So, it’s the middle of February, and the middle of winter, the spring equinox still some six weeks away. Yet here in the West of England spring has well and truly arrived today. Gone are the chilling winds, the grey leaden sky, the snow, the sleet and the rain. Today the sun is shining, the central heating off as the temperature rises, and out in the garden flowers are everywhere.
The first to greet any visitor to the house is the front lawn along the driveway – a technicolour mass of white snowdrops that are self-seeding and thus multiplying each year, and crocus popping up everywhere in many shades and hues of blue, violet and yellow, and with the sun out today, the flowers are fully open. Wonderful! I even noticed the first yellow flower, just one mind, on the forsythia hedge. There’s a yellow haze on the hedge which means it will not be long before it, too, bursts into full golden glory.
Out in the rear garden, cyclamen are in flower along with most of the red hued hellebores; the white clumps are still in bud but should be fully open by next weekend. I love hellebores, the flowers last for weeks. I sometimes pick a few flowerheads and float them in a pretty glass dish of water indoors so we can admire the flowers. In the garden, most varieties always have their heads down. I might try a plant in a hanging basket next winter and see how it fairs.
Already some of the daffodils are open too, the majority of which are the small, dwarf types. The stock of these has been building up over several years as I am wont to buy small pots of them in the supermarket each week instead of buying bunches of, as I used to. My sister gave me the idea of buying the potted ones for indoors and then after they have finished flowering, to plant them in the garden for next year. Now why didn’t I think of doing that sooner?
If the weather forecasters are right, next week here is going to be even more mild and bright so I shall have to get my skates on (no, forget skates, snow’s gone…) garden shoes on and bring the rest of the garden to life. There’s much tidying, pruning, dead stem pulling, general clearing and maintenance to do. Already there are fresh leaf buds on the clematis and honeysuckle, things are moving fast. I shall be popping outside everyday looking to see what else is coming up.
It’s such a delight hearing the birds singing in the early morning. The dawn chorus always gets me off to a good start knowing the dark days are behind us. And to think, before much longer I shall be able to enjoy coffee and breakfast in the garden again. Yippee!
Love.love.love this post! That lawn is so cheery with all the crocus. Xxx
Thank you. It always cheers me up seeing the garden and lawns come back to life. 🙂
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Just the pop of colour makes me feel spring-like! Thanks for a great start to my day, Kit, but then your garden photos are always glorious!
Thank you, Linn. Pleased you enjoyed the photos. I’d be lost without the garden. 🙂
Your descriptions of your garden are so vivid, I feel like I’m there. How wonderful to see the beginnings of Spring shooting forth. On my walk this morning, I realized there was much more birdsong. So yes, Spring is on it’s way to visit. 🙂 And I LOVE your forsythia hedge. I’d love to see a picture of it in bloom. No one around here has a full hedge of it, but I love the pops of yellow I see all over the place, so we planted our own little one last year. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the garden today, Laurie. I shall definitely take a photo of the forsythia hedge in bloom for you. 🙂 If I had my way I would take the hedge out as although beautiful in spring and lovely and green in summer, it’s very bare and open in winter. And yes, great that spring nearly here. Do drop by again soon. x 🙂
A lovely post filled with beautiful pics. Glad your weather is cheering up and making your feel good too. Enjoy. xxx
Thanks for stopping by today, Pauline. A lovely day here today but sadly not as warm as yours. Please send some of that spare sunshine soon. 🙂