Snowdrops and stillness

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For the first time for months, the wind dropped, the sun came out, the sky was blue and the birds sang. It certainly felt like the first day of spring, although in reality I fear we may have more days of winter to contend with. While we did certainly get some flurries of snow this past week, we have had to contend with none of the extreme weather that our English and Welsh gardening friends have suffered. If your gardening world is currently underwater or you have lost much loved trees this past week, huge commiserations.

 

This weekend we finished pruning the fruit bushes, concluding with two wall-trained gooseberries. These are fan-trained against our south-facing wall and are actually quite a good way of growing this bush with its evil daggers of thorns, as one doesn’t need to reach deep into the bush to extract the berries. In truth, we tend to leave the fruit to the blackbirds who also build their nests in there (I discovered two or three left over from last year’s nesting season, which I left for this year’s incumbents!); for me, it’s worth growing them for the very early-spring flush of apple-green foliage followed by the bee-attracting flowers in May.

Next week, noting that some of the early herbaceous is starting to come to life, I’ll be returning to the borders to finally cut back last year’s growth…

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15 Responses to Snowdrops and stillness

  1. Those are some of the best snowdrops I’ve seen this year! You must have a secret?

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  2. bridget says:

    Great idea to grow Gooseberries like that…so much easier to harvest.

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  3. Alistair says:

    Nothing better than the early signs of Spring. Great picture of your Snowdrops.

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  4. casa mariposa says:

    How wonderful to see signs of spring! We have more snow coming tomorrow but warmer temps for the weekend. My snowdrops are still asleep. It’s possible they are quite disgusted with our extra cold winter and might refuse to cooperate. 🙂

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  6. bittster says:

    That’s a great picture of the snowdrops with the sun on the background. I love how perfect and pristine they look. Glad to hear you’re getting some work done around the garden! Frank

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  7. Julie says:

    My goodness, your wall trained Gooseberries sound huge, what variety do you grow? We had sunshine too in the east of England today, we have been fairly lucky here and only the local fields are flooded and so far haven’t lost any trees. (touch wood)!

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    • Glad you’ve escaped the worst of the weather, Jules.

      Not sure what variety of gooseberry we have but I think it’s too old to be Invicta. Could be Green Gem which is not grown much these days.

      The plants fan out to about 3 metres and are the height of the walls (about 3 metres also).

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  8. Lovely snowdrops…we are covered with 3 feet of snow and will be still getting snow through March…no blooms until later march or April

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