What a Difference a Year Makes

Well this should really be two years and I am referring to the effects of our bitterly cold winters on the garden.  It is only this week that some of our tulips finally emerged into bloom.  Only some mind you.  Most are still tightly shut, expecting the worst no doubt.   Last year it was better and two years ago it the garden was awash with colour by now.  Here is a view of a border in our front garden taken on 17th April, 2011.

P1080341The daffodils have come and gone, and everything else is more or less in full bloom.  This is what a spring garden should look like.  Now here is pretty much the same view, taken today, 26th April, 3013.

P1040166Some daffodils are still in bloom, but not a glimmer of anything else.  A rather drab picture in fact.  It was another good spring last year.  I don’t unfortunately have the same view, but here is a pot full of tulips in full bloom taken on 29th March, 2012.

P1000579Now here is a similar view of tulips in a pot taken on 21st April this year.  Only one measly white tulip in flower and the rest still in hibernation.

P1040143Let us hope that next year we can get back to an early flowering spring and that the rest of this year is warmer, sunnier and brighter.


2 thoughts on “What a Difference a Year Makes

  1. Il ne faut pas désespérer, Alister! Where there is life, there is hope! And summer will certainly last longer… I mean, that’s what you have to tell yourself! I love those blue and aqua pots, by the way! Really nice touch of blue paint on the wooden pot! Beautiful garden you have… or will have! ; )

    • Summer in Scotland can vary from day to day and sometimes during the day. But I am positive that this summer will be good. The blue paint on the wooden pot is gradually disintegrating, as is the pot itself. I think this will be the last year of its life.

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