What do you like best about spring?

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Battersea Power Station at dawn The signs of spring are a little tardy this year, frightened off by the cold weather of the last couple of months. In my garden, at least, there were no nodding yellow daffodils to greet St David's Day last Monday – the buds are slim and tightly closed.

But I enjoyed real warmth with the sunshine on my back as I walked my dog Barney through the woods, and the heart-lifting sight of clumps of snowdrops, which signal that the end of winter is drawing closer.

Tip for planting snowdrops

Talking of snowdrops, I was with Richard Jackson yesterday who told me that if you want to enjoy snowdrops next year, planting them now 'in the green' (with their leaves still attached rather than bare bulbs) is the way to do it – try these English snowdrops for starters. Put them under trees, in the lawn or simply fill a pot with them, but make sure you can see them from inside your home.


Spring bud
Spring is on its way

Other signs that my garden is waking up are the catkins that dangle from the twigs like forgotten Christmas decorations and the buds – flufffy on the magnolia or sticky horse chestnut – filling up ready to burst open.

But the most noticeable of all, for me, is that although I leave home in darkness, by the time I approach QVC Towers around 6.30am the sun is rising over the chimneys of Battersea power station (see pic top left) and I arrive in something approaching daylight! Hurrah!!

What do you love (or dislike!) about spring?

The only thing I regret about the year progressing is that it will soon be time for me to put my snug Emu boots away, but that's a small price to pay for the general lifting of spirits, the longer days, and the warmer weather. I wonder what the best (or worst) part of spring is for you?

There is one other thing for me – on the third official day of spring I turn another year older and this year will hit the ripe old age of 50! But more on that another day…

Take care

Kathy x

7 Comments

  1. Jan Burnley March 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    The signs of Spring in my wee garden are the blackbirds. During the cold, snowy Winter days, up to a dozen of them would come when I fed them sultanas, now they are getting territorial and pairing off.There are catkins on the Corkscreww Hazel, but the crocuses are a little late. I love the Spring when the leaves have appeared and there are so manny different shades of green.

  2. Margaret March 9, 2010 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, what do I like about Spring ? well its all the signs of new life it just has to happen, it holds back but then it just has to burst forth and of course all the lovely spring lambs that live in fields near to our house.Think I love all the seasons when they happen only if they come as they should though, although weve had a really cold and snowy winter at least it was what it should be, lets hope the rest of the year plays fair and we manage to get them all right, oh well we can dream.All good wishes Margaretxx

  3. kathy tayler March 10, 2010 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Jan. I agree with you – the birds certainly signal the change of seasons. Some blue tits are nesting in the eaves just outside our bedroom window (we sleep in the converted loft) and on my lie in on a Saturday morning I love to lie in bed and watch them flying in and out. They tap away in there – not sure what they’re doing – and last year we could hear the tweeting of the babies once they’d hatched.
    The trees in our garden always seem to open their leaves rather late – we live on thwe top of a hill on the edge of the Chilterns and the trees at the bottom are definitely earlier. We have oak and ash in the garden and there’s a saying that I think goes ‘oak after ash, we’re in for a splash (of rain this summer)- ash after oak we’re in for a soak. (Or it maybe before rather than after!!) I’ll let yuou know!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  4. Kathy Tayler March 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Margaret
    Thanks for taking the time to write – I’ve only just spotted your comment after a busy family weekend!
    You’re right about enjoying the seasons – it sounds strange but I’m not sure I’d want to live somewhere like California or Australia where it’s sunny all year around. I think we appreciate each season all the more as it is a contrast to the others. (That’s providing we do get a summer this year!) And if you live near fields and farmland you are probably more aware of the differences and beauties of each season than those who live in towns and cities.
    I have to say, I love the uplift of spirits I feel on a sunny morning in spring, full of the promise of what’s to come. If we hadn’t survived a gloomy winter the good feeling wouldn’t be quite so good, would it?
    I hope it’s sunny where you are – enjoy it!
    Kathy x

  5. Mary March 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy. Just to let you know my son arrived safely home from his skiing trip in one piece and with boundless enthusiasm; needless to say he wants to go again next year. However, I am a little concerned that his dirty washing bag contained one pair of boxers and a ski sock!!!!! His wash bag was also un touched, I dread to think what went on but we had a good srub of the bath when he got out! My mum loves gardening (she is a trained florist) but I was never that interested until I had my own garden. Now i look forward to all the spring bulbs appearing and my lovely crocuses cheer me up in the morning. Mary x

  6. Kathy Tayler March 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary
    I’m hopeless about checking back to see if anyone has taken the trouble to comment on my blog, so apologies for the delay in responding to you.
    So glad your son loved his skiing – it means you have the problem of him wanting what is an expensive holiday each year, but you’ve given him the opportunity to learn a sport that can give him pleasure for many years to come. There can be few better feelings than standing on the top of a mountain under a blue ski, with fresh air in your lungs, a stunning view surrounding you and the exhilaration of the downhill hill ski just ahead of you. I haven’t been for a while, but one day I’ll get back on those slopes. Who cares if your son didn’t wash or change his underwear? – he had a fantastic time, and no doubt grew up loads in his week away from home. Well done him! (and you, for surviving without him!)
    Take care
    Kathy x

  7. Phyllis August 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kathy, Just wanted to say thank you for giving up your time to meet QVC customers at the Fashion Show today. You are one of my favourites as you always seem to ask questions that I want to know the answer to. You looked lovely today too. Keep up the good work and thanks again for your time.
    Kind regards
    Phyllis

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