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Suddenly the garden is filled with surprise. Every day I venture out there is something new to delight my childlike heart. Snowdrops garlanded with raindrops. Winter Aconite – Eranthis hyemalis, shines like gold in the morning sun; and Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) in bud…

From the bedroom window, the first dainty blossoms shine like fallen stars, closer inspection reveals delicate, pale blossoms on the slender bough. First hawthorn leaves are bright green in the leafless hedgerow…

 Early crocus (C. tommasinianus) punctuate the lawn as I hurriedly planted in the Autumn, not eaten by the voles but flourishing under  the birch and beech. The first daffodils, their gold petals beginning to burst from their protective capsule. How glorious the Spring garden as winter flees, the warmth and sun returns and the garden takes on colour  once again…

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Every day in the garden is filled with wonder

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  Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party”

Robin Williams

Feeling like Mark Twain in observing the changeable weather; warmth, cold, sunshine, rain, mist, clear skies… The returning bees bring a sound track of energetic buzzing to the garden. Daily tasks include planting out the vegetables, potting on the seedlings while remembering to open the greenhouse before things get cooked!

A skein of wild geese stretched out against the blue sky heads north, some mallards have investigated the little burn. Chaffinches, goldfinches and greenfinches are busy gathering nesting materials. Blackbirds feasting on the slugs and snails while the shy thrush hunts beneath the hedges.

The plants arrayed in new clothes look splendid! Even Dog’s Mercury looks pretty. Surprised by new plants which randomly appear and their remarkable colouring… So better stop procrastinating and get the tools out…

“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring”

Aldo Leopold