It’s been snowing since last night, and the temperatures are once again hovering around freezing point. The forecast is no better. Any signs of spring have been covered in snow again!
Here’s the very same tulip on March 21st LAST year!
Words from Chapter One of “The Little Grey Men” by B.B., a wonderful old children’s book set in the heart of the English countryside…
“It was one of those days at the tail end of the winter when spring, in some subtle way, announced its presence.”
“The hedges were still purple and bristly, the fields bleached and bitten, full of quarrelling starling flocks; but there was no doubt about it, the winter was virtually over and done with for another seven months.”
“The great tide was on the turn, to creep so slowly at first and then to rise ever higher to culminate in the glorious flood, the top of the tide, at midsummer.”
“Think of it! All that power, all those millions of leaves, those extra inches to be added to bushes, trees, and flowers. It was all there under the earth, though you would never have guessed it.”
After a week of being spoilt by unseasonal sunshine and warmth (18°C on one afternoon!), the weather has turned a lot cooler and damper… perfect for the garden but perhaps not so perfect for the gardener!
At the weekend some of the first flowers appeared, including a few crocus, and this…
Hepatica nobilis rosea
What is your favourite spring flower, and is it blooming yet?
Meteorogically speaking, spring begins today. Our weather reports have thus been summing up, and it’s official: this winter has been the dullest, greyest, gloomiest and cloudiest on record in Germany, with the least sunshine in 62 years! I am therefore extremely happy to see our weather forecast for the next few days is for up to 10 hours of sunshine…
The snow is melting slowly, but to remind me/you of what awaits in the very near future, here’s a photo from last March.
Hope it’s a sunny month for you all!