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Garden Flowers: Almost Spring…Really!

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A lovely shade of blue

Surely, surely, it must start to feel like spring now that we have passed the vernal equinox on 21 March (I know the exact beginning of spring can be a contentious issue, so I won’t even go there). I admit that I am struggling to feel seasonally appropriate. Whether this is due to a lingering cold and cough or the annoyingly persistent gloomy grey skies that have out numbered the blues ones lately, I am unable to be sure. Suffice to say that although I have felt twinges of spring, I can’t say I that am whole heartedly into the new season yet. The result of this is that I have been struggling to find the motivation to go grubbing around in the garden. I have had a few cautious forays to inspect the signs of spring growth in the flowerbeds, but that’s about as far as my gardening activity has gone.

Having said all of that, we have both been trying to keep up with any tidying jobs that need doing over the autumn and winter. I did promise myself that I would stop being a fare-season gardener and ensure that everything didn’t go to rack and ruin over the winter. I am not sure that I have entirely succeeded in my aim, but I have been outside on the brighter days, if only to rake up leaves and poke around in the compost bin. I can comfort myself with the knowledge that we did put the garden reasonably well to bed in the autumn, so we are not faced with too much debris from last year, as we have been in the past. Usually, I really have to fight against running out of steam come September and simply letting everything slide into decay and disorder. That creates a daunting start to the new season. In addition, my ideal would be start sowing seeds very early, to get a good start on the growing season. Well, maybe next year for that…

tulip buds

Still green…

In previous Curiously, Creatively posts, I have written about our seed stock and our plans for the growing season, but implementing these ideas has been slow so far. There are foxglove plants waiting in the shelter of the potting shed, ready to go outside, so that really should be a first task. I hope that the Easter break proves to be mild enough to inspire me to get a few jobs done outside. On present showing, that is not looking very likely. Maybe I will just have to gird my loins and brave some inclement weather. However, I think that I will need to harden off the foxgloves before risking planting them outside. The shed isn’t heated, but even so, I don’t want to risk too abrupt a change in temperature for the small plants. I am quite excited about the prospect of having foxgloves as it’s taken me years to get around to growing some.

Foxglove Seedlings

Ready to plant out soon

Elsewhere in the garden, the tulips are coming up, though they are not yet blooming and the primroses look pretty. The long green leaves of bluebells are in evidence and the anemones are a delicately encouraging sign of things to come. The ever busy forget-me-nots are popping up in places where I am fairly sure they weren’t in evidence last year. Once you have them, they do tend to take over any available space. I did put up some spring photographs last year, so I have only added a couple more here rather than repeat too much. As usual our daffodils seem to be slower than everyone else’s, so I persist in thinking that spring isn’t truly here until my jolly yellow blooms are showing.

How does your garden grow? Do let us know.



Spring Flowering Garden

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After a hiatus of about a month, the creative blog urges are creaking back into life with the coming of spring (or what passes for it in this part of the world anyway). This is going to be a pictorial post to celebrate the colourful blooms that have popped up in our garden so far this spring. I have been trying to remember to snap our spring blooms this year so that we have a record of what we grow. When the winter cold is upon us once again, it will be nice to have the pictures to remind us of what is just around the corner.


First signs of spring…


Some of the plants were already here when we moved in but others (such as the daffodils and crocuses) have been planted by us in the last few years. I am particularly proud of the snowdrops and I am anxiously watching them each spring to see whether they have increased in numbers yet. Sadly, I don’t think  they have, but at least they have survived unlike my lily of the valley bulbs that never saw the light of day. I would like to try to plant some more sometime as I have always associated them with my grandparents’ garden in my childhood memories.

We planted crocuses a few years back and these seem to have settled in nicely, becoming quite well established. I can’t remember how many I bought, but it’s probably reasonable to suppose that a few didn’t survive.

Purple Crocuses

Spring blooms

Nevertheless, as you can see we had a good showing of a couple of different colours this year. I wish crocuses stayed around a little longer into spring, but they always seem to be battling the unkind elements, especially the wind and rain which doesn’t do them much good. It’s lovely to see them though, even if it is for a short time. You can just also see the purple/blue of an anemone in the back ground. They don’t look as plentiful as on previous years, but maybe they came up when I wasn’t paying attention!

More crocuses

Three colours…


Cheerful yellow blooms

Another bright spot on the spring landscape is something for which I can’t claim credit, that of the japonica in the side border which is certainly a very cheerful sight in the early part of the year. I don’t know what this variety is called, so if anyone knows just drop me a line.

The bright yellow flowers look as though they should be appearing later in the year, somehow I always feel that their bold colour looks more summery than spring like, but I am still very glad to see them.

Another spring favourite of ours is the creamy coloured primrose plants that we have grown near the bulbs. These busy flowers seem to be in action for most of the spring and summer and they form lovely delicate cushions of blooms. I usually try to deadhead them with small scissors to prolong the flowering period, though I admit that it is a rather fiddly operation, only undertaken when I am in a mood to be dedicated to the procedure.

Primrose clumps

Spring cushions

Yellow Primroses

In need of a trim.

You can see from the second photograph, taken a few weeks after the first one that the plants are beginning to look a little straggly. Time for a haircut methinks.

I have still got several more pictures tucked away, so I think that I will post up the rest next time. Watch out for further updates from the Curiously, Creatively spring garden. We’ll also be giving you an update on what vegetable seeds we have been sowing.

Spring will continue in due course…..has it sprung yet where you are?

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