O Spring!

29 Mar

The island has awoken from its winter slumber. Hibiscus buds have started to uncurl, stretching their petals in the sunlight. The feral chickens (yes, we have wild chickens here!) now have a trail of fluffy feral chicks cheeping behind them. Tree frogs have started to sing their squeaky chorus at dusk. Days are warmer, and evenings lighter. And bare white knees have started to appear, which can only mean that tourist season has officially opened.

When we moved to Bermuda we arrived at the start of winter. It was beautiful then, but we knew we were seeing the island at its worst. Now it’s becoming warmer, lighter and more colourful.

A sleepy looking tree frog in one of our flowerpots (he's as big as your thumbnail, but his squeak is very, very loud!)

With the arrival of spring, Rich and I have started cultivating our garden area. We have two patios and a patch of grass to make pretty. We’ve cleared away the cobwebs and the weeds, put down mulch and begun potting plants. There’s something very satisfying about plunging your hands into soil and pulling back the earth to make a space for new flowers to thrive. And tropical weather means we can grow tropical flowers! Once we’d carefully removed the family of tree frogs and the baby lizard that had been hanging out in our flowerpots, we planted begonias and snapdragons, osteospermums (coloured daisies) and the most gorgeous peachy-yellow hibiscus, which makes me stop and stare at its beauty every time I walk past the patio doors.

Our beautiful new hibiscus plant

Soon we will add Butterfly Milkweed and Amaryllis and a planter of herbs which will become our ready-made seasoning for our summer diet of barbecued meats and fish. In a rented condo, you are limited in ways of making the space your own, but planting and nurturing a garden, albeit a potted one, is truly ours.

Spring in Bermuda is stunning, not only for its current beauty but for its promises of summer – balmy nights eating al fresco; sunsets over the harbour; flying through the turquoise ocean on jet skis… I can’t wait to see what the next few months will bring!

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6 Responses to “O Spring!”

  1. Hugga Mumma 29 March, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Suzanne

    I am so very jealous! We will have to wait some time for those balmy evenings which may never actually happen! Enjoy it while you can.

    Best wishes

    • suscatty 29 March, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      Hi Sally

      Well, apparently last Wednesday it was warmer in London than it was in Bermuda, so perhaps there will be some balmy evenings in England too! And I must say I have missed the English spring – the sight of little lambs in the fields, and cherry blossom on the trees is such a gorgeous one! x

  2. Aunty Shal 30 March, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    Suz,

    The way you describe the Bermudan spring sounds so romantic, the perfect setting as you approach your first Wedding Anniversary!! Miss you, Lots of Love Shal xxx

    • suscatty 30 March, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      Hi Shal

      Thanks for your comment. I must say it is a very romantic place – I’m looking forward to our first dinner outside by the ocean! x

    • Rich 31 March, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks Aunty Shal for reminding me that our wedding anniversary is coming up, I’d forgotten 😀

      Better get something organised……

      xx

      • suscatty 1 April, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

        Thanks hubby! As if I would have let you forget! 😛 x

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