By Easter it was a little more civilised but we still have a long way to go. After a very cold spell in April which we weren't expecting after so mild (if wet) a winter, everything stopped growing. Just as the blossom developed the winds whipped it off and the emerging buds crept back under the covers again.
Slowly, we are getting there. The brambles no longer snag at my ankles when I go to the compost bin, the old fallen branches, the piles and piles of debris has gone and I have a blank canvas, or as blank as I need it to be. I have salvaged what I can of the old garden, so it forms a skeleton for me to embellish.
Research has shown me that there are a wide range of plants that should thrive and I have formed a list. Over the coming months I shall be posting the list on here and keeping notes on what thrives, and what doesn't.
Agapanthus - the glorious African lilly that I have never been able to grow before.
Achillea - a tough, colourful addition to any border.
Aquilegia - a must plant for any garden, tough yet delicate.
Anemone - pretty, retiring in the spring, bouncing and vibrant in the late summer/early autumn.
Armeria - the tough little sea pink we see clinging to the cliff edge, does well in the garden too.
Astrantia - one of my favourites, lovely little cushion flowers on upright stems.
Aubretia - Can't have a seaside garden without it.
Azalea - vibrant springtime colour
Next time we look at the B list.