Topsy Turvy.

The Blackthorn,Prunus spinosa, is out.

It seems strange for all the buds to be breaking, leaves unfurling and Magnolias and Cherries to be blossoming and it barely registers on my radar. I can see nature springing forth as I walk the dog, on my allowed daily exercise, but in the uncertain and unnerving times we are currently facing, I am finding it hard to find the usual joy at nature’s spectacles.

The world seems topsy turvy, as for many people, due to too many complications involved in visiting multiple gardens in one day such as, gate latches, shed keys and cups of coffee it was easier to say I would not be available for work at present. Many of my clients are now finding themselves at home indefinitely, with not a lot to do and are relishing the thought of being able to potter in their own gardens. I am having to content myself with witnessing my usual joy’s at this time of year vicariously.

A splash of colour.

I will have to relish the positive that a whole new crowd of people are going to discover the joy’s of gardening. It is tinged with sadness though,this new pique of interest, as it seems to be borne mainly out of a panic over the availability of food going forward. My last morning at work the day after they locked us down was spent delivering veg seeds to some clients who wanted to grow their own. Just to be sure.

I have to admit, the veg seeds I have sown so far,which would usually have been seen as an added bonus, garden bounty which was seen more as an added extra are now being cherished as potentially life saving. A necessity to be guarded with your life. Anything to avoid a trip to the shops.

What a strange place the world has become. We have learnt many new words over the last 12 months, proroguing and furloughed to name just a couple. I am also going to embrace new technology and answer garden questions via video calls. Gardening with clean nails. I could get used to that!!!

Answers to the vase brain teaser are below the picture so look at the picture first and see how many you can recognise before reading any further.

1. Ficara verna (lesser celandine) 2. Ribes sang. ‘Brocklebankii’ (flowering currant) 3. Aubretia deltoidea 4.Lunaria annua (honesty) 5. Myositis sylvatica (forget me not) 6. Scilla Siberia 7. Pulmonaria officinalis (lungwort) 8. Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ 9. Omphalodes cappadocia 10. Lamium purperum (dead nettle) 11. Muscari armeniacum (grape hyacinth)

These tulips are looking promising. I have no recollection of what colour they are. It will be a nice surprise, hopefully, unless they turn out to be yellow!

Ah well, on that note I will leave you to it. Feel free to message any gardening questions to me and enjoy having more time to spend on your plot. Happy days in the garden x

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