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Has spring sprung at last?

George's first basking session of the year
George's first basking session of the year

Three weeks behind – garden plants try to make up for lost time

Now weeks, not days, behind, my garden seems to be going ‘over the top’ to use World War One terminology.

A couple of fine days and plants are lurching headlong towards spring proper.

Plum Lizzie: April 9, 2018 (left) and March 25, 2017 (right)

Of course, as I write this, there’s a weather warning for rain in force outside and it’s absolutely lashing it down.

My clay soil will be virtually unworkable in the long bed – so much for trimming the top of the hedge this week, as I need to stand on it!

Anyway, let’s raise a glass to the future and the glimpse of spring I enjoyed yesterday in a six-hour stint of planting, tidying and generally pottering about.



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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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