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.
The 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.
Some 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.