Spring finally sprung.

Spring, finally. Blossom-lined streets, tulips in the flower beds, green mist twisting through the twigs and branches and a genuine warmth in the air.

The weekend started with a trip to Jane at Fern Verrow at Spa Terminus who had brought us 22 hazel poles from her farm in the foothills of the Black Mountains, along with a bucket of cow manure to make a new cowpat preparation pit.


On Sunday we picnicked at the plot and spent the afternoon making a robust frame for the climbing beans from the hazel poles.

It was glorious to feel the warmth of the sun. A green woodpecker cackled from high up in the trees and painted lady butterflies danced around the path stopping to spread their wings and soak up the sun. The pond, a giant jelly of frogspawn.

The afternoon passed blissfully. We cut twiggy bits of hazel to make pea sticks and planted two lines of Basque peas.  Nancy and Rose moved a few surviving winter salad seedlings and gave each other rides in the wheelbarrow, ’til it ended in tears.

22 march 2013

Howard Sooley

3 thoughts on “Spring finally sprung.

  1. Boy! I never realized how much I counted on the coming of Spring until this year when it was sooooo late! Here too we are reveling in its eventual presence and the magnificent greening of the Earth!

  2. Lovely to feel the sunshine again, and to see you are back, returning with the plants. I was worried about both – the Spring, and the online friends.
    Freebie turf from a skip, and freebie dalek compost bin have replenished the locale with soil and green layers, friendly odours and insects for birds. Life is precarious for them, so I save each living thing I can, with Jainish attention. Even the woodlice who vacate the heating-up loft by dropping suddenly off the flat’s ceilings, get a part to play outdoors. Baby trees we must save, for coming climate adaptations will need them urgently, each flood season. I lost one batch to the freeze-up, starting again with a jar of hardy pussy willow, and potting on stray saplings which spontaneously appear round the pavements, before they get cleared away by councils.

  3. Lovely hazel poles. There is a little hazel copse next to my allotment and I am waiting for the poles to turn up in the allotment shop, as they are so picturesque with beans or squashes growing up them. Beautiful photos as always.

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