I love working part time, it means I get Monday and Friday off, so I can catch up with friends, projects and, of course, the garden.
This morning I woke to a very heavy frost outside, it looked like a thin layer of snow. As is the way of frosty starts it turned out to be a simply beautiful morning, bright blue sky and a sharp but refreshing chill. With no wind, it is an ideal day for pottering in the garden. The garden, however, is completely waterlogged and not at all conducive or indeed sensible to be doing a lot of walking around. I did a little hoeing to turn the soil and subsequent, with a little bit of hope, it might expose all those nasty slug and snail eggs to the next round of frost and kill them off.
As I wandered around the garden, despite the rain and frost, the strangest things are happening. I found a Japanese Anemone in flower.
A few months ago I planted up a number of pots layered with bulbs and was a little concerned as they seemed to be shooting up rapidly. They have, fortunately, slowed down a bit, and today I found one Dwarf Reticulata Iris in bloom. You can see the something is nibbling at the pansy leaves I’m hoping they will flower soon.