I was pottering around the garden the other day, assessing what to do next, when I heard a strange tap tapping noise. It was quite loud, insistent, and it took me a while to work out where it was coming from.
It turns out that not all birds are as daft as the collared doves attempting to build a nest behind our old satellite dish – the rapping was the noise of a blue tit arranging things to her liking inside the nest box.
I suppose it is yet another sign that things are moving along – the pond is boiling with frogs, the birds are building nests, the seedlings are rapidly outgrowing their seed trays and demanding attention. At this time of year things really start to speed up for the gardener. I sometimes feel as if the garden – and now allotment – are constantly tapping me on the shoulder and telling me all the things I should be doing.
In the last two days my replacement dahlia tubers arrived, as did my Jerusalem Artichokes. So the former need potting up in the greenhouse, the latter need planting up at the allotment. Then there are parsnips and early carrots to sow, chitted potatoes to plant – all under fleece, its going to be colder again this weekend. Not to mention the continuing seed tray shuffle (thank you to Karen@An Artist’s Garden for that wonderful phrase).
So of course this is the week that I collected some otherwise very welcome new work! Time – and energy – management is becoming crucial. At times like this I have to work at remembering to breath and enjoy the season, and not to panic, as nothing terrible is going to happen if my broad beans have to linger in the cold frame for another week before being planted out. There is time. It is not a race, or a competition of any kind. And there are so many things to enjoy, it would be a waste to miss out on them by being stressed by having too much to do.
The Anenome blanda that surprised me by popping up in my February End Of Month View and that Liz, Sylvia and Christina identified for me are flowering away, and need to be enjoyed because they will soon be gone again.
And of course my personal obsession, the Magnolia stellata that makes time at the kitchen sink so much more tolerable, changing daily.
So yes there is a lot to do, and yes, it will probably get “worse”, but I am going to make sure I also carve out time to just enjoy the sun on the daffodils – before getting back to work. Enjoy your Spring garden, and if, like me, you are feeling nagged by the jobs that need doing, remember to breath!