Well, spring is finally with us and after a long wet winter, it is a welcome time of new beginnings.
Leaves are unfurling, birds are busy nesting, warm spring sunshine brightens our days and we can look forward to the start of summer and time in our beautiful gardens.
Although temperatures are rising, expect the inevitable spring showers and night frosts.
There should be lots of colour in the garden right now. Spring bulbs are well into flower and the later tulips just starting to colour. Blossom trees are in full bloom, and hedgerows are greening up. In the garden, rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias and magnolias are starting to open and early herbaceous plants, such as dicentras, sunny doranicums and pulmonarias, are looking fantastic. Even the delicate early clematis alpina and macrapetala varieties are flushed with bud.
Spring is probably the best times of year for the gardener. with the whole of the summer growing season to look forward to.