With the winter we had this year, with the rain and the cold and with everything growing rapidly and one thing or another, I haven’t done that much in the garden..

I have a lot of pruning to do, a lot of weeding and I should have done that already, but when do you get the time?….

I hope things improve this weekend as I haven’t done a good job so far this year!

At least during the recent busy period there are some plants that have woken from their winter sleep and are showing the way towards spring.

Of the two Japanese Maple Trees one of them has already sprouted the first leaves and it looks wonderful.

It needs to be pruned though, as it is too densely packed in the centre and shouldn’t be left like that.


The second Japanese Maple with the red leaves is still asleep but walking past it yesterday I saw little buds starting to appear.. I think it will start to wake up within the week.

The roses I bought from Avrami last year need hard pruning and fertiliser. And a spray with bug spray to avoid the worst. They have some flowers already which are so pretty I will wait for a few days before I prune them.


The stars of the garden this year are the Narcissi which I bought from my friend Pavlos Giannaro in Sokratous Street in Athens. I will write a separate article about Narcissi on the site when they all come into flower, but for me they are the best spring flowers of all and I really love them! Until now only two varieties have blossomed but I am expecting the rest within the week to be in bloom.

I would like to say at this point the people I refer to- I am not advertising them or their products or shops… I don’t know who has the Avrami plant nursery and I don’t really care either!

I have known Pavlos for years and I trust him implicitly about plants but generally whenever I mention places, people or products here it’s not to publicise them its because I love them and use them myself.

I hope to update you on the garden soon.


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