Yesterday I topped up on my much depleted spirit and ditched the housework in favour of the garden. It was a perfect day to be out there, clearing away the last signs of winter. The sun was shining, it was warm but not too hot and it felt great to get my hands dirty from the mud once more.
The garden looks quite bare at this time of the year but there is new life sprouting all over. Little pockets of colour appearing which bring me joy after what has been a fairly drab winter.
Patches of narcissus and crocus are bright and cheerful and have sprung up along with the Aquilaga that will flower later in the season. The Aquilaga seem to change colour every year as they hybridise with each other and they are always a lovely surprise.
The Euphorbia are also providing a splash of colour and love my garden. I have these deep green and red ones and also some mixed green ones elsewhere in the garden.
The primroses which are one of my favourite plants are looking quite good too, although I tend to loose these regularly during the hot dry spells.
The herb wheel looks a little sorry for itself although the creeping Rosemary is going very well and the Fennel which dies right back during the winter is ready to head skyward at any moment! I'm sure will be green and bursting with colour, smell and most importantly flavour in no time at all.
The frogs are causing tidal waves in my small pond. 3 males all trying their luck with the one female we have. Poor thing I feel quite sorry for her ;)
The fairy garden I made last year looks a little pitiful with just a few primroses remaining, but they are hanging on in there and look very pretty in their shades of pink.
There is still much to be done out there, but after a day spent cutting back on the last vestiges of winter, planting some Sedums and pruning some of the bushes it looks 100% better already and I can look out of my kitchen window once more and smile.