Spring garden in Fife, Scotland

It seemed like Spring arrived early this year with everything beginning to bloom sooner than expected. Well it has mainly been a very mild winter with very little in the way of snow, and what we did get melted very quickly.


The crocuses above are multiplying each year, but they only look their best when the sun is shining on them. Typically we got the heaviest of snow after everything began to flower and I thought that the delicate snowdrops, aconites and primulas would be flattened, but they’re not as fragile as they look.

When warmish weather appeared after that I had intended to get stuck into the garden and clear away the winter debris, but suddenly the wind seemed to be coming from Siberia again and it was just too cold to brave it. I can’t wait to start gardening again though.

The winter aconites below are already seeding themslves around the garden, I always feel so lucky when that happens, flowers for free, just because they’re happy.

The clump of primulas below really needs to be split up, I must remember to do it when they stop flowering, which probably won’t be for another month or two. They’re such good value.


I’m never sure if my hellebores below are Christmas roses or Lenten roses as they always flower in between the two festivals.

Isn’t the snowdrop below a beauty? They’re clumping up nicely but this one below seems to be a bit of a loner, splendid in its isolation. It reminds me of a wind turbine, and I mean that in the nicest possible way, as I happen to think that wind turbines look elegant.


Last week I received my free tree and dog rose seeds from The Woodland Trust in the post, and they’re germinating already. Exciting times! I’ll keep you posted on their development.

18 thoughts on “Spring garden in Fife, Scotland

  1. How gorgeous! I am envious of your garden which I have admired before and of your early spring. It was -4 degrees F when we woke up this morning so I think we are going to have to wait a while for things to start blooming. Of course, the weather has been so crazy you just never know. A week or two ago it was 70 degrees F. Anyway, I wish I had your green thumb.

    • Jennifer,
      Most of last week we had ice on any puddles and they’re still gritting the roads, but those spring flowers are tougher than they look. It’s supposed to be cool here until after May, but I don’t think they can predict that far ahead. The weather is going crazy though.

  2. How lovely to see your spring blooms! Something I’ll never experience here in the warmth of Florida?. Those snowdrops are amazing, and it’s wonderful to see such an up close view.


    • Paula,
      I must admit I would hate to live somewhere that didn’t have proper seasons. They do say that our seasons are the reason for all those romantic poets – after a hard winter the flowers inspired them.

  3. It will be very encouraging for you to see these signs of spring. I hope the coming season is kind to your garden, and I wish you success with your seeds – what kinds of tree-seeds?

    • Valerie,
      The trees are a mixture, a sort of lucky dip featuring rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, hawthorn, holly, hazel, crab apple and more. It’ll be interesting to see what comes up.

    • Joan,
      The crocuses are especially lovely when the sun shines on them, unfortunately we haven’t had much sun in the last week or so. I hope you manage to get some kind of a garden soonish!

  4. Well, of course I’m in rapture gazing at what’s current in your garden. So beautiful and worth dwelling over again and again. How do you do it? You must have the feeling, looking out upon your garden, that you’ve created **something** out of nothing. Really! I so enjoy watching it all unfold. Thanks so much for posting this. It quite cheers me up and inspires me.

    • Judith,
      I suppose the garden is coming on, we haven’t been here three years yet and there was nothing but grass in it, but I’m very impatient. I suppose I just miss my old mature garden.

  5. Gorgeous photos Katrina! And of course beautiful blooms. The wind is fierce here too, and it’s turned very squally. My hopes of March seeing the start of the year’s gardening are currently on hold. More reading time, so every cloud and all that!

    (I also think wind turbines are elegant. We have one in our line of sight – on the horizon – and I love it.)

    • Sandra,
      I’m champing at the bit to get out there and get stuck in. I’m starting seeds off indoors anyway. Some people would hate having a wind turbine within sight I’m sure, I think you’re lucky!

  6. Oh your beautiful flowers! Even though spring keeps trying to arrive here is has not yet succeeded. We have a few warm days followed by several cold days. We are ina cold stretch at the moment and expecting snow on Sunday. Sigh.

    • Stefanie,
      It’s still coming and going here too but I don’t think it’ll be getting as cold as it does where you are – or as hot for that matter! We had iced up puddles last week though.

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