Spring has sprung

As the saying goes, it is often darkest before the dawn. It seems strange that just a few weeks ago my garden had been ruined by hurricane strength winds with fences snapped and blown over, furniture blown away and containers flattened.

For something like a week now, spring has sprung, at least temporarily so. The magnolia tree is out, the camellia is about to bloom and the olive and palm trees can breathe a sigh of relief.

I don’t know about you but Spring is about my favourite time of year. I like Autumn too but Spring is so bright and colourful and hope of renewal. The temperature is just perfect for me; I’m not a fan of the summer really and if the weather could be 20C/68F all year round that would be nice as London gets horrendously humid in the summer and a never ending heatwave without air-conditioning anyway is not what anyone wants unless they are on holiday.

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a blog post wherein I got a tiny little Spider Plant (Coronavirus Diary 28 – Dancing in the rain).

The plant has now grown so massive and despite giving the occasional baby spider away, it has throughly got out of control as you can see below with the main plant above and out of show and beneath it a layer of a dozen or so child plants and many of those now with not just children or grandchildren.

I’m not sure how much life can be supported from one quite small plant but for now it must be happy enough.

If you look outside, you can see some miniature daffodils around a dwarf tree. These are daffodils, a spring-time flower and the national flower of Wales. They are one of my favourite and there are over 13,000 different varieties of them!

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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4 Responses to Spring has sprung

  1. Contractions of Fate says:

    Nice garden! I wish I had one. We had a nice garden front and back in Wales, at my parent’s house, but now I am in a London flat. 😦

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    • Oh I hate flats (no offence). This is by far the nicest garden I’ve ever lived in. Lots of people said the garden to me is more important in a house than the building! It used to be twice as long apparently until the 1980’s. When I bought in Jan 2020, it hadn’t been maintained for about 17 years and it was full of concrete and raised flower beds. The house is only about 500sq ft and they had the two sheds right outside the back door and windows for storage. As soon as Covid arrived, I knew it would be a long-term thing so decided if I was going to be marooned for a year (turns out it was 2) then I want a nice garden. So made a new lawn, vegetable bed and flower, shrub beds. As I live in what is essentially a wood and a garden thats not been loved, keeping on top of the brambles and nettles is a pain but I repeatedly dig them up until they reduce in numbers! Only 1 of the 4 gardens that join on to mine look after their gardens which is a shame. As there are no houses behind it, I get the sun until almost 10pm in the summer. I made the front into a proper cottage garden with a bench and planters and often have a cup of tea there from march until October as it gets the sun in the morning. I hope you find a way to get a garden one day. Ironically so far I haven’t been able to plant the garden as I’d like and 80 feet or so requires a lot of maintenance when things grow as fast as they do on the Herts/London border!


      • Contractions of Fate says:

        Well, it looks very nice and well-worth all the hard work!
        Sadly, since the ’80s, the only way I could buy my parent’s house was if I won the lottery!

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        • Yes I remember even 20 years ago my Dad saying I should get something better than the flat I was getting a mortgage for and then when he did the calculations, he couldn’t afford a mortgage for the same flat even though he was obviously much better off…. I had got one of those ‘dodgy’ self declared income mortgages. I do spend plenty of time always looking at places on Rightmove, it’s my version of going on holiday!


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