Monday 23 March 2015


It's officially spring - someone tell the weatherman!
Yes, daffodils and blossom can be seen through the mist
but the 'St Patrick's Day' daffodils are usually in flower on their name day. Not this year, they are still in tight bud.
The best place to be gardening is in the greenhouse away from the cold wind. 
I've put some of the over-wintering pots outside and hope that I won't be caught out  by any overnight frost. The greenhouse warms up quickly with just the shortest glimpse of midday sun.
I've repotted about one hundred auriculas in an effort to rid them of vine weevils.
 The first and second early potatoes are chitting,
last week's swap seeds are ready for planting,
buds are swelling
and opening
and Maisie's grave is surrounded by primroses.
We hadn't been into the woods for quite a while because major clearing work had churned up the paths and made it difficult to walk. But the weather has been dry for days so we wrapped up well and went to see what was happening.
The landscape is totally changed, with large areas cleared of undergrowth and dead and damaged wood and whole vistas opened. It is very disorientating.

The brash was being burnt and blue woodsmoke hung in the valley bottom.
Two completely new roads have been established, funded, we learnt from the woodman, mostly by the Forestry Commission. I found it difficult to get my bearings in this altered landscape.
But I'm pleased that the work is being done as I know that nature will very quickly soften and reclaim the land. Young trees have been planted and there will be good clean walking underfoot in future whatever the weather. It's far better to see woodland managed than to have it fall into neglect. Ivy has been cut to avoid trees becoming top heavy and breaking in the wind.
Bluebell leaves are pushing up through the woodland floor.
There were signs of spring all about us as we came home by the lake; 
 ducks in pairs
and pollen on the catkins. 


  1. A similar thing has happen to Nercwys Forest, one of my favoured walks and it seems to have lost some of its atmosphere of being of being a slightly spooky fairy tale forest, though I'm sure that will return in time.

    1. I'm sorry to lose the single track paths that I knew well and that were rather fairy tale. The landscape looks scarred and bare just now but nature will quickly reclaim it - bluebell shoots are pushing up through the repositioned soil! The old paths tangled with brambles in the summer and were muddy in winter, we'll be able to walk comfortably in all weathers on the new roads.

  2. We on the other hand have had a very unusual early spring, daffodils are about finished and the tulips are in full swing.

    1. That's what I like about blogging, Doc, finding out what's going on in other countries. No sign of tulips here but we did have some sunshine and were out in the garden clearing away winter debris and lighting a sizeable bonfire - joy!

  3. All the blooms look lovely. Things are beginning to sprout here as well. I think I will give it one more week before covering the new growth. Though it beautiful today, I've heard we have more rain coming in and possibly one more freeze. Happy Spring!

    1. Hello Bonnie, what a special family time you've been having. Now spring is on it's way to keep you cheerful.

  4. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful greenhouse.
    Your forest will be so health now and green. Ivy is a pain.
    So many of my blog friends in the UK are planting potatoes. I have to look that up ! We don't do that here in the desert.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Yes, my greenhouses are a joy especially in spring and autumn when it's not too special out of doors. Both spaces are crammed with plants all year round, overwintering pots in the cold months, seed trays in spring and tomatoes and peppers etc in the summer - a paradise for pottering!
      With the surname 'Murphy' it's no surprise that we grow spuds!

  5. Your garden is the most amazing sight!!! I so enjoy your space friend and your greenhouse is a dream! I do so hope that the altered landscape around you softens as you said and gets back to normal. Keep us posted and happy gardening! Nicole xo

    1. The garden is in need of attention after a winter of neglect. My right arm was put in plaster last autumn and until this week nothing had been done in the garden. But today the sun shone and we both set to work, cutting back, clearing, digging and a with a crackling, leaping bonfire at the end of the day everything feels promising. Oh, the ridiculous optimism that is rampant amongst gardeners!

  6. I hate seeing trees cut down but sometimes it's a necessity. Your spring garden is beautiful I love your greenhouse!