How did the garden get away from me so much already?  It might look nice in these photos but lurking in the borders is an army of Hairy Bittercress, Creepy Buttercups and Nettles. I’m normally well on top of things in the garden, and often twiddling my thumbs waiting for the weather to warm up so I can get sowing. However, with my shoulder and neck problems I have lost so much gardening time this year and since I have started to feel better the weather has been against me or I was focussing on sorting out the front garden – which I am rather chuffed with by the way. It feels like the spring blossoms have exploded overnight and the air is full of the slow lumbering hum of honey bees.

I keep saying it but I remain amazed by the amount of light pouring into the garden now that my new neighbours have cleared the boundary line and chopped down a whole load of trees.  I was worried about my shady bulbs and whether they would survive with the lack of shade but they seem to be doing well.  Presumably its no different to them growing under deciduous trees in woods and flowering before the trees leaf up.

The back part of the garden is the area where I really need to focus my attentions over the coming weeks.  I have some Amnethela lessionia to add to this border to mirror those planted on the other side of the path. I am trying to bring some cohesion and an identity to the border and I think it is going to focus around the orangey red tones of the grasses.

These photos were taken this afternoon as the sun started to go down behind the hills at the back of the garden. The end of a perfect spring day.

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