Spring is almost here

The hard frosts have hit this January and storm Doris has done its deeds in February … but the purple sprouting broccoli stands proud and has surprised us with its flower this week in the first few bouts of sunshine! These were planted in late September and they grew in height in autumn, putting on several large leaves which were covered in frost over winter.

Purple sprouting broccoli is flowering!
Purple Sprouting Broccoli planted in late September in the centre with purple and green kale on either side.

We planted daffodil and tulip bulbs for the first time in late October last year in a couple of clay pots and their beautiful green leaves have shot right through the soil. What a lovely sight and this is even before they bloom!

Daffodil and Tulip bulbs in clay pots

Mint is one of my favourite herbs and this week, the littlest of leaves are peeking through the otherwise cold and dormant soil. An easy herb to grow as it is so undemanding although you must contain it in a pot or it will take over your whole garden!

Mint coming alive again!

Chives are also popping through and tend to be another good herb to plant in your garden as they need very little care other than using them in your meals! They tend to subside in late autumn and reappear in very early spring. Chives are easy to divide in spring – they look like spring onions – especially as you don’t want them to be overcrowded in one spot. My friend Linda gave me a pot of chives a few years ago and I have not only spread them out in my own garden but given so many away to family and friends!

Chives in my garden

With all these wonderful greenery happening, dare I say spring is almost here?

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