Spring is springing

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Do you think it’s here? Spring? It’s certainly started to feel that way this last week or so.  There has been definite sunshine (I even fell asleep sitting on the decking on the weekend, face to the sun….and snuggled in my huge anorak and hat, under a blanket, but still, there was sunshine).  March often has a sting in its tail though, a cold snap to finish off winter, so I’m keeping my woolly gloves handy.

Nature, however, certainly thinks that spring is in the air.  The wood pigeons have been getting super friendly with one another, our dog is in season (and howling like a werewolf for mates) and buds are beginning to appear on our shrubs and plants.  Add some gorgeous colour into the mix and the raggle taggle winter garden is starting to blossom into a beautiful springtime palate.

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The primroses are so cute just now.

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Even the ones hidden in the shadows.

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The acer is coming into leaf *skips around the garden*.  Hands down this is my favourite plant at this time of year – for the first few weeks its leaves are such a vibrant red.

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The grape hyacinths are still about, so tiny and pretty; and the elephant ear plants (not sure if this is the real name or one my husband made up) have shy pink flowers that hide amidst the huge leaves.

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(A daffodil blew into the picture above.)

We have finally built two of the five raised beds AND filled them.

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I have started some seeds off in the greenhouse.  My garlic and cauliflowers are coming along nicely – I’ve never grown either so it’s all very new to me.  I do seem to have about 30+ cauliflower plants.  Potting them on I just couldn’t bring myself to only pot on the big strong ones – I felt too bad for the small, weaker ones.  I’m so soppy.  So I have given them all a chance and I’m donating a dozen to my kids’ school for them to grow.  I’m also going to need to invest in a cauliflower recipe book.

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And to finish with, last time I posted about a bag of bulbs I had found and planted in an old watering can, not knowing what they are.  Well this week, I give you another pot of bulbs and I have no idea what they are either. But they are growing well.

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Linking once again with the wonderful How does your garden grow? at the beautiful Fable & Folk.

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11 Comments

  1. March 17, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I actually took a photo of a plant sign yesterday because it was called ‘Big ears’ (Stachys Byzantina) but it wasn’t flowering yet so not sure if it’s the same as your Elephant Ears! Love your acer too!

    • Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Ah, it could well be! And yes that acer is just gorgeous, thank you x

  2. March 17, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Oh my I know how much hard work that is – the filling of the raised beds that is. The making them is also hard but it never ceases to amaze me just how much dirt it takes to fill them!
    Seeing seedlings growing is such a good feeling to see -everything is growing, some slower than others (aka my hydrangeas) but progress is being made. What an optimistic time of the year!
    Thank you for joining in again x

    • Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Thank *you* for hosting, Annie. It;s so lovely that you can appreciate the work going into filling those veg beds! It was an immense amount of soil!! x

    • Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you 🙂 x

  3. March 18, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I think Spring has definitely arrived. I stepped out the door yesterday morning and suddenly realised everything was flowering! Yippee! It’s so nice to see everything come alive again. Nice work on the raised beds, they look brilliant 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Gemma! Do you think we spoke too soon? It’s a week on from writing this post and blimey it’s cold!! Maybe we tempted fate 🙂 x

  4. March 24, 2016 / 9:17 am

    wow! what lovely pictures and garden you have. and what a great job on those boxes! and spring is officially here. happy spring!

    • Elizabeth
      March 24, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Claudia! x

  5. March 29, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Love those dark coloured primroses – and yes, Spring is here (officially at least) now for the weather to catch up more consistently!

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