Anyway I've signed up for the Blog Every Day in May challenge over at http://www.rosalilium.com/, so hopefully you will be hearing a lot more from me than usual for at least the next 31 days! Of course I didn't see the challenge until the 2nd, one day after it started, so technically I already failed!! But I've decided to do it anyway - I probably won't make the entire month anyway but it'll be nice to see how many I can get through!
Today's topic is 'Spring is Here' and right on cue, our new tulips have started flowering. There have been daffodils around in the hedgerows too for a while now, though none in our garden apart from one tiny narcissus by my front door, which the cat managed to stomp on before I could get a picture.
We planted the tulip bulbs a while ago, and a load of leaves came up - but then March turned back into Winter and we had frosts and horrible cold weather galore. I was really worried that the tulips would be too frosted to flower but I needn't have been concerned! There are also some pansies in this picture which Mr Opalline planted last weekend, and near the back is one of our Mint plants, miraculously coming back to life (like a leafy Lazarus!) after a long cold winter of pretending to be dead twigs.
It's Spring in the greenhouse too! Suddenly we have tomatoes, herbs, and all sorts of other things emerging from the compost.
Radishes and peas too!
I can't wait to see what else comes up. Really hoping the vegetables do well this year, what with all my attempts to be frugal with the groceries I could really do with some free vegetables!! Last summer was so dismal that nothing really grew at all. Let's hope that the glorious sunshine we've been having recently is a sign of more to come!