After a particularly mild winter, signs of life are stirring all over the cottage.
Here are a few encouraging images to share as a reminder that Spring is just around the bend!
Volunteer Hollyhocks emerge and I am more than happy to oblige their presence!
'White Spires' Foxglove peeks up
The Scabiosa and Columbine are also coming back!
In preparation for the Spring, we've purchased summer bulbs and a greenhouse!
I also planted Dutch Iris bulbs around the bases of our hugely over-grown Lilacs!
Though, you won't see evidence of them until Summer!
We positioned the greenhouse close to the back door in case it is a particularly windy or cold day when we work inside.
Here is the back.
I moved a lot of the delicate plants I've been wintering inside of the house to the greenhouse. It frees up so much room and the plants are much happier!
Penelope approves also!
Here are a few of our peat pots awaiting seeds...
And my newly fashioned sweet pea trellis waiting for the seedlings to emerge.
I also fashioned this 'chicken proof' trellis to block access from the chicken yard to the front yard. They will get a chance to roam around more space this way.
My husband also got a chance to install his Passion Vine trellis.
We will eventually mount the trellis on metal bands, but the old wooden supports will have to suffice for now!
The Passion Flowers are stainless steel, with mild steel centers which will eventually rust with the weather.