My small cottage garden has become a lot more exciting in the last week or so. There is the unmistakable whiff of spring in the air, the sun visits a lot more often, the birds are getting busy and their song is becoming increasingly louder and more beautiful. With that in mind, I started spending more time in the garden patiently checking and waiting for it to fully awaken and become full of life and colour. So far I’ve seen some very hungry honey bees flying around my grape hyacinths, and in my pond one of the many resident water striders is already awake waiting for his companions to join. I have also spotted a juvenile newt, a huge dragonfly nymph at the bottom of the pond and yesterday I saw my first early bumblebee of the year. What an exciting time!