This Daphne bholua has an exquisite scent and attracts scores of bees. Click on any picture to expand it. Later, on 9 March a red admiral butterfly was feeding on it
I have reduced the height of Surreyrambler's laurel hedge from 18 feet to 5 feet and the width by 6 feet. Dog rose, honey suckle, hawthorn, a bramble cultivar, hollies, yews and shrubs have been planted to eventually replace the existing laurel. This will be further removed once the native plants are established. Such light pruning with a chain saw is necessary from time to time!A solitary female frog was grasped by two males before laying this spawn earlier this week in Cuckfield. I hope that the icy covering last night has not killed the developing embryos.