Walking round the garden over the weekend it seemed to me as if everything is bursting forth and plants that don't normally flower until May are already coming into bloom. I love the little blossoms on our crab apple tree and the way that they gradually fade from deep pink to almost white as they develop.
Another favourite is this red sycamore. For weeks I watch the twigs for signs of those little red buds and suddenly the weather warms up and they have popped to reveal these golden sprays of tiny flowers.
When I got out of the car in the drive this morning I found myself looking straight down into these yellow tulips. I love their centres with that little ring of black diamond shapes.
The kingcups are beginning to go over so I must make the most of them. They have been in flower for almost a month. I divided one plant into two the year before last - it looks as if I need to divide them again!
I am intrigued by the theory that planting and sowing seeds on a waxing moon gives better results and put it to the test recently. It seems to work and most of the seeds I sowed just over a week ago have all germinated - those that haven't are the long winded ones which take three or four weeks anyway. I have sunflower and courgette seedlings on the kitchen windowsill getting larger each day, so I need to get outside and do some weeding to make room for them. It's my favourite way of giving myself the incentive to go and do some serious gardening!
I hope this lovely weather lasts a bit longer - there is plenty to do out there.