Weeds and Waistlines, Signs of Spring!

How can I be sure that this is spring?
It is warmer, yes. The beautiful but icy grip of the Scandinavian anticyclone is loosened.
It is dry, surprisingly so and distant hills have smoke patches every day as estates start the moor-burning season. It keeps the fire services busy and hopefully will be finished before the grouse and other ground nesters start to build.
No, the real reason I know is that my muscles ache and I have the oddest twinges. Such is age and a soft winter.
My waistline is definitely broader and after about 15 minutes of wheel barrow and lifting work, I am starting to think about the next tea break.
This last winter I suddenly decided after years of neglect, that my family needed cake. Well yes, I can still bake, but it will have to stop!
Definitely time to get out and stay out.
Spring also brings that restlessness that sees every messy corner and cobweb. A brisk walk around, shows up the leaves that have not been lifted, the jumble of pots in odd corners, and the grassed up areas you meant to deal with last July.
The corners no-one is supposed to see, where the dead pots lurk and the Jabberwocky jabbers
And look under the leaves of Epimediums or winter green ferns and there is my old friend ground elder and yes, the dandelions and bittercress have gained volume over this last week.
Overwhelmed and slightly panicky…it must be spring . The only defence is to lift your eyes and enjoy the hazel catkins, the first primroses and the wonderful snowdrops.
However, time to spring clean….If I can find the energy!



  1. Spring fever is definitely here, busy busy times ahead although we might all have to pause for a bit next week as winter seems set to return again, hopefully it'll only be a short one.

    Those cakes looks so yummy!

  2. Yes, with it spring not only brings fresh growth, blooms and pleasant surprises - along with it comes the aching limbs!! I sympathise - I'm feeling the same way.

  3. My first visit to your blog - I happened to notice the words "Loch Ness" in your blog title, on someone else's blog and decided to take a look - will have to return when I've got a bit more time! I must be honest and say that I think a good bit of take, a good cuppa go well with any few hours spent in the garden (you feel like you can justify it at least!!) I was suprised not to see photos of lots of snow on your blog site as I know Scotland has been hit quite badly with snow... unfortunately we've not had much in Brittany (N. France)... will have to take a look at your nursery site as well - wish we had better nurseries here (the variety of plants you get in the UK is great!). I will definitely return... have a good week Miranda

  4. The world has been taken over by cupcakes. Something to do with the weather. I would like to invite you to join #Terrified Tuesday next week. Post a garden related image that can take any shape or form that is vaguely disquiting.


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