Spring in the Garden and a Move on the Horizon

At last after far too many soggy days we have sunshine! This time of the year often means clear skies equal frosty nights but hey, it’s infinitely better than constant rain. I even have some daffodils appearing, which I always find exciting.

I’m going through cupboards and drawers discarding 17 years of clutter. For some extraordinary reason, whilst I was whipped into a throwing away frenzy, I binned all the carefully saved bulb packets. I think it was because I had assured myself all bulbs had been labelled whilst planting last year. WRONG! The above pretty crocus is sans label, I have had to Google until I came across a name I recognised. I believe it to be ‘Snow Bunting’, that seems to ring a bell anyway.

The garden is still mine until I hand over the door keys on the last day – whenever that is going to be! It will be a sad day but until then I can’t turn my back on a much loved garden and think after Easter you won’t be mine anymore. Above is the wettest, boggiest part of the garden, however the ferns love it and the foxglove I moved during the summer looks very happy. That is annoying really as I have never had much success with foxgloves, it would decide now to behave.

Whilst lots of people love foxes, the local urban foxes are the bane of my life and love trashing my garden and digging holes. There are lots of daffodils and tulips bulbs in this bed and in order to make life a little challenging for Freda Fox and her growing family, I placed lots of little sticks as a deterrent. It doesn’t look too attractive but appears to have done the trick, albeit there are still a few places they have made holes – you can’t win all the battles when it comes to gardening.

There is one solitary brave flower on the forsythia, it is a large shrub and the flower looks as though it has been stuck on for fun. I didn’t notice it when taking the photo but the spirea is also in bud, this shrub has wonderful golden autumnal shades in the Spring, turning a boring green in the summer.

I never tire of the little red lipstick shapes of the appearing peony. In all the years I have had it, the wretched plant only ever has one flower and I have never managed to find out what I am doing wrong.

Back to the patio, the hyacinths are pushing through the soil, which looks like a boiling porridge pot and is spilling over the sides as the plant makes its way to the daylight. I must remember not to use so much soil next time.

With little sunshine on the patio at the moment, the crocuses are not opening up in the way they should, so ‘Firefly’ is not showing to its best, still pretty though.

New update: My Move

Kirstie and Phil of Location Location Location TV fame would be proud of me – compromise being the order of the day. When looking for somewhere to move to, I had a choice of a small property and tiny garden on the Isle of Wight with all the travel issues that brings, or a ground floor apartment in Hampshire with French doors facing south on to a large patio. Fingers crossed all goes to plan and I have gone for the second option in Emsworth, a pretty harbour village near Chichester. My daughter and her husband are moving there next week and with a large garden that needs a lot of work I’m gently feeding the idea that they need help PLUS the icing on the cake is I have already found someone with a plot to share on an allotment just down the road. I am really excited about the prospect and can concentrate on patio/container planting and managing a small allotment – lots to blog about. I will be so disappointed if it collapses, but I am going to be positive. Keep your fingers crossed for me please people!

12 thoughts on “Spring in the Garden and a Move on the Horizon

  1. Good luck with the move. Moving is a very stressful time, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end and you will love your new home and garden/allotment. It sounds like you have made a good choice.

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  2. Anywhere close to water is good IMO. Emsworth is very pretty and Chichester a lovely city too. And if you are close to your daughter then that must be a good thing, especially if she is willing to share her garden 🙂 I wish you well in the move, it is a very stressful time and the older I get the more I loathe doing it.


    1. I am finding this move particularly stressful, and have to remind my youngest daughter (who doesn’t understand, despite her traumatic move) that I was 17 years younger and have had several years of ill health, which takes its toll. I do find instead of getting more laid back with age I tend to panic and worry more. I will be glad when it’s over.

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      1. There is just so much to do. And waiting for solicitors to get their act together. Not knowing whether the sale will go through is the worst; booking a removal firm, organising utilities, packing! Fortunately when we sold we went into rental for a few years and then into purchasing a property so no pressure on dates. My stomach was in knots during our last move trying to organise everything, and I am usually very calm. Fingers crossed for you Ronnie 🙂


        1. Spot on! Also doing it without an estate agent and now realise I could have done with an in-between man as my buyer is saying I agreed to decorating the flat before completion – as if! Who would be so stupid? 🤨😫


          1. If they haven’t got that in writing then they don’t have a leg to stand on. Of course they may then ‘blackmail’ you saying if you don’t they will pull out of the agreement. Selling a property is a nightmare. Our buyer wanted us to pay service charges in advance – one has to wonder why some people even view flats if they don’t understand the legalities. In the end we knocked off £1000 in ‘goodwill’ because we just wanted to be shot of the place.


  3. That sounds splendid! And Chichester is a pleasant town. When I was looking at your top photo, I was thinking how much you will miss having lovely old walls . . . but one of the things which sets Chichester apart from other towns is it’s lovely old walls. (Albeit of flint.) I don’t know Emsworth but have visited Boshom which is not far away. That’s nice too but a bit prone to flooding. Hope you are near enough to the water that you can visit it but far enough that it can’t easily visit you.


    1. Emsworth is the next harbour inlet down from Bosham and part of the Chichester harbour area. The harbour is about a 5/10 minute walk away and the flood report came back as low risk. It ticks a lot of boxes but is very much a compromise, I won’t have a lawn to mow, it is near enough to see friends and Chichester has good shops and places to eat. I worked there for a while, it’s about 25 minutes from where I presently live.


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