Spring is well and truly on us and it is a joy to look around the garden and see all the new growth popping up around us, Gone are the Snowdrops and Crocus leaving us with Daffodils and the start of the Tulips. The greenhouse is full of seed trays balancing precariously on every surface space possible. At least this year there should be a small gap between potting on, although nature is always conspiring against us to make things that little bit harder. A few more weeks and even the Daffodils will be just green foliage waiting to be cleared for the vast amount of summer bedding. Do not be to eager to run to the garden center to buy your bedding and plants them, be mindful we could still have a few ground frosts and quickly your bedding will be decimated by the cold. Of course buy now and keep under cover for a few more weeks to be sure. Thanks that the long cold and dark nights are falling behind and we have the long lazy summer days to look forward to and those hours of hard labour to bring the garden into full bloom and fruition....
Walking around the garden today I was struck by the pure beauty that nature provides us, such complexity in everything around us, from the simple Daisy in the lawn to the beautiful Parrot Tulips, the bees flying around pollinating everything for us, the birds visiting the garden. We are lucky to have these things around us but sometimes I feel that we just don't appreciate what we have around us. People say to me, wow you have a lovely garden and how do you do it? Well simple hard work and dedication goes a long way. Although this doesn't have to be the case, we can all have a wonderful garden that is easy for each of us to manage and maintain. For me it is masses of borders, containers and as many plants as i can cram in, to the simple patio with a few pots on, we can all have our own garden paradise to enjoy. You don't need to be out in the rain like me cutting and planting trying to fit it around work. Take it easy if you like and do what you can, but remember you have to enjoy it.
The garden is my way of relaxing and forgetting things that are going on around, my sanctuary you may say, but I am very happy to share it with all who wish to see it.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.