Andromeda Witchalls - Professional garden designer

Observing nature in a Hampshire garden: Andromeda’s nature diary

This post was written by admin on Monday, February 21st, 2011

Spring is fast approaching. The sun is shining, birds are singing and nature is slowly awakening from its long slumber. As I wander through this glorious garden, a solitary bumble-bee feeds on a mature Mahonia japonica. This handsome winter flowering evergreen shrub, with its highly scented ‘lily of the valley’ fragrance, is alas nearing the end of its season but is still playing an important role in the ever changing cycle of nature.What joy it is to be in this wondrous setting. Nature is amazing and wonderful and one can but admire all that it has to offer.

Veggies, shrubs
Flowers and trees
A day in the garden
Is all my soul needs

An abundance of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) is beaming everywhere. By the edge of the ditch a multitude of these small bulbs have appeared together with some ferns, bringing a lovely combination to this moist setting underneath an old oak tree.

The diminutive crocus is also close on the heels of snowdrops. This understated bulb is truly a reminder of spring. It’s glorious colour helps cheer us. In my garden both wild and cultivated crocuses adorn many corners. These delicate bulbs with strong colours unfurl their petals on sunny days to catch the sun’s rays. Bees adore them as crocuses are a vital source of pollen, nectar and water for foraging bees.

Gardens are a delight in spring: It reminds me of a new period of life. It is like an enchanting Renaissance painting, a rebirth of beauty and a glorious celebration of life!

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth