Pleasant Surprises

I am becoming impatient.

Impatient for impending spring sunshine and coinciding flurries of fresh-faced blooms. I want to peel back the dull winter layer in the hope that it might reveal something a little more sun-saturated and pleasant.

We have been treated by snippets of cloudless blue skies this week, a teasing reminder that winter is slowly being pushed aside. The trouble with newfound sunshine is that it has only fueled my desire to book a holiday - a remote island perhaps - complete with palm trees and cocktails. I am soon brought back down to earth when rattling coppers greet me on opening my purse - never mind! A girl can dream!

A fortnight ago I was able to spend a Sunday afternoon in the garden with very little life exposed at the time. It appears as though my flower beds have been injected with some sort of miracle grow serum within this time and I am so excited to see more signs of life and colour in the garden.


Hellebores - YAY! 

A glorious cluster of pink Hellebores. The foliage is looking a little worse for wear unfortunately, appearing as though it has been mauled by an army of slugs - I will need to investigate this further.  GRRR

I am so happy to see these in the garden - a true winter blooming beauty, providing a little ray of sunshine on the dullest of days!



First sign of snowdrops



This little gem was hidden away out of immediate sight, sitting happily next to one of the larger shrubs in the corner of the garden.

It was only when I scoured the border closely that this bright lantern-like bloom caught my gaze and I was thrilled to finally see one in my own garden.

This illuminating flower is truly one of the most sought after blooms at this time of year - when we see one, it is hard to stop that smile from spreading across one's face.

I hope I can spot some more of these on the weekend when I try to eliminate some of those pesky weeds that have reared their ugly heads again.

I wish I had taken more pictures - There are lots of little clusters much like this, scattered around the garden from when I planted an abundance of bulbs (and I mean an abundance- oops)

I went a little mad this year as I really wanted to fill this blank canvas of a flower bed with a multitude of blooms in an array of colour, shapes and sizes.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I should expect to see Allium, Daffodils, Hyacinthus, Tulips, Crocus and Puschkinia.

I will take more pictures over the coming weeks to show you how they have progressed! I am hoping that some of my pots will come to life shortly too!



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What is growing in your garden at the moment? Let me know what you have discovered in your beds and borders. Which spring bulbs are you expecting to see this year?

Have a wonderful weekend! I hear the weather is warming up!


becky@hayloftplants.co.uk

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