After the longest, coldest winter that I can remember (and I was away for two weeks of it), spring is finally springing – with tubs of bulbs all bursting into bloom. I’ve been rushing about in the garden, trying to catch up with long-neglected pruning and getting some bare-rooted hedge plants in. Indoors, things are shockingly untidy as a result, but in among all the mess, we’re enjoying watching pots of spring bulbs open in the increasing light.
We’ve been enjoying waking to lighter mornings, with pink-tinged skies glimpsed through the raised guard’s van windows in our sitting room….
… and the early sun making the decorations on my daughter’s bedroom windows glow like stained glass …
As I embark on the next stage of work on the seaside garden, with the creation of proper paths, a large pond and the planting up of beds beneath the pergola, I have been thinking about all of the gardens I have made – none of them in particularly promising places. And I’ve decided to start a new blog, which will concentrate much more on gardening – chronicling my efforts here, and also championing others who feel compelled to garden in unprepossessing sites or circumstances. It’s called GARDENING AGAINST THE ODDS and you can find its embryonic incarnation here. It’s still in its early stages, but do pop over and see what you think. Meanwhile, things will continue here with regular posts on home life, photographs of my beloved beach in all weathers, favourite poems and so on…. I hope you’ll enjoy it all.
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