Now that the snows have gone…

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Snowdrops carpetting the woodland floor

wpid-20130413_145849.jpgThe last traces of snow finally left us this week, although I see that large swathes remain on the hills. The tractors round about have finally got going with their spring sowings, much later than usual, so hopefully the weather will be kind come late summer for the harvest. Today the mercury finally got into double figures, spring temperatures at last! The birds have known which season it is for the last few weeks as evidenced by the resounding dawn chorus which starts at around 4.30am, long before dawn, with the quacks from the trio of mallards which have taken up residence by the lily pond; they come every spring for a few weeks, then move on for the rest of the summer. By 5.30am, all the birds are singing their hearts out- only in Spring are they in full voice.

In the garden, plants gradually come out of their winter slumbers. Buds are swelling, bulbs are appearing, weeds are starting to grow! In the woods, the snowdrops are still flowering, preserved by the incessant cold that we’ve experienced this past month. This is one of those years when daffodils and snowdrops are flowering at the same time, although most of our daffodils are yet to burst into bloom.wpid-20130413_145650.jpgwpid-20130413_145737.jpg

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the new Medlar, finally planted in the walled garden

I finally managed to get round to doing some planting this past week. The ground wasn’t too bad in places, although very wet and heavy in the woods, where the new Rhododendron has gone. A new order of three David Austin roses arrived during the week for the new west-facing border; I started planting this last spring with herbaceous but it lacked height which the roses will give it. wpid-20130413_150723.jpgI’m a great fan of David Austin roses; we have some already which start flowering around June and were still flowering in early January this year. The varieties I’ve just planted are Golden Celebration (golden yellow), Port Sunlight (apricot) and Harlow Carr (pink), named after the marvellous RHS garden in Yorkshire.

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this year’s sweet pea seedlings

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naturalised polyanthus, under the apple trees

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Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’, the first to flower in the shade border

Delighted to see that the first of my Easter greenhouse sowings are starting to come through with the advent of the Pyrethrums; hopefully we’ll start to see some movement with the others during the week now that the temperatures are starting to warm up a little. Meanwhile the sweet peas, early lettuce and wild flowers are making good progress.

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12 Responses to Now that the snows have gone…

  1. cakeandcalico says:

    It’s lovely to feel as if spring is with us at last – we planted some seeds last weekend and they are already making up for lost time!

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  2. I’m replacing one of David Austins after it was mangled by a dog and transplanted too many times. It finally just gave up and I put the poor thing out of its misery. It’s Wm Shakespeare 2000. I’m so glad your snow has finally melted and spring has started for you!

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  3. I always adore opening your blog to see that wonderful photo of your dreamy walled garden. Spring has exploded here with recent days of hot weather (90F), which cooked the early blooming daffodils, yet the spirea and edible shrubs are bursting with blooms and flowers. Pollen heavy too–soon you will be caught up and out there puttering again. Cooler again here now with light rains, and I hope Mother Nature will be kind to both our gardens. Diane

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  4. Your description of spring sounds just like here…soggy in spots, cold and snowdrops lingering…but we are warming this week and I hope to see daffs and buds finally on bushes…happy spring!

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  5. Hooray for spring! Glad you are finally getting your share. Lovely Pulmonaria…and such promise in those sweet peas. I’ve been plant shopping the last couple weekends and will finally have a full day in the garden today. Hope I can get most planted.

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  6. glad the snow is finally leaving your side of Scotland, my daffodils are much later too, the first few have just started to flower but some are hardly out of the ground, with the exception of tete-e-tete which has been flowering for nearly a month, though that’s late as it is usually out in February,
    your woodland must look amazingly beautiful with a carpet of snowdrops, good luck with your seeds, Frances

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    • Thanks Frances, good to hear from you. It’s certainly been a slow spring this year, but that has meant an extended season for the snowdrops. The warmth just shrivels them up. I think they may pass over quite quickly now, though, as the weather has changed overnight to a much warmer airstream.

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