Sowing seeds in the Spring sun. There is something about the first sustained Spring sunshine which you can take advantage of, not trapped behind a desk admiring it from a distance but standing free amongst it. Seed compost, seeds, pots, potting bench and starting something new – the best parts of Spring.
The positive mental effects of gardening are well publicised but the flip-side of having a passion for gardening which is sustained in the dark days where activities are limited is hard on the soul. I think the dormant seasons, where sunlight hours are few and far between, affect gardeners more as they are finely attuned to the wonders of what can happen when the sun comes out.
Today was a day of sun and being out. The morning was spent sowing seeds into pots and trays, lunch lying on the grass eating sandwiches in front of the tulips (our mini version of Keukenhof) , afternoon sowing carrots as the next stage of Experiment 17.1, tending to the garlic, onion and shallots, removing brambles which had spread while we were looking the other way and removing the horticultural crimes of the previous owner of the plot.
Today was a day of sun and being out. The day before the timekeepers artificially give us a day of sun. A spring day of sowing, sun and sandwiches. Spring is special. Every day is special but the dark days of Winter make the light days of Spring extraordinary.