My A-Z posts this year are based on my garden – flowers, animals, the birds and the bees, butterflies - with a bit of poetry thrown in. For some letters I am expecting to cheat somewhat – wishing they were here.
B - Bluebell, Begonia, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Bumble Bee
One day, one day, I’ll climb that distant hill
And pick the bluebells there!
We inherited lots of bluebells when we moved into our house over twenty years ago so we do not have to climb those distant hills. The flowers have spread so much that we have had to thin them out when they begin to swamp the borders.
There are some plants that thrive in pots or tubs..
However they all welcome the humble:
The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee
A clover, any time, to him
It’s always a pleasure to hear them buzzing around as it is to listen to the birds.
O blackbird! sing me something well:
|Blackbird (tuning in!)|
Of course you just have to stop and watch:
Lithest, gaudiest harlequin!
Prettiest tumbler ever seen,
Light of heart and light of limb
What has now become of him.
But by far the most colourful bird that visits us occasionally is:
We may have to wait till May before we can say
See the bright bullfinch now,
High on the apple bough.
- Bluebells – George Barlow
- The Bee – Emily Dickinson
- Blackbird – Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Blue Tit – Wordsworth
- Bullfinch – Anthony Rye
- Blue Tit – Jan 2011 By Tony Hissett – CC BY-SA 2.0
- Bullfinch – Mark S Jobling – Public domain