And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
The weather was so lovely at the weekend you could sense the fresh clean smell of Spring in the air – I just had to down tools inside and go outside for a while. In the space of a couple of hours I had tidied up a few of the borders, gathered the last of the leaves and replaced some of the earth scratched up by the local cats. The cats can be quite a problem so to protect the emerging plants and prevent them from being uprooted I pushed a few more twiggy sticks around the shoots – at least the crocus in the lawn are safe.
It is very encouraging at this time of year to see little buds appearing on most of the plants and signs of life poking through the ground here and there – I just hope any future frosts or snow does not damage them.
I also had a visit to our local independent garden centre because I still had £60 left on my voucher (the one the partners gave me when I left work). The expiry date was 2nd February this year but I managed to persuade them to extend it for another month as they have very little stock of anything at the moment – the season for them has not yet started and they do not sell many garden tools or gardening products like the large national garden centres.
In the end we decided on a Braeburn apple tree on M27 rootstock for our Scottish garden as it is a good time for planting and we will be visiting our cottage (caravan) in a few days time and can take it with us in the car.
We have a bit of a mystery in that in Scotland we have a Bramley apple tree and it has always fruited well – abundantly well last Autumn – but they are not self-fertile and are actually classed as triploid (requiring two other apple trees) but there are no other apple trees or crab apples in our garden or the neighbourhood yet it keeps on producing fruit. The Braeburn is self fertile but might be a reluctant fruiter so far North – we are banking on the mild Gulf stream climate that we have at the cottage to help it along but it may not like the winds. We will give it a go.
With the remaining money I chose another of the glazed Heritage pots to match the one below that I bought last Autumn only a smaller sized one this time.I have always thought the one I got to put beside our front door looks a bit lonely so now it will have some company. With the last £6 on the voucher I bought three pots of lovely pink tulips to go in it.
Today the weather is much cooler again and quite windy – good for the washing though – I have been working my way down all the dust sheets from the decorating at my daughter’s house. I think we have more than we need now between us so the worst of them will be going out, they are not even fit for the rag bin.
I always like this time of year – I feel energised to start cleaning and clearing, blowing away the cobwebs that have gathered in the corners over the winter and at the moment I am a little more motivated after feeling rather lethargic and probably a little lazy since Christmas.
14 Replies to “sEAsons ~ the delights of Spring”
It’s looking lovely, Vivian and, for the sake of the lovely flowers , I hope we’ve seen an end to the hard frosts now. I’m thinking if I put a bit of colour in my planters over the next few weeks it will miraculously transform our garden, without the need for too much work. It’s looking a bit drab and messy out there, alhough that is often the way at this time of year – our garden gets little in the way of winter sunshine. X
That is a good idea with the planters – that is one reason I bought another pot with my voucher and at least the cats won’t be able to scratch up the bulbs. x
I can feel spring coming through! Love the burst of colours from the bulbs budding out!!!
What a special apple tree. Hope the next one is as lucky.
Hope so too!
Happy to see you have some lovely spring colour in your garden. Snow and freezing rain here yesterday, so must wait a bit before we see any glimpses of spring. Safe travels to Scotland.
Thank you – not sure what we are going to find up there – I have seen over the internet from the pictures the villagers put on the local website that the weather has been rough.
Lovely to see the spring flowers and your heritage pot is beautiful. I had the same problem with local cats digging up my lettuce seedlings last year and ended up netting the raised bed.
Our garden seems to have become the local public convenience for cats – though I can’t complain as we used to have one of our own.
Very cheery to see spring flowers even though they are across the ocean!
You can’t help but feel Spring is around the corner when the flowers start appearing.
Such beautiful bulbs and I am deeply envious of the heritage pot! Grrr . . .
( grin )
They would go lovely at the side of your Arbour – they do them in a lovely pale sea blue too as we have a couple at our cottage. You will have to drop the hint to anyone who buys you birthday and Christmas gifts!!
such gorgeous flowers. Spring flowers are so happy looking. I really love the new pot you’ve bought there. Very pretty. x
Thank you Sadie – even better when it is free!
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