I am aware that last week, after a week of dull grey days I sounded rather negative; all that has changed this week.
Sunday was sunny and surprisingly warm but I was out all day so unable to work in the garden, this was followed by a truly freezing cold day on Monday when it was absolutely bitter cold even if standing in full sun and out of the wind, I was cursing my bad luck in not being able to garden on the previous day. But then Tuesday arrived looking as bright as it had on Monday but with no wind at all – a wonderful day; I was able to begin the spring tidy of the borders. I weeded and removed dead stems and leaves and cut back the grasses in the Spring walk so that when the bulbs flower the beds should not look untidy. Worryingly I did find some evidence of some mouse holes in the ground (well that’s what I’m assuming they are). I do hope they haven’t eaten all my tulips! Time will tell.
Yesterday and today have been glorious too so work has continued alongside a little pricking out in the greenhouse and the potting on of some cuttings.
I photographed the slope at about mid-day and the light is entirely different than it has been since autumn. I feel spring is on the way even if some clouds covered the sun this afternoon and rain is forecast for tomorrow afternoon.
The rosemary is still flowering.
I planted one of the small Cistus that I grew as a cutting into the space left by the Weigela I removed, it had never done well and its moment of glory was far too short for it to retain its place. I want to add more Cistus as I’ve mentioned before but also some upright rosemary that I’ll prune into spheres, some Marjoram that I grew from seed last year which will also be kept as a sphere and lavender, I don’t have these yet but intend buying some different varieties as well as taking some cuttings of the ones I have.
Sorry about some of the dark marks; the old camera I’m using has marks on the lens too now; the camera I was using has been sent to be cleaned. Maybe this is caused by my using the camera with earthy hands?
Have you been able to begin the spring clean of your garden or do you do it all in autumn?