A few of the birds seen at Church View Garden this week

There are a lot of birds feeding in the trees at Church View Garden and the bird song is often really beautiful, it can often be a challenge seeing them among the branches of the trees. Perseverance is often rewarded though with some lovely sightings, this week as well as the regular Jackdaws feeding on the ground there were Blue tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed tit, along with the following we managed to get photos of Great tit, Siskin and Goldcrest feeding in the Silver Birch trees a Goldfinch singing in one of the Sycamore trees and a little Wren sitting on leaves in our leaf bin.

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April in Church View garden

It has been a cold dry Spring with many days of strong winds.

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Happy Easter

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March in the Memorial Garden

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Narcissi February Silver and Anemone Blanda on Sanders Road

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Sunny Weekend

Lots of people were out enjoying the sunny weather this weekend. Crocus Tommasinianus was forming a tapestry carpet in lavender shades under the shrubs in the shade bed at the Memorial Garden.

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Early Spring at Church View Garden

There are a lot of bulbs coming out now at Church View Garden since the weather has become milder along with a few Winter/Spring flowering shrubs.

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In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Even during the coldest months of the year there are a few plants that flower undeterred by an icy blast. Daphne bholua ‘ Jacqueline Postill’ is one of these and is flowering at the moment both at Church View Garden and in the Sensory Garden on the Stafford Orchard, it has an intoxicating strong fragrance that carries quite a way in mild spells, the flowers are violet/purple on the outside of the petals opening white on the inside. Daphne bholua originates from Nepal so it is very hardy and has a long flowering season from January to April. There are other varieties to look out for gracillis ‘Gurkha’ has a similar colouring but is deciduous, ‘Spring Herald’ has white flowers blushed on the outside and Darjeeling has pale pink flowers, all are strongly scented and good to plant near the house or a path so you can enjoy the fragrance. Other flowers also manage to brave sub zero temperatures the most useful of these are Hamamelis ( witch hazels ) they have spidery flowers resembling citrus peel and come in a colour range of yellow, orange and red, most are deliciously scented but not all.
At Church View Garden we have a lemon flowered one called Pallida with a delicate sweet fragrance. There are other examples on the Stafford Orchard, Aurora has a rich scent and yellow flowers shading orange/bronze at the base and Aphrodite has orange fragrant flowers.
Ribes laurifolium is also flowering at the moment and is a relative of the popular summer flowering currant it is evergreen and gets its name from it’s Laurel shaped leaves, the flowers are a pale lime green and hang in clusters, it is a dwarf shrub and also has a long flowering period of around three months.
Lastly at Church View Garden one of the first Crocus to flower is out at the moment Crocus tommasinianus ‘Roseus’, on sunny or warm days it opens it’s orchid pink coloured flowers wide open and looks vey exotic.

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Winter Wonderland

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Quorn Through the Year in 2020

The video below shows the public gardens and open spaces of Quorn through the seasons The hoar frost photos at the end of the video were taken on the 7th January 2021.

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