Yesterday it was an unexpectedly but very welcome sunny day. And of course Dolly Daisy made the most of it by taking a snooze in the sun in the conservatory. If you want to know what the best place in the house is, look where the kittycat is having a nap. ;-)
The same applies to outdoor spaces. As soon as the sun appears on my front porch, so does Macavity, one of my rescue kittycats.
As it was such a gloriously sunny day I decided to take a good look round the garden to see what's going on there at the mo and this is what I found; a very pretty Heuchera already putting up new leaves.
Chuffed to bits I was with my Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena. I'd bought her last year for a fiver (dirt cheap) and this is the first time she is in flower.
This Hellebore is showing great promise. I also bought it last year so I'm very curious about its flowers.
My snowdrops are looking remarkably like a bunch of white crayons at this stage and my wonderful buttercups, aka winter aconites, are about to burst into flower.
Every year there is a race on between the snowdrops and aconites to see who will flower first. This year it's going to be the aconites, I think.
In amongst my snowdrops I found the first weeds so I did my first spot of weeding this year, the first of many.
Quite a few bulbs are poking their noses through the earth already; I noticed crocus, daffodils, irises and grape hyacinths having a look to see if it was time yet for them to get out of their winter slumber.
The forget-me-nots look remarkably ready, the only thing they have to do now is to make their pretty blue, white or pink flowers.
In the potager the onions are wearing frivolous new green hats and in my cold frames the first radishes are growing their socks off,
and it won't be long before I'll be eating my first lettuces of the year from my potager.
Although we'll still have to wait a fairish bit until Spring arrives, walking around my garden yesterday filled me with hope that it won't be long now before Spring will really be there.
designed by Jacqueline van der Kloet
copyright 2009: Y.E.W. Heuzen
We have descended into the garden and caught 300 slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike. Evelyn Underhill, 1875