My word of 2021 is ‘hope,’ although hope, has felt in short supply at times, as my family has been personally affected by Covid and it has been difficult. I had my first dose of the vaccine the other day and more and more of us are getting vaccinated which offers some reassurance, though it is sad it came too late for some.
I try to remind myself that all the greenery of spring that we start to see gives us hope now. The days are getting longer and warmer and all these changes seem to spur on the growth of plants and trees. I’ve just had a little look in the garden to see what is appearing and the bulbs are really starting to show now and should be in bloom very shortly. We planted dozens of tulips in rich dark colours, that I hope to use for flower arranging. Tree blossom is starting to appear which in our garden starts with the ribes with it’s fuschia bell-type flowers, then it’s the turn of the amelanchier, with it’s white frothy buds and finishes with the big cherry tree with its candyfloss blooms.
We have a lot of jobs to do in the garden this spring. We need to get the borders fully planted up, add fencing and plant up the shady bank at the end of the garden with ferns and shade loving perennials. We discovered that some of the garden is very soggy from all the winter wet we’ve been getting and so decided to plant bog type plants (or plants that love moisture) in these areas, such as Japanese primroses and purple loosestrife. We did lose some of the less hardy plants from the snow and harsh frosts we’ve had this winter, we’re ok with that, as we’ll replace them with hardier varieties of plants that should be more robust next time.
Easter is early this year on April 4th. Depending on the restrictions on where you are, it may well mean time away from family again, which is hard, but am sure we’ll all be virtually connected. I always seem to think of pastel blue, pink, green, yellow and purple as being the colours of this time of the year. Talking of colours, I mentioned in my winter post, that I had my eye on some Cable and Cotton lights recommended to me by my friend Juliet and we ordered them and they’ve just arrived! We need command hooks for them to attach them to the bookcases, but we’re really pleased with how fun they look and they’ll be sure to brighten up the lounge! Is it just me, or is anyone else affected by colour? I find that if I’m in a drab space for too long then I start to feel down but that bright colours (and of course lots of teal) cheer me up! I’m sure I read something about this in the past that colour can have a huge affect on mood and wellbeing.
I had booked a few virtual events for the local literature festival but now will only be attending one, as I’m having an operation on 19th March so it’s likely that I will have to rest up at least for the rest of the month. I’ve joined a new book club and really enjoyed our first book, ‘All the Stars and Teeth,’ by Adalyn Grace. I set a Goodreads target of 50 books this year and am up to 18 so far but don’t think I’ll top my 100 books read last year. Gardener’s World has been showing a few Winter specials we’ve been watching and is starting a new series on the date of my op! Cannot wait to see that again, a bit of much needed horticultural therapy for us all!
That’s my seasonal update. I expect that there will be some challenges over the coming Spring, but perhaps a little bit of hope will see us through.