reason for rejoicing was that just a few steps further on I spotted some activity on the landing board of my hive of honey bees. This means that this young swarm given to me last year by John has over-wintered. Bees venture out when the temperature reaches 10 degrees, which is why I grow several shrubs that flower in the winter. Bees do visit crocus flowers for pollen so I will look for them more closely tomorrow. I had a honey bee settle on my green coat when I was in the village, so I ought to have been prepared for this event!