After 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!