Pandora's Box

So is it Spring yet?  It's the vernal equinox is today - so Spring is here.  I can stop asking 'are we nearly there yet'.  Yesterday was certainly a spring-like day - it was the day all the butterflies were let out of their box (apparently Pandora is a collector) - such joy at seeing a little fluttering. 

Love the clear blue of these anemones - they come up year after year, the wild bit of my garden shows spring first with its snow drops, then the crocuses.  As the crocuses start to go over the anemones start to show and the fritillaria meleagris are waiting in the wings.  

I have been dividing quite few plants this year, mainly geraniums and astrantias so far.  These are the plants that have been in the garden the longest, now in their fourth year, so they are getting quite large so they need dividing for their own health.  Also, and this is a big reason too, I have lots of new border I have to fill and plants for free are my best way of filling them.  This has two benefits - free plants are not a draw on my increasingly limited resources (thanks economic downtown!) but also it means that there is a nice rhythm developing across the garden.  The repetition of the same plants makes the informality of the planting less bitty and bobby.

So hello Spring - glad to see you again after such a long, cold winter.  Pandora has let the butterflies go and Hope is working overtime.