First signs of Spring
By the end of February, it’s easy to be fed up with the British winter; its grey chill is no longer romantic.
18 March 2016
By the end of February, it’s easy to be fed up with the British winter; its grey chill is no longer romantic. Then we see the first snowdrop, or magnolia tree slowly unfurling, and we know that Spring is on its way.
For anyone who cares to look the signs are everywhere. Bulbs pushing their shoots up to the surface, first the crocus and ipheion and then that most ‘Spring’ of flowers, the daffodil, shouts its way in to our gardens and parks. But it’s not just about the splashier signs of the new season. A change in the air, lengthening days and the sound of birds shaking off their winter silence all help see us out of a long grey winter.
The promise of a garden coming to life is enough to lift our spirits, and the work that this inevitably brings for gardeners and designers is another good reason to get out in to the strengthening sun. Spring is so much about what is to come; carpets of bluebells and clouds of blossom on once bare trees, but as a moment of its own we think it might just be the most exciting of all.
- Elizabeth Tyler