The primroses are looking their best ever this year.
As well as the new seedlings springing up all over the garden, the more established clumps are putting on a dazzling display.
In the autumn I added three of their gaudier cousins, Polyanthus ‘Gold Lace’, up by the house, which are now beginning to get into the swing of spring too.
While the weekend was mostly wet and gloomy, relegating us to paperwork indoors, we did manage a few hours in the garden where I continued weeding the borders, removing nettles and grass spreading in from the field beside us, and trying not to poke my eyes out on the new growth of our young native hedge. I mostly succeeded.
King of the Hill gave the greenhouse a good soaking and planted out the tomato and cucumber plants that we’ve raised on a windowsill in the house, replacing them with a new sowing. In the kitchen garden, many of the seeds sown last weekend in the cold frame are beginning to germinate, and King of the Hill installed some sprinklers to these frames so that we can easily keep our salad crops well watered.
The last standing cauliflower, Mystique, had suddenly unfurled its leaves to reveal the lovely white head clasped within, and I cut it and took it up to the house before it could become spoiled by the wind and rain. Half this unblemished head made a fine cauliflower cheese for a wintry night, with the rest of the creamy white curds destined for a lighter dish tonight.
With just a couple of winter crops still lingering in the garden now, and new crops underway, the new gardening season is really starting to get going – and not before time!