Now the snow has gone I've been looking around the garden to see which plants have and which plants haven't survived the long winter. We've most certainly lost a hebe and a hydrangea but it was pleasing to see the first signs of the peony. I took a photo of the little dark red shoots under the supporting frame left in place from last year. I was looking back at the photos I'd taken this time last year and I spotted one of the peony taken on 5th April 2012. Such a difference in growth from one year to the next. In the one taken last year it looks almost ready to flower.
There wasn't much colour in our garden but at the local garden centre there was plenty to chose from
A vast array of spring flowers
All in delightful colours
In unusual, quirky containers
They stayed at the garden centre though, as it is too cold yet to plant anything in the garden or leave out in pots and I couldn't bear to lose any more plants.
But they were such a wonderful cheering sight!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.