21 March 2014
Allt-y-bela springs to life at last
The torrential rains and winds have finally relented and given way to glorious sunshine; we are well in the throes of springtime now.
The spring bulbs are emerging in succession at Allt-y-Bela and have so far created a beautiful tapestry of colour on the earthworks. On the common, the drifts of pure white snowdrops have just gone over and given way to a breathtaking carpet of narcissi lobularis, which have self sown and each year begin to claim more land. With the sparkle of light picking up all the spring colours it is one of my favourite times of year. Day by day I watch and wait to see each new jewel emerge.
My pots are filled with crisp white scented hyacinths and violas that are supported by some simple hazel supports. These were created on the first day of our new four-day garden course in early March using hazel from the drove that travels along the top of the common. The course - entitled The Making of the Garden for all Seasons - was a great success and I am already looking ahead to May when I will welcome everyone back. More details and pictures from the day will be shared in a later journal.
Photographs are by Britt and William.