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.
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.
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!
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.
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?