After weeks of snow cover and freezing cold weather, the wind has changed just a little, and there are 15 more minutes of light.. The earth has shed her white gown for now, and the greens and browns are really quite startling to see. I took a little wander around to see what lay beneath. Silently, silently, life has been stretching and yawning under that snowy blanket.
The lilac tree always shows her buds early. Look at that - definitely a green tinge there, don't you think?
Daffodils are beginning to stir - just putting a toe out from beneath the covers.
Crocus, nice and sheltered by the door, are a little bolder.
and the brave parsley makes a glorious comeback!
As things ever so slowly begin to waken, we begin to make plans for our growing. This morning we received the soil analysis for the croft land. A wee bit acid, but not too much, and easily remedied with some local shell sand. One of our first tasks on our return will be to harvest seaweed to enrich the soil. January is the best time to do this as the winter storms have loosened the seaweed from the rocks and it is easier to collect.
Time now to think of potato varieties and other seeds. We also want to try growing some native oats, but more on that in a later post.
I am so looking forward to seeing if there are any spring bulbs in the crofthouse garden too.
We have a couple of weeks still before we head back up again, but the preparation for the journey has begun.