£1 Therapy

Spring has been delayed

Last week my annual reminder popped up on my computer – ‘time to start pruning the roses’. I looked at the snow lying in the garden, and thought, “not today”!

I’ve been looking forward to the arrival of spring, as my garden, like many others at this time of the year, is in need of attention. But a quick look at the weather forecast told me that we’re going to be hanging on to winter for at least another 10 days. With overnight temperatures forecast to be as low as -5℃ and daytime temperatures just above freezing, the ground isn’t going to be workable.

There’s not much colour in the garden right now, just some winter flowering heathers, and a few left over berries that the birds haven’t finished munching, but lots of fresh shoots are starting to peek above the surface of the soil.

Free plants

Most of my expeditions into the garden so far this year have been to the greenhouse (though I have managed some weeding and general tidying) to water the softwood rose cuttings that I took last summer.

The cuttings were taken later in the season than they should have been, but to my surprise, 21 have survived, and are growing well. I’m hoping that eventually they will make nice strong, disease-free plants, as some of the more mature plants in the garden need replaced. The idea of free plants appeals to me. 😊

£1 therapy

If the thought of a few more weeks of winter is a bit too much to bear, then how about treating yourself to a little bit of winter therapy, that will only cost you £1. (Well that depends on how much of this this bright yellow winter therapy you want to indulge in.) Head down to your local supermarket and treat yourself to a little bunch of daffodils. Just £1 a bunch, but those daffs will brighten up your home…and your mood too.

A £1 bunch of daffs doesn’t look very appealing when you pick them from the bucket in the supermarket, but put them into water in a cozy room and within a few days they will open to a bright and cheery display – guaranteed to make you smile each time you look at them.

I keep a bunch on my study window, and another two on the kitchen window. You don’t even need a vase – I use jam jars, those small, slim jars that come filled with that utterly delicious made-in-France jam. Who needs clotted cream and butter when you can heap this onto your lunch time scone. The empty jars are the perfect size for a single bunch of daffodils.

The daffodils on the kitchen window ledge lead the eye out to the garden, and makes it look a wee bit more appealing than it really is in February, and in my case, much of March too! They’re a reminder that spring will come, and soon the landscape around us will take on a new fresh look, bursting with fresh shoots, buds and colour…and row upon row of daffodils lining roads, and gardens.

Self reliance

But before I go, I’d like to refer back to last month’s garden post – I mentioned the subject self reliance and food storage, and that we should be thinking about trying to grow some of our own foods. With that in mind I bought seeds that I’ll be sowing fairly soon – carrot, leek, broccoli, cabbage and basil – veggies that we use regularly – and basil, a herb I use a lot.

I bought a few packets of flower seeds too (all seeds were half-price, so who could resist…). The cosmos will add a bright splash of colour during summer, and the forget-me-nots will be absolutely gorgeous during spring next year.

If you don’t have a garden, try growing some herbs on a window ledge, as their very presence in the room is therapeutic – and there’s nothing more satisfying than cooking with something you’ve grown yourself. 😊

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