front-doorAlmost every day has brought a small miracle to the garden here in the lovely Welsh Marches. On occasion it as been a new and exciting plant beginning to flower, or the discovery of a bird’s nest, the harvest of first peas and potatoes or a perfect blossom.

I have started so many posts and been overtaken by the gallop of the season through the garden before I managed to hit the publish button. There are three draft posts for May, two for June unpublished, laden with pictures as the borders unfolded. The previous owners of the garden lavished attention and pants on it and it has been with childish delight I have watched the show unfold.
I have a sense that the huge surge of energy that followed that cold spring has peaked now and the lazy days are on us. Just looking across the river shows a landscape in high summer colours. The trees are in full dark green, the grass has a hint of yellow, the water in the river is low. It is time to catch the breath, to enjoy these perfect days and the fruits of many hours labour before the next season demands something. It is a good place to be. Happy summer days everyone.


a winter and spring week


snow-drops-and-aconitesGoodness, it has been a mad week for weather!  On Wednesday it snowed for most of the day and although there was no great accumulation, it was enough to be winter. The snowdrops by the back door certainly lived up to their name but by evening the snow had turned to rain and the melt began. By Thursday the river was in flood again, carrying the meltwater and rain  off the Welsh hills and winter was briefly put aside for a taste of Spring.

Up on the bank where I planted the new snowdrops, they have started to flower after the drenching. The soil has been washed down around their roots and they certainly look happy enough with the sun shining on them. I know they are woodland plants but curiously the best display down the lane where there are thousands of them is on the sunny side of the lane or at the gateway where the sun shines through. Has anyone else found theirs like sunny spots when they can get them?

new-snowdropsSo I have spent the day working on the garden, making the most of it being both milder and drier. I was actually working in a sweater today having shed the coat and the body warmer. I know! Daring! I’m trying to get on with the backlog of jobs as well as preparing a new bed for summer perennials. Happy gardening if that’s what you are doing this weekend.