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At Last - Spring Has Sprung!

At Last - Spring Has Sprung!

What’s that glowing orange ball in the sky? That’s right it’s the sun, and I’m so excited I wet my plants. Let’s all take a minute to appreciate the return of our beloved warmer months. You already know that spring is the best time of year, but here are some reasons that remind us just why that is the case.

1. The fresh air and sunshine is good for you. It’s scientifically proven that microbes in the outdoor environment benefit your health, the brighter light helps Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it stimulates the production of vitamin D.

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2. This time of year means new life and the return of birdsong. The morning chorus is a lovely alarm call and one of my favourite things ever.

3. Plants are stirring and before you know it there are leaves, blossom and colour emerging from trees, bulbs and wildflowers. All this colour and life improves your mood, what could be more satisfying than heading outside to soak up those early rays.

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4. Everyone is nicer, probably because cold and flu season is finally over.

5. The days are getting longer. No more turning on the lights at 5pm, and best of all - the central heating can be switched off. No more thermostat wars (I’m Team Jumper). Open the windows and let in warming spring breezes that blow away dust and reinvigorate everyone with some bounce.

What Are You Waiting For? Get Gardening

You might feel a sense of excitement or want get things done at this time of year. Some people indulge in a spring clean, Pah! Forget housework - spring is the perfect season to spend in the garden. But what to plant? I’m glad you asked.

Gardenia  is a garden staple and it flowers all year round in warmer zones. It’s perfect for borders, containers and hanging baskets. Bright green foliage and sweet flowers, what’s not to like? Gardenia is such a charmer that it’s even easy to grow.

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At this time of year, you can’t go wrong planting a few  Agapanthus ready for summer blooming, but before the blooms appear you can enjoy watching its flower stems grow to a metre in height. Agapanthus are stunning lollipop flowers with long elegant leaves.  Plant them in close swathes or tightly packed in a container because they like their roots hugged tight. 

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Richly coloured Geraniums are heavenly drought-tolerant plants that will grow anywhere. They make hardy border fillers, adore containers and the foliage smells divine. If you’re just starting out you can’t go wrong with geraniums. They’ll make it easy for you.

Can’t wait for colour? Get yourself an Iris. She’s an absolute stunner that appears in early spring. Pop some grit in the planting hole first, because Iris loves good drainage, and she’ll appear year upon year. Iris are investment plants that always shock you with just how gorgeous they are.  They help support the early pollinators too, so you get double feel-good vibes.

Nosy neighbours? Spring is the perfect time to plant a hedge because those little shrubs are raring to go. Dig a hole, chuck in some manure, and stand well back.

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Ah. Spring. So much energy and life is at work that you won’t want to go inside, but you can soften the blow by filling your work desk and windowsills with succulents or Aglaonema, so there’s no reason to be sad when the sun goes down or you’re trapped in the office.

Spring has sprung and the sweet weather is coming. It’s about time – Hurrah. Shrug off those fleeces, pack away your slippers and let the glorious springtime warmth sink into your bones.

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