The garden is waking up from its wintertime dormancy. The earth is defrosting, softening, warming up.
The bulbs planted in Autumn are popping up: daffodils blooming, tulips showing and growing their furled leaves, hyacinth well up – a shock of purple in the herb pots.
The Yoshino cherry trees (prunus X yeodoensis) and fruit trees (plum, plumcot, apples) pruned a few weeks ago are showing wee green buds.
The cercis canadensis Texas Whites still look like a pair of sad sticks. But some of the viburnum snowballs are showing their crinkly dark leaves.
The hydrangea are kicking off too, first the Grandads, followed by the Bloody Marvellous. The Limelights are yet to wake, their South facing ground not yet defrosted.
The biggest element in the garden, the lawn- has been fed and lightly de-thatched. I just can’t wait for it to Spring green!