I was reminded of a childhood rhyme:
Itsy Bitsy SpiderThe itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spoutDown came the rain and washed the spider outOut came the sun and dried up all the rainNnow the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!
The amazing flower below is a Fritillaria:
"Fritillaria meleagris is a species of flowering plant in the family Liliaceae. Its common names include snake's head fritillary, snake's head (the original English name), chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower, leper lily (because its shape resembled the bell once carried by lepers), Lazarus bell, checkered lily or, in northern Europe, simply fritillary.
The name Fritillarea comes from the latin fritillus meaning dice-box, and (possibly) referring to the chequered pattern on the flowers, though this derivation has been disputed. The name meleagris means ‘spotted like a guinea fowl’." (Wikipedia)
So judging by the amount of rain we have had here lately, there should be a wonderful array of flowers coming our way in May.
Quite an assortment of birds in the garden this week too
A new watercolour ("Japonica"), inspired by a picture I showed on the blog a couple of weeks ago.