HOORAY HOORAY! IT’S A SPRING DAY!

A beautiful iris heralds in the spring

A beautiful iris heralds in the spring

The long cold winter has finally passed.  Oh and what a cold and horrible nasty winter…  NOT!  Oh my goodness.  It was so mild.  We had two frosts – at most so a lot of the soil diseases may still be lurking in the warm damp earth.  It rained a lot, but once again not as much as it should have.  In fact I had to get the hose out and irrigate my winter crops in the middle of winter.  But it wasn’t all sunny days either.  It was mostly cloudy.    But that is all in the past now!  Now we have our feet firmly planted in spring!

The grape hyacinths look ever so cute

The grape hyacinths look ever so cute

I love spring.  For me it is like the true New Year.  The start of the growing season, a fresh slate, all the mistakes of the past forgotten or learnt from.  A season full of hope and promise.  This will be the year the conditions are perfect and the harvest will be abundant.  But first I need to get the greenhouse finished.

In hindsight I think I was a little over ambitious in my desire to have it up by Sunday.  What I hadn’t counted on was glass is sharp, cutty and scary and needs to be handled with care.  Not something to be rushed, especially if I want to keep my fingertips, toes and possibly arteries intact at the end of the project.

How cool does this look!

How cool does this look!

But the greenhouse is in position and despite my weird measuring and wonky paving, it slotted into place perfectly and looks like it belongs there.   I feel so proud.   Now I just have to get the glass in.  I have put nine panes in and come across one broken one.  Hopefully there won’t be too many more broken ones, but having been in storage for such a long time it is always a possibility.  The glass has been well packed so I think we will be ok.

Slowly and carefully I have begun putting the panes of glass in.

Slowly and carefully I have begun putting the panes of glass in.

So slowly and carefully I will push on – with the image of my seedlings straining for the light and I will try my best to finish their new home sooner rather than later.

This first freesia may look beautiful, but I wish you could smell it.  It is so incredible.

This first freesia may look beautiful, but I wish you could smell it. It is so incredible.

Come again soon – maybe today will be the day my seedlings move out of my craft room.

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

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16 Comments on “HOORAY HOORAY! IT’S A SPRING DAY!

  1. another job for your list…….window cleaning 🙂 i did mine yesterday it was long overdue 🙂 loved the Iris.

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    • Hi Linda. Not one to follow instructions I just grabbed the first piece of glass and popped it in where it fit – so it turned out that I did the sides and ends first.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  2. The greenhouse looks great! I love your photo of the yellow iris – striking! my first freesia came out yesterday, joy 🙂

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    • Hi there. I love spring flowers, they always seem so bright and cheerful after such a gloomy winter. I’m not all that good at growing summer flowers but I always make sure I put spring bulbs in.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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    • Hi Jean. I remember moaning to myself in the autumn that I shouldn’t have bought so many spring bulbs as it took ages to plant them all, but now they are approaching their full glory and I am so glad I bought so many!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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