Approaching spring – and wordlessness


I’ve established I can do Wordless Wednesdays if I want to, and I did intend to do one today. But in the end I decided to approach wordlessness instead, as it were. The sun came out, and that was far too exciting for me to shut up. OK, it didn’t hang about, being blown away quite promptly, but it did materialise and I have the evidence:


There are quite a few standard yellow primroses out, but not many of my coloured variants. This is my little friend, which reliably flowers among paving stones for months. I can only presume that there’s something about the shelter provided by the loose slate slabs that makes it possible. There’s just the one, but soon the meadow will be covered in shades of pink, red, apricot, yellows…

At the moment, it’s starting to do white, and I don’t (phew) mean snow.


It’s getting quite dangerous to walk across the meadow. Many of the bulbs are up but aren’t yet particularly tall, so if you are – for instance, can’t think why this leapt to mind, ahem – staggering across the meadow with a load of logs, you’re quite likely to commit dafficide, or at least dafftrampling.

During the winter we’ve managed to wear a muddy track beside the major run of snowdrops, but have happily avoided most of them. Phew.


And they’re popping up all over. In places they’ve not been before, so perhaps I’ve reached some sort of snowdrop tipping point. I do hope so.


(Yes, I have noticed all the forget-me-not seedlings and I’m leaving them where they are. I may move a few. Possibly…) Even the doubles are spreading, though they’re the slowest and are still only in tight little buds on inch-high stems.

And other things are beginning to stick their heads over the winter parapet, too. I noticed, for example, the beginnings of the fennel fronds:


Not quite enough for me to contemplate using them in the kitchen, but that moment won’t be far off. There’s one enormous disadvantage to all this growth though.

It doesn’t just apply to the plants you want. Hm.


18 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    🙂 If I had taken a walk round the garden before I posted my Wordless Wednesday I too would not have been able to keep quiet , as it was a real voyage of discovery just like yours was. Still, at least I have contenders for tomorrow’s post. Such an exciting time in the garden, so thanks for sharing yours – and I do like the idea of those pink primroses popping up amongst the paving.

    1. kate says:

      It’s such a surprise, the first time you notice everything beginning to go ‘ping!’… but isn’t it wonderful? WooHoooooo and up yours, winter…

  2. Yes, I’ve noticed the weeds growing extremely well too… Wonderful to see so many bulbs popping up, assuming they survive trips to the log store long enough to flower 😉 I’m looking forward to natuaralising some bulbs come autumn, once I’ve worked out where the edges are, so to speak. But oh, my life, was it windy today, we are now missing a fence panel, and returning from the hairdressers made all their work disperse, almost instantly. My fault, I just don’t “do” hair spray etc…

    1. kate says:

      Oh aren’t they? I’m out with Roger Phillip’s Weeds regularly, trying to distinguish what needs ripping up from what’s intentional. Hopeless.

      Wind bad down here, but I think we’ve escaped lightly judging by tales of destruction from friends in the north of Scotand – flying trampolines, corrogated iron sheets, Viking axes (that last one a little specialist, but it was Up Helly Aa in Shetland last night, Viking fire festival, and a little on the inclement side).

  3. Wasn’t it wonderful to see some sunshine, shame the wind chased it away after such a short time, but it did lift the spirits. Your snowdrops are certainly clumping up, what a treat.

    1. kate says:

      I nearly danced round the garden, singing ‘hello trees, hello birds, hello flowers’ but happily managed to restrain myself. Then it went in.

  4. Dobby says:

    I don’t think the weeds have stopped growing yet! I leave all my forget me nots in for now as I have no bulbs to cheer me up at this time of year. Most will come out later when the other stuff starts to grow. I will do the sun dance again tomorrow!!

    1. kate says:

      Ah, it was you – yes, please, sun dance for Thursday pm. Can you do Friday too?

  5. Christina says:

    It does really give you a lift when the sun shines. This morning there is frost on all the fields but very little in the garden, I wonder why and the sun is shining, I’m off to sow some seeds, yeah! Christina

    1. kate says:

      I was about to say ‘seed sowing already!’ when I realised I’d just sown my first – broad beans…

  6. wellywoman says:

    It was a delight to see the sun. Could have done without the wind last night and having to scrabble around in the dark for some ear plugs, though. I never did get back to sleep. *blinks through heavily laden eyes*. Love the pink of your primrose. Primroses are one of my favourite flowers and really cheer the soul just when we need it the most.

    1. kate says:

      Oh, ME TOO – and we had exciting thunder too. Well, it was either thunder or someone rolling a huge lorry full of rocks down our hill; you’re never quite certain when it’s the thing that wakes you up. Please let’s have a quiet night tonight…

      With you on primroses – and my spring excitement is now supported by it being just after 5 p.m and still light. OOOO!

  7. hillwards says:

    Oh, the weeds are making jungles here, but I shall ignore them as our snowdrops are also starting to come out, and are a little less bitty than last year (their first); a few more years and perhaps we’ll have clumps like yours – I can’t wait for that tipping moment.
    What a bright splash of pink in the midst of the drab colours of winter, lovely.

    1. kate says:

      Sorry to say this, but the majority of my clumps are now 8 years old… hm, maybe 7. But my lot are subject to howling winds; I’m sure they’d have bulked up sooner with a little more shelter. Weeds? Pah, I spit upon them.

      1. hillwards says:

        so another five or six years and I should have fine clumps too. Nobody ever said creating a garden was fast work…

        1. kate says:


          (I suppose it depends on whether you use a JCB or not…. or maybe just cover everything in decking. It’s raining again and I am seriously tempted.)

  8. Pauline says:

    Once the weeds are growing, you know its time to start seed sowing! Such a change in the garden this last week with warmer weather, everything is starting to grow. Sunshine yesterday and more sunshine today, must get something done even though the garden is still so wet!

    1. kate says:

      I’m a bit nervous, though, having just listened to the weather forecast. I’ve heard the ‘s’ word three times now and am wondering if I should invest in a sledge… hopefully, they’re wrong.

      But sun today, I think – maybe I can at least do some ground clearance…

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