I've always reckoned that my big Forsythia bush was the herald announcing spring in my garden and for several years, around this time, I've looked forwards to it's sudden outburst of deep yellow flowers. The Forsythia is one of a number of large shrubs that enclose my parking area. I have an area to the east side of the house that is big enough to get about three cars off the road and it is this area that is bounded by by some six or seven very well established shrubs.
As it's where I park my car, I get to enjoy it's blossom whenever I go out. As you can see from the photo, taken today, it won't be long now before those flowers are once again adorning the area
This year a little upstart of a thing has decided to vie for the position. Indeed, not only has this delicate little plant decided to go for it, it has won.... Today there is a small cluster of these beautiful primroses already in flower in the garden.
I'm sad for my good old trusty Forsythia bush, getting knocked off it's "first to bloom" pedestal, but I'm just absolutely delighted that the signs of spring are now all around in the garden and things are once again waking up.
You may recall that last year, I suffered a twelve week drought, going well into October. By the time some rain returned it was too late for a few of my shrubs and things to really recover. Couple that with a pretty harsh winter and I'm looking at quite a few things that have simply not made it through. I'm particularly sad about a very pretty rose, given to me many years ago by an artist friend who, subsequently, died of cancer. The rose sat by the door and I was reminded of her throughout the summer by the delicate pink and yellow blooms.
Now the weather is turning warmer I have realised how much preparation work I have let slide. I need to spend a lot of time in the garden getting the beds ready. Those seedlings, and more still to come, will very soon be looking for a place of their own.
Last week, I started to sow new seeds in earnest and now have several trays of tiny seedlings clamouring for attention as they cling on to life trying to do no more than grow strong and healthy.
Over the past ten days or so, I have sown various tomatoes, basil, cauliflower, marigolds, malva, coriander and lettuce amongst others