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Almost …

It’s almost Spring! Yay!

[one_half]The first Iris bud (I forget the type)The first Iris bud (I forget the type)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Hellebores are back!The Hellebores are back![/one_half_last]

[one_half]The Impatiens are waking upThe Impatiens are waking up[/one_half]

[one_half_last]This year I will plant the Clivia seed!This year I will plant one of these![/one_half_last]

The first sunny day in weeks and I went to see about the damage caused by storms and all the rain. Lots of neglected corners, the lawn needs serious attention, lots of plants need care, pruning, cutting back and my “To Do” list gets longer every second as I walk around the various sections of my garden. But signs of Spring are everywhere.

Weigelias are starting to bloom, Azaleas are flourishing and there are buds on all the spring bloomers including the first Iris. Daisies look pretty and the Salvia has grown a lot while I wasn’t paying attention. Every plant seems to be doing something to get my attention …

[one_half]Daisies waiting to be plantedDaisies waiting to be planted[/one_half]

[one_half_last]These were WHITE when I bought themThese were WHITE when I bought them[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hercules … the way he drinks waterHercules ... the way he drinks water[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Nobody left the tap dripping ….Nobody left the tap dripping ....[/one_half_last]

The birds are back in full force – we are having to refill both water bottles every second day and they again wake me at 5 am every morning as they dart around the back garden looking for grubs in the lawn and berries off the trees and shrubs.

As a true child of Africa, my bones don’t like the unusually cold and long winter we’re having. All I can say is; Roll on Spring …

PS: Last two photos are of my cat, Hercules. He likes to drink water from a running tap … failing that, it has to be from a glass (he will not drink water from a bowl) and if neither is to his satisfaction, he will shout until I open the tap for him … or dive right into the basin looking for water … as in the last photo 🙂

Post Update: I prepared this post yesterday whilst the sun was shining. Guess what … today it is once again POURING with rain here in the Newlands valley.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

6 replies on “Almost …”

Oh, I love that time of spring when everything is ALMOST blooming and spring has ALMOST arrived! But, I love it even more when spring HAS arrived! (I consider it officially spring when the irises bloom!) Be patient – it will be there soon!

Oh those pics of Hercules are FAB!! Heehee!! 🙂
You have lots happening in your garden – wow! Lots of colour and blooms!
Yup – today it is raining cats (oops! Sorry Hercules!) and dogs here too!
Come on SPRING!!

How I would like some of your rain! I love that it is nearly spring for you, it makes me feel better that it will soon be autumn here. Thanks for sharing your spring treasures. Christina

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