As you'd expect, the garden is looking a bit battered. There are gardening pots scattered everywhere after been being blown around from the potting table. I should have put them into the shed, but too late now. The main border looks messy and I need to get the pruning shears out soon before the sap starts to rise.
There's a faint whiff of spring in the air due to a few bulbs making an appearance above the soil. There's tulips, daffs and some of the allium bulbs I planted in the autumn. I planted quite a few though, and can only see 3 so far. Fingers crossed.
Elsewhere there are a few signs of early colour. The hellebores are flowering, although some of the old growth needs tidying up a bit.
I'm still learning, so next autumn I'll tidy up a bit more before the winter arrives.
The Japanese quince, which was so beautiful last year, needs pruning right back. According to all the books, early spring is the best time to do it. It's very thorny so I'll have to be careful.
And finally, after my concern the other day that I saw very few birds in this garden (as opposed to our old one) I saw some birds feeding on the fat-balls the other day.
I think they were coal tits, but I'm not sure. Does anyone else know what they are?
Hopefully the weather will stay mild and I can get out and tidy up. There's plenty to do to keep me out of trouble anyway.