Look Up and Smell the Blossom

I’ve been so busy looking downwards, watching and waiting for the daffodils and now the tulips to burst into colour, I have almost missed the wonderful blossom there is is around at the moment. 

The warmth has brought everything out in abundance, we just keep our fingers crossed that the blossom doesn’t get nipped by a late frost.  We are all to aware not to get complacent and caught out by cold nights and should still keep the fleece handy until the end of April.   Although we can’t cover the blossom trees with fleece! 

There is a breathtakingly beautiful blossom tree around the corner from me, on my way to my Mum’s nursing home.  I have no idea what it is but it has a real cotton wool look about it.  It was seeing this today, that spurred me into taking photos so I could write a post showing off blossoms on the 26 March 2017.

The Magnolias are looking particularly splendid this year, and the one above is in the garden of Mum’s home.  I do envy those residents who open their curtains and can see this so close up.   


My neighbours Quince is covered in pretty dark pink blossom.  The little House Sparrows love sitting in this tree and chirp away to their hearts content.   


Growing up against the front garden wall is an old Skimmia.  What endears me to this shrub is the white blossom in Spring together with the red berries that are on it all year round.   It is so good to look at from my lounge window.

In my back garden, there is a large ball of yellow.  I’m sure the forsythia is better this year than it has been for ages.


One of my favourite spring blossoms is the flowering Ribes, despite its pungent cat smell later as the flowers begin to die off. 


As a promise of things to come, the lilac tree is covered in tiny little buds so will give a grand display of lilac blossom before too long.   A few years ago it was heavy with blossom and you could catch its perfume way down the road, so fingers crossed it will deliver this year. 

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2017

Oh what a delight it is seeing colour in the garden and to be able to take lots of photos for GBBD this 15th March 2017.

We are experiencing a few mild days here on the Sussex south coast,  which is warming up the garden and bringing everything into life.  However, while writing this there is a news report on the TV about snow blizzards and icy winds on the East Coast of the USA, and I do hope it doesn’t come our way.  I am all too aware of snow in April, but there is always hope that it won’t happen.

I am really happy with the variety of daffodils and narcissus in the garden, and there are many more waiting to burst into flower, so plenty opportunities to take more photos.  It really is adding brightness around the back garden,albeit hosting minute slugs which are nibbling away at the petals.

Rather than write any more for you to read,  I am just going to post photos instead in colour sections to enjoy.

BLUE

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CHINIODOXA

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YELLOW

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FORSYTHIA

PINK

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RIBES

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HELLEBORES

PURPLE

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PRIMULAS

WHITE

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PIERIS ‘Forest Flame’

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PRIMULA

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TULIP KAUFMANNIANA ‘ACILLA’
I have a ‘wild’ bit at the end of the garden, which is quite overgrown with ivy and a pile of wood that I leave as a bug hotel.   In amongst all of this there arie some proper primroses, which along with daffodils, I see as a true harbinger of spring.

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On the 15th of each month Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts this meme.  Please hop over there and take a look at all the contributions to Carol’s GBBD as well as looking at her lovely garden.

Spring Has Sprung

I can’t believe how lucky I have been this week.  In need of a break, I took this week off work and the weather has been fabulous!  Unseasonably warm, at least until yesterday when a sea mist hung around all day and the day had a slight chill to it.  It was so lovely being outside and I tidied up the garden and did a stock take of what I had. Today is sunny, not quite as warm, but still good to be out in.  I always experience a sense of joy as I look around this time off the year and see all the dearly loved plants from the year before making another welcome appearance.  

The garden is full of spring colour I want to share it with you.   Before winter took hold I planted a large number of daffodil bulbs from an assortment bag.  Not as many as I expected appeared but those that have are so pretty and varied. 

     The primroses and primulas have spread well over the years.   

 The other yellow spring flower is Forsythia, it is like a bright yellow ball at the bottom of the garden.  The tiny Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) and the Forget-me-nots are beginning to create a pretty blue haze.  You may have noticed something white on the soil.  This is slug deterant scattered as a barrier around the Day Lilies because the slugs and snails have chomped a few of them down to stumps.  

 Take a look at the peony above!  Doesn’t it look great?  I love the dark red stems at this time of the year.  

I have to share the beautiful Ribes with you.  Such a shame that this shrub will start to smell of cat in a few months time.  Only another 5 days to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I will be able to share more blooms with you, especially if the weather remains warm.  The garden is so happy and, coming up to two years following the removal of the bowel cancer, so am I to still be here to enjoy it.   

