For me, it is without doubt my busiest time of year... and probably my favourite time of year too... everything in the great outdoors is all fresh and unspoilt and it is the best time of year to be planting and seeing things zoom into life. It is also the month of my birthday - but I shouldn't let that influence my judgement!
Well, so much to do at this time - and so much to say too. Probably most of all at this time of year I have been enjoying the explosion of colour that has hit me. It is the time of tulips and wallflowers contrasting with the zingy bright green of clean new leaves and of course the blue of a bluebell wood. No one does colour better than Sarah Raven whose catalogue I look at just to enjoy the juxtaposition of fuchsia with acid green with a brilliant blue with yellow and red... her website does not unfortunately do this - but worth ordering her catalogue for it alone!
Meanwhile things that have been dormant unfurl - I swear that walking in the woods I can literally hear the leaves squeezing themselves out of their buds...whilst some plants literally unfurl in another of natures mini-revivals. Roadsides and woodlands really come alive now like no other time. Bluebells are though over surprisingly early (well, they arrived early!) along with wild garlic that if you can find is a good bit of free wild food. I keep finding more and more references to 'wild food' so thought I would say a few words. Pictured here, those of you that 'know your onions' will recognise the flower of the wild garlic as belonging to the 'Allium' or onion family. In cooking, they are not as strong as cultivated garlic and you use the leaves... using them as you would chives - a good idea being to chop them into an omelette.
Back home, and I have finally had to take my phalanopsis orchid away from the hall. For fresh flowers in the house this plant really has been value for money. I ask you, how else can you spend £4.99 and have flowers from December until early May...got to be beautiful bargain of the year!