Finally, my gardening season is about to begin. After a winter of being caged up, I’m released and free to rampage round the gardens of Kirkcudbright, to my hearts content.   I must say, compared to previous years, it’s not been a difficult break and there have been whole days, when I’ve managed to occupy my time without resorting to gardening, (thanks to Youtube).

However, it dawned on me that it was time to get cracking, when the weather kept me from working for two days in a row, and I started looking for things to clean in the house.

My wait is over and tomorrow, I will begin my ramblings with the drive over to Gatehouse of Fleet, to have a general tidy up and decide how to progress for the rest of the year. I have the feeling it will be the same routine I have followed for the past few years, but I could liven it up, by changing the direction I go round the garden in, to tackle the tasks – variety is the spice of life.

I’m really looking forward to this season, so much so, that sleep might be difficult tonight, as I picture myself tidying up the debris left behind by Winter.  I’d left this particular garden in good order in December, so a bit of tweeking, and it will be business as usual.

This year, is the year when I will finally reach my peak in the gardening world. I have a year to do it, no one to organise, and less gardens than I used to have. How can I fail to have anything but a fantastic gardening  year?

In anticipation of the new season, I’ve been wandering around various gardens over the last week, and I am pleased to report the following in flower:

Snowdrops, Daphnes, Viburnum tinus, Viburnum bodnantense, Hellebores, Sarccococa,  Mahonia, Erica carnea (winter heathers) and a few Croci waiting to open up.

One of the the stars in a few gardens I’ve seen, is Cornus ‘Midwinter fire’.

See, there is plenty to be happy about in the garden.

Happy gardening Dave.