March madness

March 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm 16 comments

Anyone remember me?  It’s been a while hasn’t it!  Shall I re-introduce myself or just ask forgiveness for abandoning you like that?  I’ve been busying about doing ordinary things with out-of-the-ordinary vigour which hasn’t left a great deal of time for snapping and writing.  I’ve been decorating the spare room (my favourite book corner in the house) and started a new job so you’ll forgive my pre-occupation with life outside the garden?

I’ve not been to the allotment much while it’s been so chilly but these lovely March mornings bursting with sunshine and fresh air have begun to work their Springy magic on the blooms at the plot.  The first bulb to push it’s way through the soil a few weeks ago is destined to be a heady, fragrant hyacinth (colour as yet unknown).   Some of the irises have emerged, bloomed and frostily withered in the space of a week but while they lasted they were a joy to behold.

On Sunday morning the overnight frost thwarted my efforts to plant more onion sets and I gave up trying to drive my fork into the frozen ground. It wasn’t a wasted visit as I had a good natter with Keith on the way home and had my arm twisted accepted his invitation to join the allotment committee. I have fresh, young blood to offer apparently – should I be worried do you think! {grin}

Entry filed under: allotment tales.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kirsten  |  March 12, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS photos! Wow! Just lovely! Worth the wait! Welcome back, you were missed!

  • 2. Cheryl  |  March 12, 2010 at 12:26 am

    So beautiful. Can’t wait for spring flowers here.

  • 3. miss m  |  March 12, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Almost need sunglasses for the last shots ! Magnificent !
    Wanna trade climates ?

    You’re totally forgiven, Nic. Hope the new job is going well ! 🙂

  • 4. Catherine  |  March 12, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Ohh these photos are just what I needed to see on this damp bleary morning – thank you! It must be wonderful to have an allotment (a personal dream of mine 😉 )

    I love the snowdrops with the purple behind them – they look so elegant! (This Yorkshire rain makes even snowdrops look bedraggled!)

  • 5. To M Hayward  |  March 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Good job, man!

  • 6. Ruth Pierce  |  March 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    What amazing photo’s – you have talent

  • 7. mangocheeks  |  March 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Missed you – but understand the ordinary things we do in life are very important.

    Love the photos too.

  • 8. Peggy  |  March 13, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Hi its great to see you back, but blogging should not become a way of life or what would we have to blog about?!
    great photos too but I cant believe your ground is still frozen! Planting out is about 3 weeks behind over here but we have been having beautiful spring days if a little frosty at night

  • 9. Nip it in the bud  |  March 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Kirsten – thanks sweetie, it’s good to be back

    Chery – I’ll look forward to some spring inspired stitching from you

    Miss M – Mother Nature rocks doesn’t she! The new job is fab and nicely balanced with plenty of time still for gardening – hooray.

    Catherine – glad I was able to deliver a little sunshine to a soggy yorkshire day. Keep the allotment dream alive and one day …

    Tom – cheers man!

    Ruth – thank you. I have a good accomplice called Lumix

    MC – I missed keeping up with everyone elses bloggy goings on too – you’ve been busy 11 posts, you’re a marvel!

    Peggy – the frozen ground was last sunday – I’d made the mistake of starting out too early (and we’re an edge plot so it takes a while for the sun to work it’s way round). So tomorrow i’ll wait until the afternoon (that is if I can be bothered after eating a bit sunday dinner!)

  • 10. Bilbo  |  March 14, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Gorgeous gorgeous pictures. No need to apologise for being busy – I am just as guilty, sitll need/want to reply to email from you . . . so much to do, so few hours!

  • 11. Ann  |  March 14, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Lovely pictures, the irises are a gorgeous colour. Our snowdrops have only just flowered and the daffodils are still just buds.

  • 12. pat  |  March 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Found your fork; it’s back in your shed ready for some action

  • 13. Margaret  |  March 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    All of the spring flowers look wonderful, it’s joy to see them.

  • 14. Nip it in the bud  |  March 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Bilbo – thanks for compliments and don’t fret about email replies – they’re appreciated but not necessary

    Ann – they certainly exceeded my expectations. Eagerly awaiting more surprises now. I hear daffodils are late all round this year.

    Margaret – it puts a spring in your step doesn’t it

  • 15. Fiona Mayhem  |  December 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Your Irises and photos are beautiful.

    I am so glad I found this blog – you are on my RSS feed.

  • 16. nic@nipitinthebud  |  December 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

    thanks Fiona. I’ll look forward to you hanging around a bit more 😮


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