Happy St David’s Day!
The first day of our meteorological Spring has burst upon us with warm sunshine, and explosions of colour.
We finally managed to find a few hours – and some energy – to work in the garden this afternoon, accompanied by our two furry friends; Faith was particularly intent upon wrestling with a clump of Stipa foliage. Good job these grasses are robust!
Xander was more interested in chasing the fat bees buzzing about the spring flowers; from these pulmonaria, to the open crocus flowers.
How do you persuade a cat that trying to catch a bee is not a wise game?
The stars of the garden, though, were undeniably the large white chalices of Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’, each flower fully opened in the sunshine to reveal a stunning bright orange pistil.
Aren’t they magnificent? The flowers positively glow in the sun; I am captivated by the purity of their white flowers in combination with their purple striped throats and the vivid orange stigma revealed within.
Despite such dazzling distractions, I managed to make headway in tidying the field border, with a few hours more work still to complete, while King of the Hill was happily basking in the warmth of the greenhouse as he prepared it for the growing season ahead. Sadly, tomorrow’s forecast is looking dismal and wet, so the borders will have to wait again, but we may manage an hour or two sheltering in the greenhouse to sow our first seeds of the year.