At long last Spring seems to have come to the south of England. It is still cold in the Garden, and the blossom and leaves are only very reluctantly waking up. But it is good to get outside and enjoy what we do have.
What a combination! Purple Saxifrage and Grape Hyacinth together.
Lots of jobs to do as well, of course, and not every bit of the garden can always look good all of the time. I got up on the ladder, therefore, and gave the Honeysuckle over the Gazebo a long-overdue haircut. Elected to go for the suave, swept-back-look this year.
The swept-back look is so super-cool!
Some shade-loving Cyclamen under the yew tree ...
Cyclamen just take care of themselves.
Not forgetting the pond plants - bright yellow buttercups in the water:
Our newts live here.
And finally some lovely sky-blue Forget-me-Nots ...
Gardening is a wonderful form of recreation. No matter how humble the garden, even if it's only a solitary window-box, the tending of takes us away from any cares we might have (or think we have). I found this quote from Thoreau the other day which sums it up pretty well, I reckon:
'Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder...'