On the final day of winter, the contrast with last year couldn’t be more apparent. This year nothing is dead. Nothing at all.
Even the Echium Pininanas (pictured below), more than 100 of them, have survived the cold. This is the first time in 4 years that any Echiums have survived. And although we can’t relax our guard completely just yet, plants seem to be approaching the spring with confidence.
Cannas in the cold unheated greenhouse are beginning to shoot; Gunnera, likewise, outside. In the kitchen garden the chives, parsley, sorrel and rhubarb are showing strong signs of growth. And the first Camellia of spring (pictured above) has already produced lovely big healthy blooms.
Goodness knows what the year’s got in store, but it’s got off to a splendid start.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.