Our new puppy Baxter arrived a week ago – hence the lack of post last week – and as promised he is a little ball of cuteness and trouble.
He loves the garden, particularly digging at speed in the flowerbeds like a cartoon dog, eating cat poo and chewing on the crocuses.
The spade makes him howl, he would like to eat my trowel and he rather enjoys rolling in the hardy geraniums.
On the plus side I am out in the garden much more than usual for this time of year as I am taking him out every hour to do his business which gives me plenty of opportunity to observe and plan.
As ever I am joining in with The Propagator who invites us to feature six things from our gardens every Saturday.
1. Crocuses enjoying the sunshine
We have lots of these delicate little crocuses which opened up their saffron tongues to welcome the sunshine yesterday.
2. Baxter in the ferns
Baxter likes ferns – they are fun to play with and even better to flatten!
3. Galanthus elwesii ‘Herbert Ransome’
I bought this snowdrop from the Marchants Hardy Plants snowdrop sale last year and it is rather wonderful when it opens out.
4. Annual haircut
The tree surgeons have been and done their usual marvellous job. Here’s the before and after.
5. Alfie in the fig tree
At this time of year my six-year-old loves to climb the bare branches of our gnarled old fig tree.
6. Paper white narcissi
I am actually growing these in the house but they had to come out for the tree surgeons as they were in our lean to and could have got knocked over by machinery. They have that strange musky smell that some people hate but I don’t mind too much.
Sorry I couldn’t resist ending with a Baxter montage. I will stop boring you with puppy pics after this (although I can’t promise never to feature Baxter again).