My Donegal Garden Awakens to the Joy of Spring
January ended on a cold note with two nights of hard frost, plus a small scattering of snow. Thankfully, it caused no lasting damage in the garden.
The seasons are constantly shifting, and Spring is early again this year. In the past week, temperatures have soared to 17 degrees!
These miniature Narcissus emerged in January, and are still providing a joyful display:
Other spring bulbs in full bloom include Crocus and Muscari.
Lenten Hellebores are early too:
Snowdrops have said “Hello,” and “Goodbye” to their neighbours Pulmonaria and Bleeding Heart.
Tulips are peeking above ground, and some flowers are appearing:
Removing Dead Growth
I have made a start on my list of spring jobs. The first was removing dead growth from around my perennials. This Day Lily was very happy to shed the old and embrace the new:
I deliberately leave this job until spring, as the old growth provides much needed winter shelter for mini-beasts.
To Do List
- My compost bin needs emptying, to be spread amongst the most needy plants ,
- My climbing Roses need pruning and feeding,
- I have seeds to sow once the soil is warmer…
All will be accomplished, and shared in future posts.
A Natural Tonic
No matter how I feel as I step outside, I ALWAYS feel terrific after a spot of gardening.
Coco my neighbour’s cat, is an avid garden lover too!
Until next time, happy gardening.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.