In contrast to the dull day yesterday, today is mild and sunny, the perfect day to be outside but I’m still a little unwell to work outside but the sunshine brightens my spirits even if I am indoors. It was warm enough for a walk around the garden to check if there are any new shoots or promises of buds to open.
I even decided to check on the spring walk to see what shoots if any were showing, and then I saw it a fully open beautiful Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’- it made me so happy, the promise of all that there is to follow in spring all wrapped up in one perfect bloom.
OK, I know that my garden doesn’t depend on flowers for its overall design but it is the flowers that give that little spark of joy. Continuing my walk I even found some crocus, strangely with their buds opening but they were hardly out of the soil.
In this part of the garden the soil hasn’t been improved so you can see how many stones there are and it gives the idea of how free draining the soil is.
The Yellow Iris that was flowering before Christmas is STILL flowering with new buds opening up the stem. A shrub that is flowering rather out of its usual season is the prostrate Ceanothus; it frequently does have the odd flower in winter but usually when it has been so cold.
A shrub that is flowering rather out of its usual season is the prostrate Ceanothus; it frequently does have the odd flower in winter but usually when it has been so cold.
Iris unguicularis continues to have some flowers almost every day, as it is planted under the Rosa mutabilis by the parking area it is something I see almost the moment I walk outside on my way to visit the greenhouse so it is a lovely sight.
Friday will be the day when I report on the spring walk; but not every week until there are more bulbs to show.
What signs of spring are there in your garden?