Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and it’s a special time all round. Along with Easter, this time of year brings New Year celebrations for many South- and South-East Asian cultures – for my family it’s Tamil New Year.
Here in Aberdeen, skies are blue, and there’s to plenty to admire outside.
The RSPB held its Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend, so I spent a fun hour on Sunday morning, looking out the kitchen window.
There were sparrows;
A couple of weeks ago it finally started feeling like Springtime, and it was lovely to be out in the garden, admiring what’s coming up and planting out new things.
Gareth’s been doing a lot of ‘landscaping’ work over the last couple months, which we can now really enjoy.
We’ve got a nice little fenced off flower bed, with perennials coming up nicely.
This morning I took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. The idea is to watch birds in a garden or park for an hour, and count the maximum number of each species.
We had good old sparrows;
Since moving into our home Easter has brought us nice weather, and usually marks the start of ‘proper gardening’ for the year.
In front the big daffodils aren’t out yet, but round the back the little ones are happily enjoying the sun.
The back garden has been (mostly) weeded and tidied, and Wilf is back out to supervise progress. Rocket, chard, and cornflower seeds have been sown today.
Gareth’s also constructed a wigwam, ready for sweet peas. This year (like the past years) we have declared we won’t plant too many seedlings that later turn into a sweet pea jungle. We’ve been restrained and sown only 20 seeds, so hopefully we’ll have a controllable mass of flowers this time!
Over in the far corner the hellebore has been flowering for some time and still looking well, although I often think it’s a shame the flowers face downward, as they are very pretty.
In the same corner you can also see that the ‘fairy flower’ plant on the ground has spread well. The more it grows the less we’ll have to weed each year, so I’m glad they’re doing well! We inherited this plant with the house, and moved them here from another part of the garden – the photo below shows last year’s pretty flowers, which will appear in the next couple of months.
They are very delicate and fairylike, hence my name for them, but they are a type of saxifrage.
Lots to look forward to as the new season gets going. Happy Easter, and Happy Spring!