For a week or so now, I have wanted to tidy what we think of as the early spring bed under the magnolia tree.
The bed is home to our hellebores and snowdrops and as it is just outside of the windows at the side of the house it provides us with a cheerful picture early in the season.
I'd noticed that the hellebores were starting to form flower buds and so I needed to cut back last years foliage to let light through to the developing shoots.
The fallen magnolia leaves also lay thickly around and on top of the plants.
Saturday bucked the trend of recent gloomy weather and and I was encouraged out into the garden by a few rays of sunshine falling exactly where I needed to work.
A bag of hellebore and dry magnolia leaves later the shoots were revealed from their hiding place,
Some shoots were just beginning to push through the soil.
Others had flower buds ready formed.
Some had made good progress having pushed through where the carpet was at its thinnest.
I did clear away some leaves to reveal hidden treasure.