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Spring is springing!

March 23, 2011

Isn’t it a lift to the spirits to see spring creeping in at last? Last year’s spring came very late, after our exceptionally cold and snowy end to the winter. So I am really enjoying seeing daffodils coming into bloom and shrubs coming into leaf, at least a fortnight earlier than last year. I know it’s unoriginal, but I can’t resist sharing the pleasure of some of these sights. Actually, I quite like the fact that there are bloggers all over the northern hemisphere sharing their own pictures of spring. Here are mine.

The flower beds in the garden are mostly still bare, but this pansy’s eye view shows the green shoots beginning to develop amongst the bare twigs.

While the wild primroses don’t flower in the woods here until April, there are lovely primulas in the garden urns.

Mosses are enjoying the increasing warmth of the sun on the flagstones (I like this one that looks so spiky but feels soft as cat fur),

and the winter jasmine is blooming happily against the south-facing wall of the garden.

An old honeysuckle is in leaf against the castle wall,

and here is our very first little cherry blossom of the year!

Out in the woods, the fat, sticky buds of the trusty horse chestnut are opening,

the elder bushes are in leaf,

and underfoot, the first green leaves of May’s bluebells are thrusting through last year’s leaf litter.

Beasties both large and small are getting into the vernal mood. It’s lovely to see our pair of whooper swans back, happily established on our wee lochan again.

And in the tubs of flowers back at the castle, there are honey bees already at work. (Can you spot one?)

Other creatures, of course, are just enjoying the chance to sit outside in the unaccustomed warmth, doing nothing but savour the coming of spring.

My final ‘winter’ post of last year was written at the start of April! See ‘So farewell, then, Winter, it’s been great’. The horse chestnut was at about the same stage as pictured above in the second week of April last year; see ‘Can we pretend it’s Tuesday already?’. For more on the swans (and some haunting music inspired by them), see ‘A glory of swans’.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 7:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Dancingbeastie, and aren’t all these signs of new life encouraging? Today it’s been warm enough here to work outside in short sleeves and everywhere the primulas and primroses are flowering along with the daffs and the narcissi. Spring, lovely spring!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 24, 2011 12:08 pm

      Oh, it sounds lovely in Wales. Narcissi already! I always enjoy visiting friends in England at this time of year, and then coming back to Scotland and enjoying spring all over again.

  2. March 23, 2011 7:40 pm

    Wasn’t today gorgeous?! I got to run errands at work today and it was such a treat to be out with no jacket, and everything starting to bloom. It was like I had landed in an entirely new city than the one of this past winter.
    I love your photos of all the little bursts of new growth. It’s a miracle every year, I think.

    Oh, and I tried to comment yesterday, but wordpress was having troubles, it seems. The tree circles are magical indeed.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 24, 2011 3:03 pm

      It is a miracle, isn’t it. When we lived in South-East Asia, spring in a temperate climate was the season my mother missed most.

  3. March 23, 2011 8:18 pm

    Father Winter hasn’t quite let go of us yet! Snow today!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 24, 2011 3:04 pm

      On it goes! We sometimes have a flurry in April, so I mustn’t get complacent!

  4. March 23, 2011 8:39 pm

    Lovely world you are living in at the moment.
    We, however, have a raging snow storm outside with winds and heavy wet snow and winds swirling the whole mess around.
    Last week we had 16C now we are expecting -16C
    Mother Nature, she is a tease.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 24, 2011 3:04 pm

      Eech, hope that doesn’t last long…

  5. Jessica permalink
    March 23, 2011 10:44 pm

    Hooray for spring! I am so glad you all survived the harsh winter you had and are finally being rewarded with the glories of spring. I was racked with both guilt and relief at not participating in
    a Dalguise winter this year. Am currently enjoying seeing what has been lurking under the soil in my own garden and am pretty impressed with the choices of the previous gardeners. Gav has dug the tattie bed and is itching to plant the veg. Soon.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 24, 2011 3:06 pm

      Don’t feel guilty – enjoy your cherry blossom! It’ll be interesting for you to see what fruit and veg you can grow. Keep us posted!

  6. March 25, 2011 6:10 am

    We do the weirdest things for a photo. Only a blogger would set out to get a ‘pansy’s eye view’!

  7. Fiona permalink
    March 25, 2011 11:48 am

    Have just tweeted about your blog. I think we are definitely in the 21st century…

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 25, 2011 6:26 pm

      Eek! That explains why there are lots of visitors today! I am honoured, thank you.

  8. March 26, 2011 7:49 pm

    I love how you’ve captured all the first flecks of green. And that last photo is just darling. 🙂

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      March 26, 2011 10:11 pm

      She photo-bombed my shots of the daffodils! Always needs to be the focus of attention.

  9. April 3, 2011 6:11 pm

    taken aback at how similar your spaniel looks to ours. Is she a locally bred dog? Not sure how I missed this and another 2 of your posts recently……….somewhat lacking in attention and observation at the moment!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 3, 2011 6:39 pm

      I have a feeling we’ve discussed this uncanny similarity before, and came to the conclusion that they were not related. Ours has a working brother near Blairgowrie, but was bred in the Borders. I adore her and would love to breed from her, but very sadly she was ‘doctored’ when young – against my inclination…. 😦

      Maybe I could get a puppy from yours one of these days?!


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