March already! The weather does not seem to think so and is continually exposing us to freezing winds, significant rainfall, oh yes, and the odd day of sunshine. Even snow.
The lawns have spent seemingly weeks under inches of rainwater. Continually falling on sodden ground and slow to drain away.
There are however, reassuring signs that spring is on its way. Resilient as ever, the snowdrops, planted in-the-green last year and a hope that they survived, did indeed return to brighten these dark days and lift our low spirits. Snowdrops were followed by dwarf iris and crocus. Blue’s, yellow’s, purples and orange. Sprouting through the lawns, and from pots where they have whiled away the many months, hidden, as COVID was covering the world, only to reveal themselves ready for the early bees and to bring some natural joy to our days.
The garden is also encouraging the daffodils into flower. Dominant and tall narcissus, together with the smaller, dwarf tete-a-tete. Colour is well and truly returning. Tulips are forcing through, and in the coming few weeks will be joining their neighbours the iris Picasso in a glorious display of colour.
Jobs to do are plentiful. Resilience is needed now to encourage us to get outdoors in such awful weather to tend to those jobs we keep putting off due to a false justification that they will wait until a better, drier day. That day seldom comes and when it does, we would have left those incomplete jobs too long. Start by doing just five minutes. I know it takes half an hour getting all the kit together. Secateurs, rake, spade, hoe, fork, loppers, mulch, compost, cuttings bag. Dressed in wellies, new waterproofs, gardening gloves and Tilley hat, I do step over the threshold. It’s freezing cold, the family watch from the warmth indoors, raindrops running down the windows.
First job is to pull up all the dead sodden crocosmia leaves. Already this years new growth is pushing through these dead leaves. It’s going to be a messy five minutes …..
Two hours later, I call it a day. I’ve cleared. I’ve pruned, I’ve edged and I’ve divided. Tomorrow will be another day 🙂