While we remain in the grip of cold, grey weather, Nature is already gearing up for the season of Spring in the garden. New acacia leaves are emerging from their winter sheaths on hitherto dead-looking branches.
Peach blossoms are looking beautiful now – even the ancient plum tree is showing a few brave white flowers – and the crossberry is covered with blossoms.
The wild ginger bush and the pelargoniums are blooming.
So are the white daisy bushes and jasmine – the latter fills the garden with a sweet scent, particularly in the late afternoons and early morning.
Best of all, the cheerful weavers are back en masse. Some are already bearing strips of leaves or grass to practise their knotting skills prior to serious nest-weaving. The Cape Weavers are looking particularly beautiful wearing their deep breeding blush.