Saturday, 22 January 2011

The signs of Spring

For the past couple of weeks the weather has been quite mild and on some days has appeared almost spring like. I have been hanging my laundry in the garden, although not always a great success and have opened the windows more than once to let the fresh air in. The plants also seem to be under the impression that the spring is on its way and there are little green shoots all over the garden. This is of course an awe inspiring sight but also a little worrying. For the first time ever, I have successfully germinated some sweet peas that I planted in the autumn from seed I collected at the end of the growing season.

They are doing brilliantly in my mini greenhouse but I'm not sure that they will enjoy any future cold snaps but I shall dream a little and imagine that they all survive and I grow some more in the spring and have so many sweet peas that I am able to give them away by the jam jar full. Nothing smells more like summer than a sweet pea.

The daffodils are on their way.

The bluebells have started to grow.

There are little clumps of chives popping up all over the herb patch.

And green shoots on the trees....

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