How does your garden grow?
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WE COULD all do with some silver bells and cockle shells in our lives right now after a tough 12 months!
However, the vaccine rollout in Moray is going well and lockdown is starting to ease.
From Monday, April 5 garden centres were allowed to reopen.
The weather didn't play ball unfortunately with freezing temperatures, snowfall and gale-force winds at the start of this week.
After months in cold storage, the garden centres will be hoping the warmer spring weather returns quickly so they can make up for lost time.
When the sun shines there is nothing better than getting out on the garden and getting your hands dirty, or going for a walk in your local park, enjoying the flowers and the wildlife.
To celebrate the start of better weather, The Northern Scot and its sister papers across the Moray and Grampian area are asking the question: How does your garden grow?
And the good news is your name doesn't have to be Mary to take part.
Between now and September we are asking you to share the emerging and changing colour in your life and your gardens with our readers - just to spread the joy and give everyone a boost.
And for a little extra incentive, our friends at Threaplands garden centre at Lhanbryde have kindly agreed to put up a £20 voucher each month for the best photo (in the opinion of our in-house, green-fingered judges).
We will share as many of your photos online and in print as we can, so keep them coming. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
And look out for Highland News and Media's Garden of the Year competition this summer too.