Spring at Last!

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris’

I wonder where the birdie is?

There he is up in the sky

He dropped some whitewash in my eye

I’m alright, I won’t cry,

I’m just glad that cows don’t fly


And so to spring;  gardens are awash with bright spring displays of flowers, as plants start really growing this month, with April showers and warmer soil providing ideal growing conditions.  This is the time of year when you can marvel at not only the bright flowers, but also the unfolding foliage on trees and shrubs, as plants awake from their winter slumber.


Other aspects of nature are also stirring – birds are building their nests, hedgehogs and other creatures are coming out of hibernation, hopefully to eat some of those pesky pests that gorge on your precious plants.


You can see why, for some, spring is their favourite time of year – on a warm spring day with the sun in the sky, one can take in the sights and smells of spring as the world re-awakes which can really lift your spirits.


But wait – there is work to be done!  A little bit of husbandry now can save hours of hard graft later in the year. Spray those roses against black spot, tie in the shoots of climbers, divide perennials, deadhead daffs, sow those lovely sweet peas and a bit of lawn maintenance also won’t go amiss.


Plus the dreaded lawn mowing starts!  For some a chore, for others a delight but there is no denying that a recently mown lawn with alternative light and dark stripes and precision edges, can set off the rest of the garden beautifully.


Most of all, appreciate nature’s bounty – take time (and a book and, dare I say it, a glass of something cold) to sit in the garden, in the sun, and let the sounds and scents of spring wash over you, reinvigorating you after the dark and cold winter months.


Malcolm Richardson 

Eynsford Gardeners’ Club