Probably making for one of the most boring photos ever posted on this blog, I have now got to the bottom of the 2013 compost heap, no doubt turning up compost from several years prior to that in the process. Having already added barrowfuls of this heap to the new shrub border and the extension to the bold borders as they were being created, the majority of the rest has been bagged up for easier distribution around the garden.
Today’s final effort was used today to mulch round most of the roses and clematis, which will hopefully thank me for it. After a week of negative overnight temperatures and chilly days this next week promises an improvement and although only reaching about 6ºC this afternoon it felt more than that and made for a good couple of hours muck shifting and general pottering. Combined with the noticeable longer days it provided more than just a hint that we are nearer spring than a few weeks ago – various bulbs certainly think so too, with allium, tulips, narcissi, crocus and ranunculus pushing their way happily out of the soil (as well as all those snowdrops of course!).