Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Signs of Spring

After the slightly harder winter than we have been experiencing, the heavy snow came as a slight shock for some. Spring flowers have been delayed and daffodils are only just coming into bloom. Having repaired my fruit cage which suffered a bit during the inclement weather I looked around for signs of spring.
So here is one sure sign that spring is around, site secretary Robin Cooper has rotovated his potato plot and is planting his potatoes. Shortly after that, the stresses and strains of planting were being releived with an afternoon cuppa.

A lot of hard work has obviously been going on just before the break for afternoon tea! From left to right and top to bottom are Robin Copper, Keith Bearpark, Mac Mitchell, Ann Harper, Bill Callaghan and Nora Godfrey. So what about the signs of spring.?
A small grouping from our own plot, daffodils just opening in front of a hellebore, nearby is a white hellebore, note the cunning use of a thin branch from a bush to lift the flower head to view the flower face. The large euphorbia is also in flower, not sure what the variety is but it forms a large bush.
The garlic (foreground) was planted mid October last year and is coming on strongly, The spinach took a bit of a hammering during the winter but all the dead and frost damaged leaves have been removed and added to the compost heap, there are a few leeks which will get eaten over the next few weekends, freeing up a patch for planting. The winter onions just in front of the fruit cage were also planted in October but do not seem to be as strong as the garlic. Next to the fruit cage is a tub of tulips providing a small splash of colour.
So, yes, spring is sprung and the grass is riz! 
So get to your plots and do the biz!

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