I love bringing the outside in and a few sprigs of Spring really cheer me up, especially when they’re yellow. The early winter Aconite and Crocus dropped their petals in protest when I picked them but now they’re making way for the delicate creamy yellow of the primrose and the ever reliable Daffodil and Narcissus. The scented ones are worth hunting down, if you buy them ‘in the green’ you can enjoy their flowers and scent at home, then plant them in the garden for next year.
Garden shrubs like the Forsythia come into their own now too. I’m not really a fan of the Forsythia, it’s in my opinion an untidy, brash bush that screams suburbia of the 70’s. Yet after moving house and inheriting one, I can now appreciate the flowers for their instant pop of colour and their long stems add height, so they might be growing on me… a little bit. Once the flowers are over I’ll be cutting the plant back hard, to ensure a tidier plant with lots of long flower spikes next year. Sticking with the retro theme I paired my flowers with a Bond poster by Michael Gillette, one of a set created to celebrate author Ian Fleming’s 100th birthday back in 2008.
Beyond the garden, our hedges and woods reveal acid green catkins, yellow tinged pussy willow, primroses and celandines for a splash of yellow sunshine, whatever the weather.