It may still be cold outside but the first signs of spring are evident – if you look hard. Even without venturing outside the postman brings the first reminders that Christmas has been and gone and it's time to think ahead to warmer longer days. The seed catalogues arrive in abundance!
Early daffodils and primulas, followed by tulips, bring a real sense of arrival – the light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, wellies can be exchanged for gardening shoes, thick waterproof gardening gloves for a cotton variety, and eventually – before you know it – spring has sprung!
At the moment... this is all wishful thinking!! Outside today, is pretty awful! It started well, with bright sunshine and temperatures in double figures, but by lunch time.... rain,drizzle, rain. Tomorrow however, promises to be a better day, which is great because the Saturday Pumpkin Patch class love to visit all the farm animals, the vegetable garden and the greenhouse, just to spot the signs of spring. Last week, we prepared the seed potatoes and this week we'll check the wormery and compost bin and tidy up the greenhouse.
My favourite spring flowers...
but how do you stop them from falling over??