Year of Grace, Day 121. The garden’s welcome

I had expected the snowdrops to be over after my absence of two weeks. But happily, they had waited and yesterday all were in the full flush of flowering. And under a brilliant sun too! Apparently, Bonn has been having a Spanish spring over the past few days.

The second stalk of the amaryllis has a similarly prolonged blooming, and it has an amazing six blooms, instead of four on the previous stalk. Four blooms have opened, with two more waiting for their turn to shine. A brief turn around the garden revealed more crocuses out, the yellow ones too, and the hazel catkins have unfurled their long, yellow tassels, enjoying the welcome warmth of the sun. Behind them, the cornelian cherry’s yellow buds are fattening, soon to bloom.

Hazel catkins -- the twisty hazel below, normal hazel above. To the right and behind is the cornelian cherry.

Hazel catkins — the twisty hazel below, normal hazel above. To the right and behind is the cornelian cherry.

This morning though is back to wintry grey, drizzly, or more precisely, mizzly – a misty drizzle – that is supposed to last the whole day. Back to the reality of a typical early spring day in Bonn.

Still… I have had two weeks’ of brilliant sunshine stored specifically for days like this. And the plants certainly need the watering. And I’ve got plenty to occupy me indoors, as I get back to the routine of la vida cuotidiana in Bonn.

I am using M’s camera, which is a later version of my little one, until I get a replacement for the one that someone else is probably enjoying in Barcelona.

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2 thoughts on “Year of Grace, Day 121. The garden’s welcome

  1. The first years living in a country with adequate rainfall after living in a desert-like environment is absolute heaven. But after a while, I do miss the sun! Especially in winter :-).

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