As Storm Dennis brought similar temperatures to southern England to Malvik, this was today's harvest from the garden....more like mid-April. These were used in a stew: Alliaria petiolata / hedge garlic / løkurt Hablitzia tamnoides / Caucasian spinach / stjernemelde Taraxacum officinale / dandelion / løvetann Allium cernuum / nodding onion / prærieløk Allium carinatum / keeled garlic / rosenløk Ficaria verna / lesser celandine / vårkål Brassica oleracea / perennial kales / flerårige kål (flere) Dystaenia takesimana / Korean celery / Koreansk selleri Rumex acetosa / sorrel / engsyre Rheum x rhabarbarum / rhubarb / rabarbra
The largest recorded jackdaw (kaie) flock this year in this area seen from the house this afternoon, some 750 birds (yes, I counted!) in two groups over Malvikodden and the bay.
When I was away in January, the mildest ever recorded in this part of the world, this bird cherry that I received as Padus asiatica leafed out for the third year running in January, here seen with my only misteltoe (top left):
My only Rhododendron, R. mucronulatum v. taguettii from Jeju Island in Korea is also early out and full of flower buds, so I brought a few twigs indoors:
Thick mist overnight was clearing at 9 this morning as the sun rose over the spruce forest.
Although not as many as before Xmas there are still flocks of waxwings (sidensvans) around, more than normal at this time of year. Usually, most have left by now! Yesterday, they were eating hawthorn (hagtorn) berries, their last choice.
Everything was much brighter today after a very wet Wednesday and wet heavy snow was weighing all the branches down and I even had to avoid hanging branches to get out of the front door. Wonderful to have some snow at last, but it sadly won’t last…
Below are pictures of hazel in flower (the branches bent so far that the catkins are pointing upwards) and my yew tree bent so far that it touches the ground.
In July, I forecast it was going to be a good year for the birds with exceptional flowering of birch, lime, rowan, maples and other trees (http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=22951)
At the moment there are large numbers of redpolls (gråsisik) in the garden and with no snow they are able to feed on the ground.
I think this hawfinch (kjernebiter) gradually realises it’s being watched :)
At last, a flock of 5 goldfinches were on my balcony feeding on burdock (borre) that I planted there two years ago in a large pot with the purpose of attracting them closer!