Today is cold, very cold! The north wind is blowing and even inside the house I can hear the wind and even feel it entering my body and making me cold and, for some reason, tired.
All this week the temperatures have been lower; not reaching double figures during the day and dropping close to freezing at night; not quite actually causing a frost but I have been worried about the salad leaves I’ve already planted outside. In the greenhouse on the days that are sunny the temperatures creep into the low 30’s °C.
Monday wasn’t so cold and I managed to work in the garden for most of the day, completely lots of the spring clean-up; I’m ahead this year so hopefully it will all be easier to manage. The Perovskia in the formal beds have been cut down; new shoots were showing all up the stems so it needed to be done now rather than waiting until the end of March. The formal beds need a quick weed too, but don’t seem to bad at first glance, the mulch added in the autumn seems to have done its job.
Last week I noticed the first of the Muscari flowering, this week the whole slope seems BLUE, with the Teucrium with even more flowers than it has had for the last few months, the prostrate rosemary too is full of flowers, and the bees are going crazy. Contrast this with the vibrant chartreuse of the various Euphorbias and the slope is positively zinging this week.
Are the colours changing in your garden? Do you have to complete jobs earlier this year because the weather has been mild or are you still in the throes of winter?