It’s been a bank holiday so obviously it’s been raining, but today the sun shone again! In the space of three warm, wet, showery days the fattened buds have burst. New growth, new buds, new colours, long grass! But not quite dry enough to cut.

Years ago (at a flower show) I bought an Iris sibirica  which has refused to flower regardless of where it was planted, but today it has two big fat buds! The flag Iris are breaking but sadly not the one given by a neighbour, there are still one or two small pieces growing so hopefully one will be hers.

The ” bonfire” circle has been planted up almost entirely from plants propagated last year. The soil is full of nails, so I guess they will never be short of iron! During today’s dry spell, finished the next new bed (I’m fast running out of prepared garden space). I borrowed a Turf cutter; so much easier than a spade. The ground always yields some new treasure, today: tuppence – a 1914 and a 1944 penny. Some pretty pieces of china, a very nice patterned bit of glass, one horseshoe, and various bits of pig iron. Just to prove this was a Smithy in a past life.

The Google Doodle is celebrating Rachel Carson’s birthday, so feeling bad, destroying a wasp’s nest lifting the turves I left loose over the weekend. The warm winter means I have many more pests in the garden but at last the birds are feeding them to the new broods. The Hedgehog leaves his calling card and the Thrush is a bit bolder too, I love my gardening allies!


 “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” 

Rachel Carson “A Sense of Wonder”