Moorland Observations

 How can it be, that every year–and I’ve known a great number–Spring comes as a miracle quite beyond my expectations?  In the hard days of Winter, when favourite plants and shrubs are battered, blown and frozen, you have to think that none of them can possibly survive.  Winter 2010 was harder than most, and certainly we all lost many of our old reliable garden delights. But when the sun warms a little bit, and the days are lighter, the faithful survivors are once again bringing a smile to my face, and a quiet word of greeting and thanks. More is not always better, and the sight of a knobby bud on a Hellebore, or a peep of yellow on the primrose, causes a whole new feeling to life. It WILL be wonderful again, sunny and blue-skied, bursting with green and flowery plants. Sure enough, by now, the 30th of March there…

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