I don’t think I can entirely blame the clocks going forward an hour this weekend for my weariness this morning. It might have had something to do with watching the final hour of the film ‘Everest’ last night. Have you seen it? Don’t watch it before going to bed. My heart was still racing and I ended up reading Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘Love Over Scotland Street’, (a very easy, reassuring read) well into the small hours to calm myself down.
Anyway, here we are – Monday 26 March – and finally it really does feel spring-like outside. (I am ignoring the dire forecasts of another icy blast which may or may not happen over Easter!) It was overcast and chilly when I walked the dog earlier but there is now glorious sunshine streaming through the windows. It was heavenly standing in the kitchen soaking up the warmth while I drank my coffee and snapped these photos; Cassie (our dog) is following the sun as it moves around the house, rearranging her sleeping spot accordingly. We’re both enjoying this free heat.
One of my favourite early spring flowers – Muscari, plain old grape hyacinths – are popping up all over the garden. I love their blue against the lime green of euphorbias – it’s my current favourite colour combination. There are two types of euphorbia here – E. oblongata and E. amygdaloides – together with two types of miniature narcissus (one is a single flower of Tete-a-tete, I can’t remember what the paler one is) and Primula vulgaris, common primrose, which is spreading nicely throughout the wildflower patch at the bottom of our garden.
I’m joining in, as usual, with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden where you’ll find her Monday vase and links to lots of others from around the world.
While I was outside picking the flowers for today’s vase, I checked on our rhubarb. I remembered to put the terracotta forcing jar over the top of the crown a few weeks ago and it’s worked! There are several long, beautifully pink stems of rhubarb ready to be harvested – I’ll use them to make a cake or pudding for Easter. I am so looking forward to the long weekend, spending time with family and friends, cooking some special meals, winding down and catching up on sleep, and hopefully getting out into the garden to work off the excess from all the hot cross buns and chocolate!
I hope the sun is shining where you are – wishing you a good week.