Spring in the garden

Photo of cherry blossom in our front garden for my post on spring in the garden

Cherry blossom, as a sign of spring

Spring has finally sprung, and I’m delighted.

This is the third spring since we moved, so I’ve been looking forward to the reappearance of my favourite flowers. After the greens, browns and grey skies of recent months, it’s exciting to be out in the garden again.

When I noticed the cherry tree had blossomed yesterday, it really felt like spring had arrived.

Photo of fritillaries in the front bed, for my post on spring in the garden

Delicate fritillaries

This morning, I spotted the first purple snake’s head frittillaries in the front bed, and I’m so glad they’re back.

Suddenly flowers are opening everywhere – the magnolia buds by the yew hedge in the back garden have bloomed,

Photo of lovely white magnolia by the yew hedge, for my post on spring in the garden

Elegant magnolia

the cowslips are out by the kitchen

Photo of yellow cowslips in the front garden, for my post on spring in the garden

Cheerful yellow cowslips

and I’m even pleased to see the first daisies in the lawn. Spot them while you can, as I have every hope my husband will resurrect the lawnmover this evening,

Picture of a couple of daisies in the grass for my post on spring in the garden

Daisy chains ahoy

Meanwhile the daphne at the back of the house is a frothy mass of flowers and soon the whole garden will be flooded with bluebells.

Picture of daphne in flower for my post on spring in the garden

Daphne by the dining room

Today I’ve been out, watering patches of grass where we left the children’s tents out too long over half term. Fingers crossed the lawn will recover!

I’ve also been shovelling dead leaves, pruned branches and weeds into the brown wheelie bin. We pay the council £50 a year for a garden waste collection every fortnight, so I was keen to get a full bin out. At least I didn’t end up chasing the bin lorry down the road this time…

Yesterday, I planted out the dwarf daffodil my daughter gave me, once it stopped flowering. Hopefully it will pop up again next year. I put the bulb on the far side of the front garden, so I should see any flowers whenever I look out of the kitchen window.

Picture of daffodil bulbs in the ground with plant pot and trowel

Planting out the daffodil bulbs

Our tumble drier is a marvel all during damp dark winters, but this morning the sunshine persuaded me to hang out some washing. That should save ooooh a whole 30p compared to using the tumble drier instead.

Picture of washing on the line for my post on spring in the garden

Look, no tumble drier

Every year, I have grand plans to grow some of our own veg. Every year, I end up with a stash of seeds down the side of the radio. (Previous post on where to buy seeds for less). Maybe this will be the year some of the seeds actually make it beyond a packet or a seed tray!

Picture of seed packets that I always need to plant

Guilt wrapped up in paper packets

Best of all? Spending time in the garden, watching new flowers emerge and enjoying each season, brings great joy and doesn’t cost a penny.

Now over to you. How’s your garden right now? Plans to plant anything? Do share in the comments, I’d love to hear!

 

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  1. April 19, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    It would be a shame not to plant those seeds… or some of them…. start small.
    So far potatoes and beetroot are outside and in pots I have tomatoes,cucumber,basil,green beans,pointy sweet peppers, aubergines…… but where are the courgettes and parsley….no sign at all

    • April 20, 2018 / 7:32 am

      So true Sue. I just need to get some seeds sown. Your pots sound fabulous!