According to the met office we are a week off the start of spring which they count as 1st March even though the spring equinox is not until around 20/21st March. I understand this is because they need fixed dates so they can produce those useful statistics that tell us how this has been the wettest winter on record.
The day started strangely with three little robins sitting on our new fence. Now robins are supposed to be solitary creatures and very territorial . Seeing two together is rather unusual, unless they are a pair, so what does that make three? What is more they didn’t seem to be taking much notice of each other. No fighting, no canoodling on the fence – just sitting there. So I wonder if it was one male and two females, one female and two males or maybe three males or three females. I can see I will have to keep my eye on them.
As it was the first dry day for ages I braved the cold and the wind to do a tour of my garden and get some photographs of how the plants were doing. There are signs of spring everywhere: primulas will be flowering in a week or so as will the dwarf narcissi while many herbaceous plants are starting to grow – delphinium, monkshood, dicentra….There are buds on the roses and the honeysuckle has been sprouting for ages. Unfortunately I still can’t see any buds on my new plum tree, but neither is it frothing so maybe it just hasn’t got going yet.
As it was still dry after taking a few photos I felt I just had to do some more leaf gathering. I can’t believe how many leaves have accumulated in my garden again – some on the edge of the herbaceous border, but most of them ’round the side’. Last Autumn we put up two new compost areas for leaves having filled the two coal bunkers the year before. By November they were both full although the leaves have settled a bit now leaving a little more space. As it usually takes leaves a good 3-4 years to compost down to lovely crumbly soil I am wondering what on earth we will do next Autumn. I really don’t want to resort to plastic bin bags – even if they are bio-degradable these days. That just means you can’t move them without them falling apart.
Anyway most of the leaves are up once more so I can look out for the little spring plants emerging: primula wanda, anemones and crocuses.
Before I finish for today I need to have a rant I’m afraid. A friend of mine kindly sent me some flowers as she had missed my birthday. The flowers are absolutely beautifyul – it was the note inside them from the store that really got me.
And here is how they were delivered! Saving resources – I don’t think so. And I now have to recycle all that cardboard – it would have been much easier to pour water down the sink!
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