2020: a unique opportunity to watch colour and beauty emerge on each and every day of this year’s spring – and we hope to be here to see, enjoy and record it all. Oh – and by the way – this is astronomical, not meteorological spring. Of course!
Saturday 21 March – brilliant warm sunshine coincides with the schools’ closure
The Snakeshead Fritillaries certainly aren’t socially distancing
Although this Lenten Rose might just be self-isolating as the Wisteria slowly unfurls
Mothering Sunday 22 March – the bright sunny weather continues
The all too-brief Scillas are the most beautiful blue ever to be found in the garden; the aptly named Brazen Hussey promiscuously cosies up to the modest Primrose
Monday 23 March : Home-schooling begins, softened by exquisite weather
‘teenager’ swans (as Ernest called them) – last year’s cygnets – sail by on the river at the bottom of the garden. The early Anemones peek through; the Hellebores shine
Tuesday 24 March – the sun shines, children and parents work and play at home
The newly painted obelisk dazzled by the Ribes flowers and an early, showy Clematis
Wednesday 25 March : Lady Day
while the Ceanothus Dark Star ( a bright blue) starts off pink….
and the sun catches the box playground and the ornamental pear blossom
Thursday 26 March :
Ceanothus – Dark Star ? … well, we’ll see….
Friday 27 March :
clockwise from top left: Sedum Jose Aubergine; Morello Cherry leaf buds; Lily of the Valley, and Wisteria flowers just emerging
Saturday 28 March
And what a difference a week makes (not to mention the early evening sun !)