Saturday, 21 March 2015

Spring Time

Hello,i hope you are all well?

We have had a lot of chilly cold days enjoying the warmth of the  coal fire...
 But also some lovely sunny days where we have been able to work in the garden hoeing the flower beds and adding a lovely mulch of farmyard manure to give all those herbaceous perennials a good feed after their long sleep through Winter..
All tidy and ready to grow...down by the picket fence a large hydrangea has been moved and the bed prepared for larkspurs and cornflowers in shades of blue,white,pink,mauves,purples and carmine pink...it's so good to be out and about in the garden making plans,moving plants and sowing seeds...
 It is also lovely to have washing blowing on the line under blue,blue skies.....
Our picket fence has had a clean and three fresh coats of paint in a very pale grey white which looks lovely against the green laurel hedge,you can see the before and after below...
 The  lavenders by the picket fence have had a liquid feed and they should green up in the next week or so...can you see Beatrix  coming to see what's going on?...

The crocus have burst into colour and so have the egg plants which is really early! the lupin leaves are really starting to grow....
 Snowdrops have enjoyed the warmth of the sun...
 Here come the daffodils and it won't be long before the rhododendron flower too...Our garden is starting to wake from her deep sleep...
 Out and about on our drives we have noticed Spring is here,hedgerows are turning green with tiny green leaf buds,Beatrix loves to loll out of the window and feel the breeze in her hair...
 The farmers crops are starting to grow...just look at the sky! 
 Daffodils were everywhere on this afternoon's drive,lovely little golden faces all facing the sunshine...
 So lovely and bright and cheery along the hedgerows...
 We passed a flock of guinea fowl chattering away....
 We passed baby Spring lambs too basking in the warmth of the sun...
I saw something from the corner of my eye running on the left hand side of the road,do you see him?
We stopped the car and he was good enough to pose for a picture,a March hare...Spring is here...
We saw a pair boxing in the field but i wasn't quick enough to capture a good picture...if you have never seen them there is a lovely film here from youtube 


 After watching the match it was time to drive home and light the fire... 
We are going to be up early in the morning and moving wheelbarrows full of gravel ready to dig a large bed to be filled with old roses,foxgloves,lavenders and climbing hydrangea....
 Before all that shoveling and digging we are going to have a good nights sleep...awww it looks like little Beatrix has started before us :)

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?
XxX