Isn't it funny who you remember just by saying a phrase! Just by the title of my blog today, I have suddenly remembered my Grampy. He used to have a saying " the spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is".
On that note the seagulls this morning were kicking up a heck of a row, their cries almost sounded like a tiny child crying. The house two doors up from us always has seagulls building nests on its chimney, and when they have young hatched they are quite nasty when you have to go out into the front garden. I dread the spring each year because of them. They have even attacked the children when they have been playing outside when they were younger.
Yesterday was not a very bright day until after lunch, but what brightened my day was when I went into the garden,and saw a lonely purple wood anemone.It looked so beautiful. Only about three weeks ago we had snow, but already the flowers are really starting to spring into early bloom.
What I cannot understand is that the primroses have come out before the violets this year, normally it is the other way around. I have had some beautiful Mary & Joseph (Pulmonaria officinalis) this year their colours have been more vibrant than other years.
I am rather upset that the snails and slugs have already started to attack the plants, in particular the hyacinths and the miniature daffodils. I really hate having to use pesticides in my garden, but I am going to have to do something about the pests this year.
With the job that my husband does, he gets a lot of offcuts of copper wire, so I am going to lay rings of the wire around each plant that is susceptible to snails and slugs. I have been told that they hate crawling across copper. I looked in the garden centre last weekend for the metal strips that readily available, but they are no good for laying in the garden as they are self adhesive copper leaf on paper. £4.95 for 4 metres and only any good for pots. Rip off.
Mary& Joseph (Pulmonaria officinalis)
I have put together a collage of all the spring flowers I have out in the garden at the moment.
Top Left: Hellebore (Red) or Lenten Rose,Little Purple Anemone,Miniature Daffodils.
Top Right: Forsythia
Centre: Green Hellebore/Lenten Rose, Camellia
Bottom Left: Bergenia,
Bottom Right: the first Buds of a scarlet Japonica