It’s spring.

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It’s been an absolutely wonderful day. The weather has been lovely, the sun has shone and there’s been hardly a gust of wind.

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As you can see from the clock the temperature was 37 on the summerhouse wall.

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Humidity was the lowest we have seen since putting up the clock at Christmas. The summerhouse faces SE and the clock wall faces the house so is protected from wind but still it has genuinely felt warm throughout the garden today.

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The chaenomeles has broken it’s support but still flowers as it lays across the patio. It’s tomorrow’s job to put it up again!

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Everything is starting to look lovely.

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The hyacinths were here when we moved in and 15 years later still flower. This is the best display for a few years but what great value bulbs can be. Wafts of scent lift the garden as we sat drinking coffee by them.

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The flowering currant is one of a number that my bee buddy gave me from cuttings he had rooted. This one is doomed as it is in the way of the new polytunnel but it gets one more flowering season.

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The plum is an old fashioned one it is on its last legs and will come out this year. Like many plants that are dying it has sent up a sucker a few feet away and this will be left to replace it. I’m guessing the original is older than the average granny but obviously don’t know that for sure!

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When we moved in the lawn was bitty and bare but with over sowing became green and tidy. I replanted a single clump of daisies from my sister’s lawn and now they are everywhere. I absolutely love them even ones like this that grow in the flower beds.

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Violets, daffodils and chickens.

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Always chickens. Pecking the flowers, pecking for worms, pecking our feet and pecking each other

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They are great company and great fun but also very destructive. I love having them but love the fact that the fence contains them.

The seeds I planted last week are through and ready for moving.

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Broccoli and cauliflower. Lettuce, dill and coriander to name a few.

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Nasturtium are looking particularly healthy with a good root system.

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This was my daughter’s play shelf in the summerhouse but now that horse are more interesting than making dens I’ve taken it over myself.

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Sweet corn, courgette and aubergine along with the poor asparagus I’ve mentioned before.

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This lovely primrose is actually a weed.

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The pot should only contain a hosta. One of my favourite garden pot plants. I have quite a few, all stored undercover but unheated through the winter.

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This poor quality picture shows the nasty little grubs I found in the compost when I tipped it out to separate them. Vine weevil grubs are the curse of many a good pot plant.  Another job to repot them all created. I try not to use chemicals so hopefully that will be enough to sort it.

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The chickens loved the old compost though and soon cleared that up.

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Another good day in the garden. Life is hard!!

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