A blossom walk to work

We can all admit to driving from A to B and not remembering how we got there.  This also happens when doing the same walk every day.  We are so wrapped up in our own thoughts we take for granted what is around us and just do not notice it anymore.  When I did my Last Winter Walk to the Seaside with my camera it made me realise how lovely the tree lined road was and how odd the Olive trees were in the park.  Sometimes it is good just to stand still and look at a local scene as though you were a stranger.  You will be surprised at what you will see and what you might not have noticed before – what is the saying “looking at things through fresh eyes”.  

Following my pictorial walk to the sea, I do now try to be more observant when out and about.   Also I take my camera with me everywhere.  It is a little digital Fuji FinePix, nothing grand and I wouldn’t dare call myself a photographer, anymore than call myself a doctor just because I can remove splinters, but I am learning how to take better photos. 

This morning I took photos of all the different types of blossom I passed on my walk to work.  I didn’t have to go far, the first blossom was the wonderful Skimmia by my garden gate, I love the combination of berries and blossom.  The red, white and green always makes me think this plant would be better blooming at Christmas. 



 As I looked to my left, I saw the wonderful frothy quince blossom, looking fantastic this year.  I feel there will be a need to knock on my neighbour’s door and lots of quince jelly being made later.



 I did ignore forsythia and bergenia – sorry if you think these should be included in a Spring Blossom walk.  Although there is nothing wrong with them and they are all part and parcel of Spring I find them uninspiring and absolutely everywhere.   Having said that so is Ribes but that comes in different shades, such as this very pretty pink one.  I had a lovely Ribes once called “Porky Pink” I have not been able to find it again.

Pretty pink Ribes
I am useless at remembering when things flowered the year earlier.  Some people say with great confidence “Oh the blossom is much earlier this year” but if the truth be known, I haven’t a clue when it all came into flower last year.   I have noticed that the magnificant magnolia seems to be flowering at different stages.  The one by my mother is almost out, and the one I passed this morning was in bud, but nevertheless it is a great sight.
There were some other lovely blossom trees but they were in front gardens and at 8:30 in the morning I was acutely aware of:  “Daddy, there is a strange lady taking photos of our tree/house”, so I whimped out.
My last photo is of a blossom tree that appears to be in abundance in Worthing but it is pretty so I couldn’t miss it out,  it was in the garden of a block of flats so I felt a little braver.  I had to stop there it was getting late so I had to get a wriggle on.  I hope next time you go from A to B you remember and notice what is around you.


  1. Wow beautiful photos.
    The spring blossom is absolutely stunning and a real eye opener to the world. Thank you Ronnie for putting these up – even if you think forsythia is so common which it is but forsythia reminds me of my childhood garden so I love it!


  2. Ronnie, I’m a first time visitor to your blog. This post really resonated for me because I have a one-mile walk to work that takes me down a street of many lovely gardens. I find that as spring develops, it takes me longer and longer to get to work (because there is so much to stop and look at in these gardens)! One of these days, I may do what you did — take my camera with me and document the beautiful sights on my walk to work. -Jean


    • Hello Jean, welcome to my blog and thank you for calling by. I do hope you found it interesting enough to become a regular visitor. It is a wonderful way to ‘meet’ people and discover new blogs. I called over to your blog and read about your mud!


  3. Lovely! I absolutely love these “walk” posts – its so interesting to see how different the neighbourhoods the world over look from a gardening perspective. I had to giggle about you wimping out when the kid told his dad you were taking photos – last time I did my neighbourhood walk a woman came scuttling out of her house demanding to know if I was a Real estate agent! She didn’t seem to believe me when I said it was for my garden blog 🙂


  4. What lovely photos Ronnie and of such glorious subjects. You are so right in saying that we are often so busy in our thoughts that we forget to see what is in front of us and this is a beautiful and timely reminder to all that Spring is here and it is a fleeting moment so we should all take a moment and enjoy its beauties. Thanks Ronnie!


  5. Lovely photos Ronnie, don’t do yourself down! I particularly love that quince – perhaps because there is the dual delight of lovely flowers to be followed by tasty fruit. An dyou are so right to remind us to be aware of what is around us, so much is so easy to miss in our busy lives, and a lot of the Spring beauty is so fleeting.


    • thank you Janet. The quince blossom is wonderful this year and I hope it produces lots of lovely fruit. “thinks”… how many things can you do with a quince?


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