Happy Days

This week I’ve been thinking about happiness.

I mention this because on Monday, at around about midday, I was suddenly aware of being happy. And it occurred to me that it’s not often that I am aware of happiness at the moment of feeling it.

Monday was one of those rare perfect days we sometimes get in early spring, when the sky is a clean clear blue, the temperature blissfully warm. I was in the greenhouse, seed sowing. The doors were open, the automatic vents in the roof had risen silently of their own accord as the warmth from the sun worked its magic; there was the smell of potting compost and fresh air. I was sitting on my new, very exciting seat/compost bin, bought for the princely sum of £14.93 from Amazon, scooping seed compost into pots from my new, very exciting potting tray also bought from Amazon for £12.95. And I was happy.

Monday was the day when broad beans were sown into root-trainers, aubergines and cucumbers and tomatoes were settled into their pots and put into the propagator on the windowsill, together with sunflower seeds for the cutting garden. Antirrhinum, papaver and nigella were scattered across trays of compost and covered with black plastic a la Sarah Raven. This time last year I was busy working on another garden so, with time for my own garden in short supply, I went down the plug plant route for my veg. And very good it was too. This year I’ve got a bit more time, and seeds hanging around from the year before, and I’m experimenting with a few different ways of germination on the basis that, as with so many garden tasks, there seem to be a number of different approaches, so it’s a suck-it-and-see situation. Messing around with these things on Monday made me happy.

Added to which, this week in the garden my new hamamelis is blooming.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’

The February Gold daffodils I planted a few years back are getting ready to live up to their names, the new bulbs I planted last year in the long grass of the field garden are appearing in their dozens, there are tulips showing their leaves in the cutting bed, hellebores by the drive.

Heavenly Hellebores 

Everything is stepping up a gear. More reasons to be happy.

Another day this week with more than its fair share of happy moments was Sunday, when I went to the Snowdrop Fair at Great Comp. I had thought the snowdrops in my garden were looking pretty darn good.

Snowdrops in my garden

Until I saw the spectacular scenes in the wooded acres of this well known garden and nursery. Dysons Nurseries at Great Comp are famous for their salvias, but at this time of year it’s the snowdrops that are doing their spectacular thing. But more than the snowdrops, it was the great drifts of the spring snowflake, that took my breath away.

I hadn’t been aware of this particular Leocojum vernum with its delicate double bonnets.  I am now. Came home with a couple of plants to start them off in my own garden.

Leocojum vernum var.vagneri

I also bought one snowdrop plant to put a bit of wind up the chaps back home and remind them not to be complacent. This is Galanthus ‘Mrs Thompson’ – which according to the label can have 3, 4 or even 5 ‘outers’, and increases well. Which as the sole representative of this particular plant in my garden it’s going to have to do!

Galanthus ‘Mrs Thompson’

I flirted with buying Galanthus Seagull, but the £20 the bulb cost wasn’t in my purse. Probably a good thing. I was getting carried away.

My other purchase was a stunning Helleborus x hybridus double. To go with my rather varied selection of hellebores in the bed by the drive.

Helleborus x hybridus double

Who couldn’t feel happy looking at this beauty!




11 thoughts on “Happy Days

  1. smallsunnygarden

    What a lot of beauties 🙂 especially that double Hellebore…! The double Leucojum is wonderful too. I never knew why, but L. vernum was more or less unavailable even in my earlier garden, where the climate should have been suitable. So I’m doubly 😉 fascinated to see your special.


    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Amy. I’m rather intrigued by these Leocojum too because there were great swathes of them at Great Comp and I can’t think why I haven’t come across them before.

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  2. I often have moments like that especially when I’m in the garden. A couple of weeks ago the light suddenly felt like it changed and it was spring rather than winter. That made me very 😊


  3. You made me think with this post. A murky mizzly foggy yuck greeted me on Sunday morning and persisted until today when Storm Doris blew it all away along with 24 feet of my garden fence. But while I can’t claim to be exactly happy at the moment, I’m not exactly unhappy either. I have loads of seedlings morphing into young plants, I’m still fit enough (just) to replace the fencing myself, the cold frame’s full of post-frost promise and I had a case of wine delivered today. Yep, overall I suppose I am happy (but not exactly). 🙂

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    1. Great to get your comment, John. I can’t imagine that losing your fence brought you too many happy moments! But a case of wine can go a long way to redressing the balance!! And I so know that overall happy but not exactly thing – I’m trying not to allow the garden challenges to cast a shadow over the garden pleasures but I’m not always successful.


  4. Wow! I would be more than happy if I had plants in the greenhouse and that gorgeous double hellebore. Your season is a bit ahead of ours here in Indiana, so I’m chomping at the bit!


    1. I love to hear about what’s happening in Indiana! One of my great pleasures in sharing the gardening blogworld is hearing about the challenges of different gardens. Hope your chomping sees some action soon.


  5. I totally agree that a little bit of sun at this time of year makes all the difference! What could be better than sowing seeds in the greenhouse, thinking about all the promise of the season yet to come!
    Loving that double hellebore – it looks most ‘unhellebore’- like and very exotic!


    1. Great to get your comment! Storm Doris seems to have put paid to that wonderful warm patch, hasn’t it! And I agree about the exotic hellebore – it’s like some glamorous foreign relative. I’ve just popped over to visit you at your blog and love the look of your garden.


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