The sun is properly out for the first time in ages. And it’s kind of warm if you’re on the move! What with all the recent snow, wind and rain, the sun is most welcome. I’ve spent very little time in the garden so far this year; I’m definitely a fair weather gardener. I’m also avoiding going out there as it needs a massive spring clean. There are leggy things and dead things that need chopping or pulling up, and I think I need to get a bonfire going to get rid of things too twiggy to compost. Whilst I work up the gusto to get out there properly let’s celebrate the stuff that’s growing all by itself.
The magnolia and clematis seem to be going strong. I’m pleased to see new growth on them. Their flowers will be so pretty. Two years ago I got a plumbago too. I really hope it takes off properly as it has the most beautiful blue flowers. I spy new buds, which is a good sign. I also like its wintery stars when it’s not in flower.
Most of the kerria japonica is brown twigs. A few stems are flowering orange pompoms but I’m scratching my head as to why the rest of it decided not to bother to show up to the party. Lots of flowers are on the quince (chaenomeles). Every time it fruits I plan on making jelly. So far I haven’t but that’s because jelly is gross. Behind the white anemone is the pulmonaria I put in last year. I’m quite pleased that it’s happy to make a return.
A lot of the pots look like this this year. Frost, innit?! I need to get rid of so many pots. The ones that aren’t broken need to be emptied, given new compost and have new plants gifted to them. I have spent too many years just scraping off the top layer of soil; generally doing a half arsed job at looking after them. I have distant memories; past claims that I’d give them a new lease of life but this time I mean it. I can now clearly see the effects of gradual degradation, it’s time to pull my finger out.Sweet peas! Last year I forgot to plant them and bought some baby plants from the garden centre (the shame). One feeble, scentless bloom appeared and made me realise how much I must have these as part of my summer garden. Me and the youngest boy planted these on a rare sunny day at end of Jan/beg of Feb. I left them in the little plastic grow house and only just checked on them for the first time this week. I’m amazed they’re alive, I’m amazed they came up at all!
Right, let’s get on with it. Jobs to do: have a bonfire, empty pots (hide contents in beds??), plant more broad beans (first lot rotted), weed, plant runner beans & peas (sow direct? …Maybe not, there’s cat poo in that bed).
Ps, check out the Garden tab over on the right and you can see what the garden looks like at other times of year. Or go HERE as that’s the same thing!
9 thoughts on “Spring Garden”
Hi from North Dakota! Just received your beautiful flower pictures. I would love to know where you are located. We are a long, long way from having a garden. It is snowing outside today. It is nice to see that someone is having spring. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Bev
Hi! I’m in the South West of the UK. It’s a little bit milder here than the rest of the country but we’ve still had a share of an unusual lot of snow over the last few weeks. It makes it more of a novelty when it happens and we all get overexcited!! Normally, flowers and veg bloom/ripen here first, followed by the rest of the UK 😀
My garden is dead just dead from all the bad weather its just so depressing looking at it. My daffs are trying to come out but nope weather is not helping. Its April like! thought I would have loads done by now
bit of rant there !!!
Maybe it’s just not woken up yet!! 😄
I love the picture of your kitty! Such a good close up! Here in central California it’s been acting like spring, but then goes back to raining and a bit cold. But since the 5 year drought we know not to complain about the rain! Lol 🌻🌷🌺🌸
Maybe it’s peculiar weather everywhere at the moment!? 😄
Hi Rosina .. Just popping in to say hello from Australia. I’ve been following your podcasts on YouTube for awhile now and always enjoy your friendly chats and lovely crochet. The photo of your cat at the beginning of this post is gorgeous – she’s so very very pretty. I’m going to add your blog to the ones I follow and will look forward to your posts. Cheers, Dorothy
Hi! I take way too many photos of my cat!!😂 Thanks ever so much for popping over from YouTube!