Garden Bloggers' Muse Day: We may think...

What wise words these are! It feels like it hasn't stopped raining since September, so two whole afternoons of sunshine this week have provided a much needed pick-me-up.

The ground is far too wet to do much in the way of gardening, though everywhere there are signs nature is quietly getting on with the job of bringing in spring, thank goodness. Actually downing tools for a while and just appreciating what's growing around me has been just as beneficial to my mood as getting down in the soil and preparing the garden for the coming season.

I once didn't care much for Hellebores; I thought them a gloomy, down in the dumps kind of plant, but now I appreciate the hope they bring to the new year. In the right place they flower for weeks and they don't need much looking after. I've guerrilla gardened a few in the woods on the public land next door: they were such tiny thimbles when I planted them in the autumn, and a quick census a couple of days ago shows at least 50% of them have survived. A few are flowering, even though they have just a couple of leaves to their name. I'm looking forward to the time when they're as huge as the one in my Muse Day photo.

Which plants have won you over since you started gardening?


  1. At some point I fell in love with dahlias. If only they didn't take so long to arrive!

    1. Ah yes, dahlias are gorgeous. Each year I have an anxious time until sometime in May to see if the ones I left in the ground have survived the winter. I suspect the rain this time around might be their nemesis.


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