Spring is springing and about to get whipped by the sting in winter’s tail. The forecast today is for snow and it’s decidedly chillier than it has been in the last couple of weeks. The dreaded wind has returned as well – I hadn’t noticed how calm it had been over the month. But of course just as the flowers get a bit delicate the wind comes back like a schoolyard bully to knock them around a bit.
The first crocus blooms are taking a bit of a hit at the moment but hopefully they’ll survive long enough for others to join them and give a bit of protection. The winter bedding plants have died back so much that they’re not helping much in that regard.
Elsewhere the tulips are really coming on. They seem to grow a bit taller everyday although they still look some way away from actually flowering. The aconite and anemone are bit harder to see with their darker smaller foliage but they’re progressing well in most places. The buds are swelling up although they too may have a few days to go yet until the really start flowering.
If the cold snap that is forecast comes to fruition then this will knock things back by a few days but hopefully by late March there will be a satisfying amount of flowers across the window sills. Just in time to start thinking about what to do for summer!
Here’s a couple of bonus pictures of the garden.
The crocus army arise from the muck!
The first winter aconite flower competing with the pansies.
These cyclamen have stayed in this lovely tight style all the way through winter when all others have gone stringy and suffered frost and wind damage accordingly. The only downside is that they haven’t flowered as profusely as others and I wonder if that’s because of the tulip bulbs stealing all the nutrients.