I was walking up the garden path on Tuesday morning and spotted green buds poking out of the soil by the front door. These little buds are the beginnings of daffodils. And you know what that means! Spring is on its way!
I had a poke around the rest of the garden and realised that despite being brown and soggy, everything is slowly coming back to life. The Erysium in the front garden is pushing up a stem full of purpley pink buds. This was starting to bloom early April last year but I think it may well happen before then this year if the weather stays so mild.
The Nemesia has lots of new growth under the dried flower stems. This plant was looking knackered at the end of Summer so I wasn’t sure if it was going to survive. But in true Alan Partridge fashion, it has ‘bounced back’.
Our Winter flowering heather is flowering. There were next to no flowers last year and I think it’s because they were so young – each one less than 5cm tall. After a year in the ground and a feed or two they are in good shape.
We’ve had a few Campanula flowers through the Winter. Lots of plants seem to be waking up early this year which shows how mild its been despite the odd cold snap.
The Eve Price shrub is covered in tightly closed pink buds. At the weekend, I came across one of these that had been planted in the ground – it was huge! I’m glad ours is in a pot.
In the back garden, the hydrangea is covered in green buds. This is the plant I’m most worried about if it suddenly turns cold because the buds are easily frost damaged. I’ve left the dead heads on for now but if the temperature drops I might cover them over with fleece aswell.
This flower head isn’t from our garden but I like the tinge of blue in the petals. A blue hydrangea is on my list of plants to buy for the back garden this year. I’m pretty sure my grandparents had one in their garden when I was a kid and I think they also had hydrangea bedding in the spare bedroom. Perhaps that’s where I get it from.
I don’t think it’ll be long before the first crocus appear. These bulbs have been pushing shoots up since the beginning of December.
From a distance, the garden still looks wet and lifeless but up close there’s a lot going on. I can’t wait to start working on the veg patch again. There are a few seeds in the gardening tin but we need to have a think about what we want to be eating from the garden this year. Broad beans are definitely on the list after last years measly pickings. It wasn’t a total failure though, we got four bean pods each containing one bean. A fine meal for a mouse. Better luck this year.