Posts Tagged ‘spring



After this long winter, which, although we had loads of snow, was very dark and dreary because of repeated fog and mist, the first warmer days come as a relief. From next to now everything seems sprouting and growing; the crocuses having just blossomed, are almost gone now, only to be followed by daffodils and tulips on the spot. Somehow everything seems to be happening at the same time.
I used to have an almost photographic memory, which I find dwindling, however, as I’m getting older. It becomes increasingly necessary to take notes and stick little memos everywhere so as not to forget anything important. Nevertheless, this has also got its positive aspects: Particularly this spring is full of surprises. There are so many bulbs coming up that I can’t remember planting, that I keep walking through my garden in wonder. Isn’t it a blessing that just when you think you know and have seen everything, life keeps new impressions in store?


Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day April

Even though it’s almost midnight, I don’t want to be late again for Carol’s Garden Blogger’s Bloomday, particularly because Spring Explosion has almost started. The flowers are only waiting for a few really mild days to show their full beauty, but even what they come up with in this rather cool sunny April weather lets the heart leap. Right now I don’t find the time to work as much in the garden as I would like to; however, I always go my round welcoming every new flower that raises its head — driving my dog mad because she’d rather play or go for a walk with me.

No, I’m not going to rant on about those slugs who have finished off my complete scillas, lots of the daffodils and ruined most of my miniature tulips. I’ll simply show you some that have survived and shine brightly on all visitors who enter the garden.

The first cherry blossoms are starting to open. This is actually a surprise tree because it is a sapling that grew from the roots of my parents’ morella cherries, and which I planted among all the other wild shrubs at the end of my garden. So if it ever carries fruit it probably won’t be morellas.

The Pulsatillas are some of my favourite spring flowers. Unfortunately the wild tulips between them are already gone. I’ve also got a corner with the blue variety, however they haven’t started blooming yet. They love light sandy soil, and when the conditions are right, they self-seed quite easily.

Aside from the white forest variety, I haven’t been too lucky with anemones, although I adore them. They simply seem to vanish after some time. Well, it’s no wonder, if you plant heucheras on top of them in the autumn because you have forgotten that there have ever been some there before like this anemone blanda that keeps on fighting its way up. (Carol, was it you, who went on about having ‘senior moments’ the other day? This was certainly one of mine!)