Cranking Up a Gear

img_8792After a couple of weeks of day and night temperatures hovering just above or just below freezing, we had a frost free night last night and saw temperatures climb to the dizzy heights of 8°C during a few welcome hours of sunshine and blue skies. Darker clouds brought a little bit of rain mid afternoon, just when I went out to take these photographs, but the forecast is for the milder weather to continue beyond the end of next week.

And what a difference it has made – from a state of partial paralysis suddenly things seem to be waking up and the garden is cranking up another gear in readiness for the spring season. The quality of light is different too – things look clearer and brighter – and the increased daylight is charging up the solar lighting in the garden and generating electricity from our solar panels. The chickens have noticed too, with the one or two eggs a day throughout the winter becoming a regular two and now today a total of  three fresh eggs!

Suddenly the fragrance of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ (above) can be detected 2 or 3 metres away, no longer requiring one’s nose to be buried deep within the blooms. Even H ‘Zuccariniana’ produced a discernible thought faint perfume when I rambled past it searching for evidence of new growth bursting through. Many bulbs are beginning their seasonal growth, all the hellebores are bursting with new flower buds and the weather was perfect for the last of the rose pruning. What a welcome reminder that spring will be following in due course!

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24 Responses to Cranking Up a Gear

  1. writely2015 says:

    You are ahead of us spring-wise for sure but fun to be inspired by what is just around the corner!

  2. Christina says:

    Hi Cathy, your witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ looks so pretty! As a matter of fact, your whole garden looks like spring has sprung already! I love how all the bulbs are pushing through the soil, so promising. Can’t wait to see them all in bloom.
    Yikes, you are done with rose pruning?! I am not even half way through and here in Southern California, it is much warmer than where you are. I better get on with it. It is the goal of this weekend for me to get as much done as possible.
    Warm regards,

    • Cathy says:

      I can always find something in the garden to excite me, however small 😉 I tend to do the climbers in late autumn and others late winter – and this seemed just the right sort of weather for pruning roses!

  3. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Looks like the new season has just begun in your garden, have a great spring, Cathy!

  4. johnvic8 says:

    I’m starting to see some of the same sign of an awakening garden. Hooray for both of us.

  5. Pauline says:

    I agree Cathy, there are signs of life everywhere, just a few weeks to go and we can say goodbye to winter!

  6. croftgarden says:

    Seems the gardeners are springing into life as well with some renewed vigour and a new season to look forward too.

  7. The days beginning to string out a bit and warmer temps sure gets the gardeners blood pumping too. Here we are back into the frozen times. It won’t be as long as it has been though.

    • Cathy says:

      As long as have learned to take it in our stride, Lisa – and we can always be sure that spring will follow on from winter

  8. Christina says:

    Lots of signs of spring; always heartening even if there may be more cold weather to come. OMG I haven’t really started on the roses yet, and if it isn’t windy this week I’ll prune the wisteria.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes I think this mild week will just be a temporary lapse, but at least there are some garden jobs can be tackled. I have the first of my (mostly bargain) 2017 purchases to plant! Hope you get your wisteria done – and I am sure the roses can wait awhile

  9. Chloris says:

    Your Arnold has beaten mine coming into bloom again, I remember it did last year. You are right there are tantalising shoots everywhere, but I am getting impatient at how slow they are this year.

    • Cathy says:

      There always seems to be something new to discover though, so I think we are lucky that our gardens don’t go into complete shutdown over winter as they often do in colder climes

  10. Anna says:

    Have been enjoying a catch up here Cathy after a few more days away, a birthday and last but not least an unwelcome cold. I ventured out this afternoon for a reccie and indeed there are definite signs of stirrings with both bulbs and perennials 🙂 Thanks for your email. A reply is en route.

    • Cathy says:

      Glad things are stirring in your garden too, Anna. I hope you had a pleasant birthday (shall have to tease the date out of you somehow!) and finally managed your trip to the garden centre. Look forward to your email 🙂

  11. Brian Skeys says:

    I noticed the scent from the Christmas Box for the first time yesterday, which is much later than previous years.

    • Cathy says:

      There was colour showing on mine for quite a long time before I could smell anything too, which as you say was probably rather later than usual

  12. Yes! Here in Raleigh, NC, too!

  13. The next best thing to gazing at my own bulbs coming through (which I can’t do, cos it’s dark) is looking at pictures of other people’s bulbs. My favourite is the snowdrops.

    • Cathy says:

      Some of the natives (snowdrops, that is) are showing white, so not far behind my specials – should be a sea of them soon! But the hellebores are VERY slow this year

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