Wise words from the great David Hockney this week. The Bradford-born artist, who is currently self-isolating at his home in Normandy, unveiled a new picture of daffodils to cheer spirits with the message ‘Do remember they can’t cancel the Spring.’
I am sure many of us SOSers are taking comfort in the new growth in our gardens at the moment. I certainly am as I join in with The Propagator who invites us to feature six things from our garden each week.
1. Clematis armandii
Wild and wonderful this Spring-flowering clematis is just outside our sitting room window. It is at its peak right now with masses of starry white flowers.
We have an enormous Escallonia in our front garden. However much I cut it back it returns with a vengeance. It’s little dark pink flowers which arrived this week are quite pretty so I will give it a reprieve.
3. Grape hyacinths
The Muscari armeniacii have arrived like rows of tiny blue soldiers. Spot the Give Way sign in the background.
4. First tulip
We are lucky that because we are on chalk tulips come up again year after year. I think this is a ‘Purple Prince’ or possibly a ‘Purple Flag’ from Peter Nyssen, planted about three years ago.
5. Cherry blossom
This week our little cherry tree has burst into blossom to remind us that life goes on.
6. James Guinea Pig
Last week I reported on the sad news that our guinea pig Nibbles had to be put down. While we can’t replace her we didn’t want her sister Gracie to be lonely, so we have adopted a new guinea pig, James, from the RSPCA to keep her company. It has cheered up the children and given them something other than indefinite school closures to think about!
Take care everyone and stay well. With our gardens and one another we can come through this.