Seven Signs of Spring

Miracle of miracles, we have had a few mild days, it hasn’t rained or snowed and the sun has been shining!   There are signs of Spring bursting through which makes the world seem a whole heap better.

There are so many plants in bud and once I started it was actually quite difficult to single out just seven signs of Spring on this Sunday but here they are:-

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Ribes (Flowering Currant)

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Spirea

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Wallflowers

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Tulips

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Forsythia

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Peony

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Oh dear, this is where I came across a problem with limiting myself just to seven.  How can I do a post about signs of Spring without daffodils so I am going to add an  8th photo to my Seven Signs.  These are Tete-a-Tete and grow by the front door – such a cheery sight.

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The weather forecast is for another cold snap with possibly more snow.  Fingers crossed that it doesn’t put back the move towards what will be a very welcome Spring.

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End of Month View: December 2012

It wouldn’t be a blog about an English garden, if there was no mention of the weather.  At the very beginning of December, we had heavy frosts for days, which saw the end of a number of our annuals.

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At the end of December, in fact for the last few weeks, we have seen warmer weather but torrential, incessant rain, leading to flooding of rivers, roads and fields.  The majority of us are suffering from waterlogged gardens, making it almost impossible to do any work in the garden, when we can get out between the gaps in the rain.

wet gardenThis morning, Sunday 30 December, we have a break in the rain (for the time being anyway), the sun shone and the sky was blue, so I donned my new winter gardening boots and headed outside with my camera to do the End of Month View for December, before it started to rain again.

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There is a sign of Spring, which is quite heartening.   The snowdrops are bursting through, and so are the daffodils, although these are the established ones,  the daffodil bulbs I planted last month are yet to decide to make an appearance.   I also saw that the Day Lillies are sending out new shoots, but something is eating them so they look a little ragged.

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Putting the camera to one side for a while, I spiked the flowerbeds to help the rain water drain away, and where the rain had flattened the soil, I hoed gently around the shoots.  Then I emptied out the bottom of the compost bin and spread some very healthy looking homemade compost.

compost Collecting the camera again, I found plants that I was not expecting to be sending out new shoots just yet.  The Verbena Bonariensis is producing new leaves, the Astrantia also has new leaves, and the Sedum is ready to grow again.

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There is a lot of growth going on in the garden, which is exciting but I do hope it is not too damaged by another bout of freezing weather we are sure to get before Spring arrives.   Someone should tell that to the Forsythia and the Elder (Sambucus Nigra) because they are full of buds.

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I still have some leeks left, and the Swiss Chard is looking such a fabulous colour, with wonderful new dark glossy leaves, so rather than pull it up, a job I had planned to do today,  I removed the old leaves and decided to leave it until the cold weather gets to it.

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Much to my surprise the parsley is looking healthier than I have ever seen it and it has taken over the herb pot.   I need to cut the fennel down to the ground shortly but it is covered in new fresh green, fluffy looking leaves so that, like that Chard, is having a stay of execution for the moment.

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At this time of the year it is lovely to see that there are some flowers in the garden.  The  very pretty, purple/orange Erysium (perennial wallflower) is in full flower and the variegated variety with the yellow flower is just about to send out some tiny buds.

Erysium The Iceberg Rose by my front door is covered in buds.  I love this rose, as it never fails to flower over Christmas, meaning I can have roses in the house in the winter.

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The Hellebores (Lenten Rose) are flowering now also.  They are growing underneath the Choysia (Mexican Orange Blossom) so don’t get much light at all, I think therefore my next job will be to cut back the Choysia to release them from their dark environment.  As I write this I am listening to Gardeners Question Time on the radio where, by coincidence, they are talking about thinning Choysias .  Apparently if I am careful I can thin it out at any time of the year by taking out old shoots, leaving last year’s new growth to harden off for flowering next year.

Hellebore Whilst no longer flowering, the Penstemon and Hot Lips Salvia are looking very healthy, despite being in some very boggy surroundings.

penstemon and salviaI moved some foxgloves in the summer to a different part of the garden, as they were looking rather feeble and not flowering.  Clearly they like their new home and have more than doubled in size so fingers crossed for some great flowers from them next year.

foxglovesFinally a reminder that Spring is really not too far away – I like to be positive! – the garden is full of Forget-me-Nots (Mysotis).  Despite pulling them up every year, the seeds have spread themselves to ensure that they will always appear.  That’s what Mother Nature is all about.

forget me notsThis is the last End of Month View for 2012 and thank you Helen (Patient Gardener) for hosting this meme.   I wish all of you a very happy New Year and plenty of sunshine for gardening days in 2013.

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