20th March was officially the start of spring but the week before was wonderful in our part of the world. Every day while walking the dog you could see the progress of the season: great excitement at seeing the first Daffodil in flower, the next day a dozen of them were out and only a day later and they were everywhere
The same excitement as Nature gradually wakes up and buds and flowers of other plants open. In the countryside we have Violets, Cowslips, and Renunculus while in gardens the ornamental Plum trees are flowering alongside Chaenomeles (flowering Quince), Camellia, Forsythia and of course those Daffodils.
At home I have been frantically preparing and planting a border running along the boundary from the kitchen, past the Sequoias, to the end of the garden. We have a good selection of plants which I brought over from the UK, together with a few bought in France or donated by friends. I am keen to plant species which are not normally seen in these parts and if they are new to me as well, that is a bonus.
The hurry is caused by the advancing season; plants will be so much happier in the soil than sitting around in my makeshift nursery in the front garden. I have had to hand dig and create a new bed from a patch of ground which has been neglected for decades so progress has been slow but the results very satisfying.
The kitchen end now has a few herbs: Sage (with an attractive tricolor leaf), Chives found as seedlings in a pot brought from our garden in England, Bay, which is everywhere here, Rosemary bought at the local supermarket and Vervain, another UK seedling . We will need more, but it’s a start.
Beyond that I am planting in my favourite garden colour range: white, blue and pink, assisted by next doors white Lilac (about to flower) and a Philadelphus that was one of the few plants to survive the garden clearance.