Friday, 13 May 2016

In the garden again

 
The blossom on the wild cherry is perfection in its white delicacy.
 


 
In the garden the intense yellow green sings of May,  here smyrnium perfolitatum, a triennial.



And here euphorbia characias.  If I were an insect I would live in it.



 
Or maybe in these magnolias.  Look at the thick creamy sculpted flowers.  What a home they would make.

 
Out in the orchard the apple trees are coming into flower.
 
 




And in the pots in front of the house an explosion of orange tulips: Ballerina, Hermitage and Couleur Cardinal.  Can we just hold the moment for a little longer?

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  1. It really is a magical time of year isn't it! Those tulips look wonderful, ballerina is my favourite, though I am really enjoying prinse Irene this year too. So good to see you taking such pleasure from your garden again.

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    1. I love ballerina too. I keep trying others but always come back to her!

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  2. More great things will follow, too, you'll see.... XXX

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    1. this is the best time for us Anne but I must work on later in the year if/when I get my gardening mojo back.

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  3. Your garden looks pleased to see you, rolling out the red carpet!

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    1. what s lovely way of putting it Diana!

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  4. I love the thought of living in a magnolia blossom. I'd choose to live in one of the flowering cherries here that bloom in enormous pink ice-cream scoop balls. All that you are enjoying now, we have enjoyed already. We have enjoyed a very early spring, with day after day of temperatures above 20 and many days over 25. You still have the pleasures of the lilacs and early roses to come - so beautiful. I know you'll enjoy every minute, every blossom.

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    1. you are right. there is much that is lovely to come. but there is something about may...

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  5. oh those tulips just gorgeous x

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    1. aren't they fabulous? I am rather addicted to orange tulips. funny Bacchae for the rest of the year there is not much orange in evidence!

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  6. I love apple blossom time - it's a special time in the garden. I never knew there were triennials, I must find out more...

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    1. I don't know any other triennial than the smyrnium Michelle!

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  7. Thank you! A glorious display. Such a beautiful time of year.

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    1. it is probably my favourite time of year. may is just wonderful.

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  8. These are such gorgeous pictures, Elizabeth!
    I have just come back from England and those brought back lovely memories.
    The euphorbia is extra stunning!

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    1. it is the iconic English spring isn't it?

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  9. Elizabeth, perhaps your beautiful photographs will help to extend the exquisite moment. I am so glad that you've shared them with us.

    The brilliant yellow green triennial is amazing. I am not sure that I've ever seen this before. If so, I somehow forgot its glory.

    xo

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    1. Smyrnium is a strange plant Frances. You don't see it very often but if it takes root in your garden it is with you for the long haul. It has taken me a long time to get it established!

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  10. I came across you blog via Shropshire bloggers.

    Your garden flowers are looking beautiful :-)

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    1. Great to meet you! And thank you. i can't take any credit but they are doing lovely things all on their own.

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  11. Beautiful magnolia. I'm spending all my time in the garden watering at the moment. Please send rain!

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    1. Looks like rain for the next few days!

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  12. Everything looks so lush and well card for. The colours are stunning x

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    1. There is something about the zing of the orange and of the lime green that really lifts the spirits. I wonder if I am getting keener on strong colours as I get older, and if so , I wonder why!

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  13. Sumptuous blooms. May is a wonderful month in the garden. Gorgeous tulips – Ballerina is one of my favourites.

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    1. I love ballerina too. I keep trying various others but it is hard to beat both the swooningly orange colour and the elegance of the flower.

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  14. Isn't it wonderful to see the blossoms and flowers!

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  15. Sighing and sighing over the beauty of your garden, of floral spring in general as well . . . yes, would that we could hold on to it a bit longer...

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    1. Today is a day to sing about. I love may!

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  16. Gorgeous colours, especially in the sunshine, isn't spring great :)

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  17. We have a beautiful white magnolia in our newest garden and it will be staying unlike most of the other plants. I love them despite their shortlived display. Reading your last post was so pertinant. I have recently been reading View from a high Peak another of those original CL bloggers who kept it up. Having regrets and would love to have been able to look back on a similar diary myself but sadly can't even access my earlier stuff, technology and a disjointed life got in the way. Xx

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    1. How good to hear from you again! I am glad I kept it up too but haven't quite got back my sense of what I want to write since my dad died. I'm hoping that at some stage it all falls into place again!

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  18. Grief and it's impact make far reaching changes to the psyche. If we wait long enough the changes can be remarkable. I've been asked to grief counsel othersnow having been through the Grief wringer myself. Astonishing really.
    You ask us about the contract. I do believe you could be slicing chunks out of the phone book and I would read you. You write from the heart. Your devoted readers require nothing less.
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