… that Spring is on its way?

When I look past all that still needs to be done in terms of preparing my garden for the imminent arrival of Spring and Summer, it gladdens my heart to see buds, buds and more buds all over the place! If you had told me two years ago that I would get excited about seeing buds on plants, I would have asked you what you were smoking, but that’s exactly how it is right now. I’m like a child in a candy store, jumping around from bed to bed and getting excited about the buds I see and the promise of things to come, just a few short weeks away!

Buds are everywhere and in my enthusiasm I must have taken about 200 photographs yesterday of all “my buds”. Whilst not all the plants and bulbs I planted are “budding” yet, most are and I am really thrilled.

I thought I would share some of my favourites with you …

The promise of things to come …

The first Ranunculus BudThe first Ranunculus Bud

On the Lemon TreeOn the Lemon Tree

Murraya Exotica budsMurraya Exotica buds

Cinerarias (I think thats what these are)Cinerarias (I think thats what these are)

Nandina (heavenly bamboo) blossomsNandina (heavenly bamboo) blossoms

Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’Heliotropium arborescens 'Marine'

Madevilla splenens always in budMadevilla splenens always in bud

Pink Azaleas are everywherePink Azaleas are everywhere

Yipee! Tulip buds …Yipee! Tulip buds ...

Oh my … what have we here?Oh my ... what have we here?

The first of the Tulips opensThe first of the Tulips opens

So excited about my first ever TulipSo excited about my first tulip

I’ve excluded photos of the buds on the lime tree, the snow drops (Leucojum aestivum), Freesias, Dietes grandiflora, Viburnum tinus ‘Lucidum’, Impatiens, Liliums and the Camellia buds which are not giving up just yet. Also flowering are Hellebores, Violas, Dianthus, Alliums and Lobularia.

What’s “budding” in your garden right now? What are you excited about?

Happy Gardening