When we see the snowdrops and then the crocuses in bloom, then we know we've got to get going and growing.It's as if they are the encouragers of gardeners.
So we step out into the back field at the Potters House and start the gentle act of sorting out the packets and bags of seeds and corms.Thus begins another growing year.
Already some over-wintered goodies are emerging. The early buds of rhubarb are colouring the soil and giving us every reason to believe that in the not too distant future, rhubarb crumble will be on the menu for the family gatherings.
Broad beans and tomato seedlings have already been started off in the warmth of the studio, and the broad beans have been moved out to one of the greenhouses. The shoots are shooting up!
Every winter one of the rustic arches decays and collapses in the winds. So one of Alan's first jobs is making a new one from long straight branches found on the hazel, hawthorn or willows growing in the back field.
If you are any thing like me you will have bought bulbs last autumn that are languishing in a box or basket in the greenhouse. Why do we do that ? Poor things. I often shove them in in early spring a hope that they will give a show even if it's a bit late! I want to grow sunflowers, sweet pea, morning glory and most of all cosmos this summer. I have the seeds, I just need to make sure that I actually plant them.