There are no two ways about it - spring has definitely arrived in the south east this weekend and everything is bursting into life. Tulips are beginning to bud up as is clematis alpina. Clematis armandii has begun flowering as has the Akebia quinata which I always wish was nearer the house, its flowers smell so good.
In particular there has been a lot of bird activity - especially blue tits and greenfinches who have taken to the peanut bird feeder, probably because I haven't been keeping up with their consumption of sun flower seeds in the other feeder. This means they are closer to the window but also has a detrimental effect on the polyanthus which are beginning to look like a totally different species as their flowers are being demolished - I'm sure the tits and finches are to blame.
The mahonia is still smelling delicious and buzzing with bees and around the garden I have found plenty of 5 spot ladybirds but no harlequins as yet.
Made a good start on clearing away the debris from last year and raking the moss from the lawn which needs re-seeding again (as usual) but seems a little better for having the moss raked out mid-winter.
Also gave the roses a feed of Wilkinson's Rose feed as recommended by a "proper" gardener friend. BUT there is SO much to do and so little time...
Crossing my fingers we don't have any more hard frosts as there are plenty of flower buds on the apricot tree this year - the deep pink is just about showing.
Small Garden Story
Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!