Lots of bloggers are posting photos of the signs of the end of winter in their gardens but Spring moves north at 15 miles a day apparently and it definitely hasn't reached here yet .There's only so much a fake tulip can do for one
so to cheer myself up I went to the garden centre to admire serried ranks of pansies . They're Reduced this week but none were being bought yet . It's much too cold to plant them out .... it was minus 5 a couple of nights ago
But all that colour was reviving !
I then cruised through the gardening equipment ( since when was the lawn clippings bit at the back an optional 45 Euro extra on a lawnmower ? ) .Then to Gardeners accoutrements .... vaguely Cath Kidston trowels and Gardeners apparel ... vaguely Cath Kidston gloves and wellies . A quick whizz round the tanks of fish and cat toys , a nod to the gnomes
and a goggle at the banks of silk ( nylon ? ) flowers for those who can't wait .
And home , clutching my only purchase
And , by the way , when you get home , frozen solid and famished , it's handy to have a pot of mixed olives and artichoke hearts marinaded in chili oil in the cupboard . Throw some in a pan with a courgette , garlic , onion and a tin of chopped tomatoes and bubble down while you cook pasta . It would wake the dead .