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in The potting shed
I am going to be typically British here and talk about the weather, but in a good way!
I, like most of us, enjoy the seasons that our island’s position throws our way. When it is nearing the end of summer, I look forward to the fallen brown leaves and pub lunches next to the first wood fires of autumn. After spring, it’s all excitement as to whether the BBQ’s will get an airing in between the heavy downpours of summer (I managed it once last year). But my favourite time (you’ve probably guessed this by the tile!) is spring.
Each year, the first few days of spring feels like an absolutely new concept to me, I’m so used to the long dark winter that I start to forget that there is something fabulous, waiting around the corner.
For me, the start of spring is when the clocks go forward and the inconvenience of losing an hour in bed is more than offset by the arrival of this new season. In the space of one day, we are transported from winter to spring with the nights becoming lighter and the trees starting to parade their new plumes of leaves. The feeling of leaving the office in the daylight is one of liberation from the dark grasp of winter and the commute home becomes less of a mad race to your front door and more of a leisurely cruise with other road users franticly flashing at me due to the fact that I have my lights on unnecessarily (Force of habit, it has been a long winter you know).
Along with the lighter nights, comes the warmer weather and with both of these working harmoniously together, we get long grass. Spring also signifies the start of the mowing season; it is where we fight our way through boxes of old glass bottles and newspapers which we should have taken to the tip weeks ago to finally reach the lawn mower which rests silently under a fine layer of dried grass, ready once again to return to its weekly duties. The smell of cut grass is one of life’s true joys (Hay fever sufferers, you may disagree!) and when the mowing is over we can actually start to enjoy our gardens once more. This is what we garden for, this is why we sweep leaves in autumn and brave the cold in the winter, because we want our gardens to be in the best possible condition for when we can actually enjoy them.
So let’s raise a glass to spring time, the season when people are happiest and our gardens start to pay us back, but don’t forget to reserve a little bit of excitement, as summer will be just around the corner. Brollies at the ready everyone!
Happy Spring Time
It's just beginning to get up to speed now, wonderful
Such beautiful writing! Thank you for reminding me what it is all for, I tend to get a bit tunnel visiony ...'I must do this, I must do that...' and forget that a garden is there to be enjoyed.
Too true, George. and as you get older you scrap the grass thing and go in for more flowers and veg to tickle your taste buds , This spring is amazing me with the speed at which the plants are catching up. My camera is going non stop as I want to enjoy the sights even when I am too old and frail to get out to see them. Here is a picture from my garden at the weekend. Happy springtime to you too.
lovely george... i agree.. i love spring time the most in the gardening calendar.. as you say lighter mornings and evening to potter out in the garden.. and the sense of new life as we plant our summer bedding plants.. and pot up our cuttings from the winter as they start to grow.. the smell of cut grass to me signifies the start of spring.. it is the time when everyone is happy so true.. the first days of warm sunshine and the sound of birds singing.. and the spring flowering plants bringing such bright and colourful colour into our lives after the dark, damp, cold winter.
i suffer hayfever but it doesnt stop me being in the garden.. i just plant more plants that are bee pollinated nad not wind
this last week has been glorious weather and today it was very warm by 8.30am.. so be off in while to do some more.. sod the housework.. now is the time to be out in the fresh air and the calm and tranquility of the garden
enjoy yourselves everyone.
Fab what an uplifting thread!!!
(Also reminds me i need to take a trip to the tip!!!!)