A lovely Spring day - light breeze, bright sun, blue sky, scudding clouds - just right to begin on the front garden. Get out the tools and wait for farmer to appear after his morning jobs. Appears - on his way to check his mole traps - says I could do worse than sweep up under the dining room window, where straw has blown. (Farm incident 1 - a load of straw came during the week. It was a breezy day. The farmer unloaded the straw bales. Then he and the lorry driver stood in the yard chatting (as farmers do) - result - every lane, road, path, verge in the vicinity is now lined with straw).
Armed with the yard brush, slightly depleted since Tess chewed at it when she was a pup, began to sweep up the straw. Tess thought this was great fun and we had a lovely time until suddenly I realised that she was missing. Called.......and called........and called. The farmer came back. He called.......and called......and called. No dog came. Farmer went off into fields to check - Tess came back, tail between legs, very hangdog and got into her crate without being told!
Finished sweeping the yard - blown away by the number of snowdrops in full bloom - must be thousands. Then we both adjourn to the front garden to begin. (Farm incident 2. Our friend, who houses his Holsteins here in Winter, came to put them all through the footbath. This is necessary to inhibit the spread of Digital Dermatitis - a scourge in winter housing. So we stopped - the farmer to assist, me to take photographs) Lunch time (Cornish new potatoes with butter amongst other things - scrumptious).
Finally we make a real start. Two plants have decided to take over the garden - Iris Sibirica, Dragonfly - masses of leaves, no flowers last year. This was a major job - dig, dig, dig - separate iris sibirica from lesser celandine (and they're a nightmare to get out), split up, dig over the plot, fork in Bone Meal, replant (1 hour has passed). Schizostylus (Kaffir lily) - fantastic when out but pretty droopy and awful for the rest of the year. Spent another hour digging a lot of that out - splitting up some of the newer bits and replanting. Time up as (Farm incident 3 - farmer calls for a "chat). Put kettle on, make tea, put away forks, spades and secateurs. That's it for today.
But my goodness, how Spring is coming on - flowers out today:- Lenten rose, Christmas rose, Helebore argutifolious, Primula Wanda, Primula Denticulata, Pulmonaria, Daphne, Auricula - and the weeping cherry is in bud. Cold weather is forecast for the week ahead!