Previously I lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and my quest there was to hybridize auriculas to produce ever better plants suitable for the harsh Swedish climate. Whilst living there I also created and run Sweden’s Auricula Club. I've now returned to England to continue growing auriculas together with my daughter-in-law, Iris. Iris is also an enthusiastic & skilful Iris grower; many of her wonderful Irises can be seen on this blog.
18 Mar 2012
Spring is here; the Cranes have arrived
Common Crane (Trana)
Awoke this morning to the sounds of the Cranes (Trana), when they appear we know spring is here. They have been coming here now for several years, living in the field next to our house, sometimes they are joined by Whooper Swans (Sångsvan) & Canadian Geese.. For an Englishman it’s fantastic to have such beautiful birds & Roe Deer so close to one’s home.
Dancing Cranes (Trana)
A family of Roe Deer
The Roe Deer have never been a real problem in our garden, they do snip some bushes but no serious damage is done. They have never eaten our tulips which I've been told is one of their favorite foods. Hares on the other hand have killed several small trees by eating the bark. We also have a badger (grävling) that lives in an old cold cellar at the back of the house, this digs up the odd border now and then but nothing to worry about, I soon replant it, you expect these things when you live in the country.