February at last! Or February already? Take your pick - I can't believe just how quickly the days pass, gobbling up my life.
Yesterday the thermometer was reading -6 degrees C and today - while I've not gone and looked - it must be at nearly in double figures. The sun on my back felt warm. Look at that beautiful blue sky:
The Dogwoods are rewarding too - I've clumps of the red-stemmed Cornus sibirica, olive stemmed C. sericea 'Flaviramea', black stemmed C.alba 'Kesselringii and the fiery C. 'Mid-winter Flame'. Again nothing to talk about for most of the year but right now they have bulked up into blocks of colour.
The multi-stemmed Birch are rewarding too - now they have grown big enough to have the glowing white bark which is their u.s.p.
Gardeners are such patient optimists. We put in insignificant little sticks, sit back and watch and wait. Then one spring - voila! We see those little twigs are doing what they were meant to do - they've grown into the shapes and forms we intended - and hurrah! there is the winter structure and colour we planned.
Now I must wait for the bulbs I planted with frozen fingers in the autumn to make their welcome appearance. No time to be still either, there's next early spring to be thought about - I've spotted a few gaps to be filled and some winter causalities have opened up other opportunities.
Can feel myself getting quite excited - the sap's definitely rising.