I love this time of year.
The garden is coming back to life, with bright colours bursting through the greens and browns of winter. The wave of delicate snowdrops has been replaced by an explosion of bluebells. The cherry trees are covered a cloud of blossom.
Every time I go outside, something new has appeared – primroses, cowslips, honeysuckle and now the purple irises in the back bed. You may have seen some of the photos over on Instagram – check out my feed @muchmore_less.
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I was delighted when the snakehead fritillaries, both white and pink, reappeared in the front bed.
The purple tulips are popping up again too. When the sun shines, the lime tree shimmers with green leaves, and the buds on white beam in the back garden have opened.
The drawback is that the plants I’m less keen on are also invading. The pear blossom in the back garden looks lovely, but the nettles underneath less so. Some of the ivy we hacked back has resurfaced. I headed out to tackle it, only to be disturbed by loud cheeping and an irritated robin on the fence post nearby. So for the meantime the ivy stays, at least as long as the nest does.
Ever the optimist, I always hope that this will be the year I get on top of the garden.
I have great intentions of uncovering the strimmer, to tackle the long grass, and the shears, to trim the yew hedges. One year, I’ll actually get started on the veg garden that exists so clearly in my head.
I hope you had a good Easter. We didn’t go far, but I did enjoy the break, exploring different parts of Suffolk and heading off on outings with the children. My mother came to stay at the start of the holidays, and the grandparents came over for Easter lunch and an egg hunt at the end. The council decided to resurface the road outside, saving us from traffic noise for a few days, then leaving us with new road markings in a particularly virulent shade of yellow.
With Easter so late, we all enjoyed the wonderful weather – the children have been back out on the trampoline and pitched their tents on the lawn. We dragged out the garden chairs and parasol from their winter hibernation, so we could sit outside. I have, quite literally, been taking time out to smell the flowers.
With the garden bursting back into life, I reckon it’s time to spring clean my finances too. Do you have any plans, whether to make the most of your garden or your money? Any money matters where you need help? Do share in the comments, I’d love to hear!
Last year’s post about spring in the garden