This is the rest of my back garden tour!
My favourite sign of spring in our garden is the forsythia coming into flower.
These buds will be flowering within a few days and putting on a wonderful show of yellow.
There has been some non gardening fiddling about. I started to get some of the garden ornaments out.
Above is another rose - a climber - that is doing well. Hubby is very pleased with how his fernery is doing too.
One surprise was in the compost/storage area. Can you see that pot squashed in between the compost bins. It has mint in it growing very well. Normally I cannot get mint to grow - I must be the only person in the world that cannot grow mint! - so to see this flourishing was quite a surprise! The slabs are being cleaned off to be used to make a new path up the garden. This is the last of the jobs from all the patio works that we did last year.
This wonderful yellow flower is a mahonia. A lovely flower, but oh gosh did it ever take me ages to remember what it was called!!!
I do know the name of this rose though that is climbing up the apple tree. It is a Paul's Himalayan Musk.
While I was weeding and doing other things hubby was
I cut this laurel back in the autumn and you can see where it is sprouting already. Laurel's are very hardy plants and you can cut them back very hard and they grow well again. That is why I prefer them to many other evergreen plants that you cannot treat in this way and then they get very overgrown and out of hand.
My regime is to cut back hard one year, grow the next year, trim the next year and then cut back hard again. So these two will be left to their own devices now for a while. We have another laurel, but I want that one to remain fairly large so I will keep hubby and his saw away from it for now!
I was so glad to get the bench out from under its cover. The cover had torn over the winter and looked horrid so I threw it away, the bench looks a little worn, but is so much nicer than looking at the torn cover and now we have somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunny moments!
Although it is still not exactly hot. You can see the temperature on the thermometer. This was one of my Christmas presents and hubby put it up this weekend for me. So now I can keep any eye on how warm - or cold! - it gets.
I didn't add the bokeh - the spots and rays that you see - that was the sun shining as I took the picture! The temperature is real too. I think that the thermometer is rather optimistic though going up to 50 degrees C, if we get that hot you will not be seeing me. I will have moved into a freezer somewhere!
There is still lots to do in the garden, but oh gosh how great it is to be back out there again!