Just nipped down to the greenhouse, and it’s 29 degrees in there today… woo hoo… spring is on its way!

In addition, the following is happening…

Onions transplanted to give them more space

Onions transplanted to give them more space

Douce Provence peas waiting to go into the garden

Douce Provence peas waiting to go into the garden


Leeks popping through

Leeks popping through

Broad beans are up!

Broad beans are up!


The Hinckley Times

So… after a nudge from one of my blog followers, I got my bottom into gear and picked up the quill, so to speak .

Truth is, I’m a fair weather gardener – nothing much happens in the winter: everything’s slower to grow, and  the stuff that does do well aren’t favourites of my family. Does anyone actually like kale? Point made.

I wrote the first article of the year along the lines of “cooeee – I’m back!” and sent it off in the hope the chaps at The Hinckley Times would be able to find a little slot for me.

Trotting off to the corner shop a couple of Thursdays ago to secure my copy, I was flabbergasted and actually insanely chuffed that I’d not only made it to print… but there I was on the blooming front page! Happy times. I fair old skipped back home with a bit of a silly grin on my face, and it has to be said, I was annoyingly shiny for the entire day.

Hinckley Times fron page

Hinckley Times front page

The simplest of things can make me happy – from the first egg of the season, to some beans popping up…

What’s the last thing that made you ridiculously shiny for a while?

Here’s the rest of the article:

Gardening - spring is just around the corner

Spring is just around the corner


Spring has finally sprung

Pottering around in the garden today, I noticed a couple of things that were worthy of a photo, and signify that spring most definitely has sprung. The sightings of frogs ‘doing their thing’ all around the garden must be coming to an end – we now have frogspawn. The clever things have hidden it in the most sheltered part of the pond, so hopefully it won’t become an easy lunch for the fish.

A live sex show, courtesy of Mr and Mr Frog...

A live sex show, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Frog...

And it’s not just the wildlife that’s springing into action. The Viburnum is flowering…

So is the Berberis:

And the Acer is starting to bud


And last, but not least, the purple sprouting broccolli looks like it will be ready to start picking very soon – I hope we like it, as there appears to be loads of sprouts on their way…

Hurray for spring!