|Crocus in Kongens Have 2008|
The first month of the spring season has arrived and though we still have night frosts forecast until mid-March at least, it does seem that milder weather has finally arrived.
We’ve agreed to have a builder come and do the drain for the garden, and he will get started as soon as possible, which probably means around April 1st when we can reasonably expect the night frost to be completely gone. Of course we do risk a wet spring which could delay the plans, and the Danish April weather is notoriously unreliable. An old Danish saying goes April cannot be trusted; each day she wears a new dress…
I look forward to a weekend in the garden; the meteorologists are promising me sunshine and mild temperatures so I can hopefully get some of the things done that I have kept on postponing, like painting garden furniture and maybe planting up some pots.
I also need to begin drawing up more detailed planting schemes for the planned borders and the raised vegetable beds; I think we have enough to create a lush and blooming garden already, and I do have an overall plan for the garden, but the details need to be filled in so we can get cracking with the sowing and planting as soon as the drain digging is done.
I also need to work out where to make temporary homes for the plants that need to be removed before the drain digging starts; there are a few smallish shrubs and a fair number of perennials that need to be taken out of harm’s way, even though many of them will eventually end up in roughly the same places. Perhaps I can clear some ground for that this weekend, but at least I can have a walk around the garden and find out where it would be easy to create a temporary holding pen.
And finally a few numbers: In Denmark today will be 3 hours and 46 minutes longer than the shortest day of the winter. (The shortest day was 6 hours and 57 minutes.) Even if we still have frost at night, the sheer fact that the night is so much shorter makes it quite clear that winter is on its last breath.