Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day: Rethinking the plot
Writing a post for Blooms Day after an absence of several months is a sure sign that things are beginning to get back to normal, at last.
However, I decided to start this post with a photo from outside VP Gardens. It's hard to resist the first sunny bloom-filled scene of the year from yesterday's walk with friends, especially when we found a host of golden daffodils in nearby Allington, with more yellow springtime goodness* sprinkled beneath a willow tree just beginning to sprout its cloak of green.
Like most of you reading this, spring has come late here this year. The farmers are saying they're a month behind with their work because it's been so cold and wet. I must be one of the few people taking comfort from that because of my enforced 'holiday' from gardening. It was good to get out in the sunshine at last - not just for yesterday's walk - but also to see and smell my favourite 'Thalia' daffodils in bloom.
To be honest I've spent the past few weeks in a state of conflict. I'm months behind in both the garden and allotment, with no hope of catching up under my own steam. The gift of a wonderful handwritten letter from Susan a few days ago finally helped me think through my problem. Like her I still need to rest and take my return to gardening slowly. Like her I need help. Like her I'm going to swallow my pride as a gardener and get someone in.
I confessed my thoughts to NAH on the way up to Birmingham on Thursday. It was so loud, you must have heard his audible sigh of relief!
All that remains for today is to finish rethinking my plot into 'my tasks' and 'the gardener's tasks' and also work out how to keep my flowering tomato plant** alive on our bedroom windowsill until I can plant it outside in late May. This is 'Sugar Plum Raisin' which I'm trialling courtesy of Dobies and the Garden Press Event.
* = though I know many of you regard the lesser celandine in far worse terms than that.
** = it started to bloom on April 1st. No kidding. It's the earliest I've ever had a tomato in flower.
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.