It has been a slow start to the spring season this year and it has felt like a long unending winter. This feeling lifted when the sun started to shine again and the air began to feel warmer. I could feel spring fever rising in me just like the sap in the flora around – all newly emerging and getting ready for the new season.
I have over-wintered long enough, what felt like an eternity this year, but at last there is a shift in the weather and I see leaves and blossom burgeoning around me. The not long ago bare trees have now put on new leaf and ground cover plants are a plenty – I especially notice tulips this year, in a way I haven’t in previous years and am reminded just how good they are as a spring-time flower.
My first new season task was to re-awaken all my tools and pots and propagators with a good clean, a ritual I enjoy more and more as each year passes – marking the re-launch of my passion for gardening and this year in my own new garden in Baldock, Hertfordshire. I have lots to do, as it’s a blank canvas – the smallest plot I have ever had, but that’s no bad thing as it brings its very own rewarding challenges and conscious decisions and I am already delighting at what is beginning to flourish.
Seeds sown so far, include:
Cosmos / Tomatoes ‘Moneymaker’ / Chives / Livingstone Daisies / Echinacea / Cerinthe major purpurascens / Calendular / Naturgiums / Cornflowers ‘Black & ‘Blue’, Zinnias and more to come..
I just love this time of year – full of hope..