I had an especially productive winter in the studio this year, with little choice but to be penned indoors for 5 months, like everyone else here in the British Isles; so, when the weather turned glorious, as it did 2 weeks ago in mid-April, it was no hardship to put down my brushes and finally jump into the garden to get some dirt under my nails.
We’ve not had a harsh winter, in terms of frost and snow here, in the north-west of Scotland and while unrelenting winds and rain may have kept us out of our gardens for months, nothing much was halting the march of the grass and weeds. The ground in my strawberry patch was still waterlogged and choked with grass this time 2 weeks ago.
But now, it seems summer is right ’round the corner. The chives are about to burst into bloom, at least a couple of weeks earlier than usual and the lupins are heading that way, too. No doubt, a bit of a shock is in store later this week for some of the more tender plants when a frost is forecast, as they’ve gone into overdrive with this early taste of summer!