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Monday, 9 March 2015

A Purple Patch


Saturday was the first day that really felt like spring as there was a glorious light and a real warmth outside. I managed to spend a comfortable time tending to my garden's needs rather than retreating indoors after an hour to thaw myself with mug of hot chocolate*.

March tends to be a month noted for the colour yellow, but it was the fat patches of purple crocus which made me reach for my camera. They're not so profuse as in previous years; probably a combination of thieving squirrels and constriction by the encroaching ivy from the public land.

The ivy's taken over quite a bit of the garden whilst I wasn't looking, along with some wicked looking bramble which hopped over the fence and sneakily anchored itself behind a large shrub before popping into view.

I've been struggling to think of my summary word for 2015. I've got it now - it's Reclamation.

* though my mug of hot chocolate was welcome anyway ;)

16 comments:

  1. We have purple colours too - interesting purple us the complementary colour to yellow. Directly opposite in the colour wheel.

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  2. Yes, that's why it really pops out in the garden and I love how bright sunshine makes the crocus open its throat wide as if in welcome, though of course it's really telling the pollinators to come and get it.

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  3. I love the crocuses as well, I'm not such a big fan of yellow flowers. There's ivy and brambles shuffling their way into my garden as well. They think I don't see them, but I do. Their days are numbered.

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    1. They're numbered here too CJ, though I have a sneaking suspicion they'll rearm and hop over the fence again ;)

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  4. Love your purple patch, crocus always seem to say springtime to me. We also have so much ivy trying to cover the borders, it is never ending pulling it out, I hope you win your battle.

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    1. Yes, lots of pulling out here too Pauline. However, I do like to keep some ivy on the fence as it's a good food source for bees in late autumn. I must be more vigilant and ensure it doesn't take advantage of that though!

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  5. Lovely picture. I've had mostly white and yellow crocuses this year. Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks Flighty - my yellow ones are out the front providing a contrast with the snowdrops :)

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  6. I adore crocus. The purple looks fab!

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    1. Thanks Kelli and thanks for Following Veg Plotting :)

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  7. Oh I look forward to purple crocus in spring...voles have taken most of mine....what a sight and I like your word for 2015.

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    1. Thanks Donna - and now I need to reclaim the allotment ready for this year's veg ;)

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  8. "Reclamation" - I like it and may well adopt it VP :)

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  9. "Reclamation" - I like it and may well adopt it VP :)

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