Friday, 8 March 2013

One Sunny Day

It is that special time of year when the tentative first signs of spring start appearing. Crocus and Snowdrops are providing a taster of the flowers to come and the birds are beginning to sing. Inside I started the peppers, chillis and tomatoes. And lo! The first warm and sunny day has arrived. I can never resist getting a couple of my succulents outside to soak up some much needed sun.

It is still months away before they can be left outside off course  nevertheless a little bit of sunshine will do them good. The sun is not yet strong enough to burn them and this way they get re accustomed to her rays.

The Aeoniums in particular seem to immediately change colour. Schwarzkopf especially is noticeably darker a couple of hours in. Aeonium sunburst cristata will begin to show its pink stripes.

Aloe plicatilis and Aloe polyphylla have lost a lot of their gel and their leaves are thin instead of plump. But with a bit of water and sunshine they should plump right up again.

Unfortunately this taster of spring will end tomorrow when a cold front will drop down from Scandinavia and bring the frost and snow. Hopefully spring will be right around the corner because this little taster has proven irresistible.

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