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Stand back…..

…and be amazed! Yes two posts in one day and then not another for months ūüôā

A few weeks ago DH & I took photographs of some of the spring flowers in our garden and I promised Leslie I’d put them on my blog, I never seem to have got around to it even though Leslie has dropped ruddy great hints! Sorry Leslie, hope the wait was worth it.

white daffodils

There are several large drifts of these around the garden, yes we do have yellow ones too. At the last count we had around 28 different daffodils and in large quantities in the garden; I chose so many different ones as these were the first flowers to open for cutting, when we used to sell cut flowers then the daffodils were very useful. I would cut hundreds every week and make up bunches of them with added greenery. We had daffodils from second week of March through to the beginning of May Рof course that all depended on the weather and this year the daffodils, along with all the spring flowers, went over very quickly. The unseasonably warm spring brought the flowers on quickly and most spring flowers are more used to a cooler, damper climate consequently the flowering time was shortened.

Our next stalwarts for cut flowers were the tulips; I love tulips in their various colours and shapes except for the double-flowered varieties!

Tulips

primroses and tulips

 

 

Tulips and pot

The large pot that can be seen is a terracotta strawberry pot and stands approximately 3 feet tall. I’ve never grown strawberries in it but it is planted up with thymes, small hardy geraniums and a double-flowered¬†unusual (small white double flowers)¬†Campanula (bellflower). Those tulips were wonderful this year and so cheerful¬†in their boldness, it is difficult to see in these photos but the yellow ones had faint red streaks on some of the petals.

crown imperials

¬†Crown Imperials are majestic plants, they push themselves through the soil as early as possible. The leaves and bulbs have a very distinctive smell, difficult to describe although some garden writers say the plants smell “foxy” well all I can to say to that is that those writers have never experienced the smell foxes leave behind! The plants flower at around 30 inches tall, large downward facing bells with a crown or tuft of leaves; we have yellow and orange flowering ones.

spring flower mix

 There is a mixture here! At the back is a heavenly smelling viburnum shrub Рballs of white flowers tinged with pink, nearby is another shrub called spiraea and in front are more tulips with the remainder of the hyacinths that have just finished flowering. This little corner is close to a path so we enjoyed all the lovely scents as we walked along here.

stone trough

 Set in the middle of one of the lawned areas this stone trough, planted up with thymes and a small rose, acts as a traffic island when the grandchildren come over to play! The children whizz down the bank above the trough on their tricycles and go either side of the trough Рgreat fun!

Leaopards Bane

¬†Doesn’t this mass planting look cheerful? These plants are called Leopards Bane, so called as they are supposed to deter leopards and they must work as I’ve never seen a leopard in the garden!

clematis

 The first clematis to flower in this garden, it grows up the west side of the house wall through a rose and also twines itself around a hydrangea. Such a beautiful blue flower.

crab apple

¬†Can’t believe how early the apple blossom was this year, usually it is just thinking of opening whereas this year it has now finished! This is a beautiful tree with deep red leaves, dark pink flowers and produces prodigious amounts of small red apples. I have in the past made crab apple jelly with the fruit of this tree and delicious it is too. Behind this tree are two other apple trees – a cooker and an eater.

Liam & Dylan

¬†Liam and Dylan after whizzing down the bank, we then have to haul Dylan out of the trailer, where he is firmly wedged, so that Liam can push the whole ensemble back up the bank where Dylan is reinstated and off they go again! The¬†trike¬†and trailer are not a pair – the¬†trike¬†is an old one that permanently resides here for the children’s use and the trailer is brought along when Liam and Dylan come visiting, the trailer is then wired to the trike!

Liam drawing

¬†Dylan has gone to bed so Liam is indulging in some art work ūüôā

Brimstone butterfly

The brimstone butterfly is one of the first¬†butterflies to come out hibernation and one of the most difficult to photograph as it always closes its wings on alighting to imitate a leaf. This picture doesn’t do it any justice as it is a beautiful sulphur¬†yellow – hence its name. Well the male is a beautiful sulphur yellow, the female is much less paler in colour¬†but they both have red spots on their underwings.

The following pic doesn’t look much but is very interesting – well we found it very interesting!! It was something we had never seen before.

woven stems

We were¬†sat out in the garden enjoying a cup of tea, the sunshine and the birdsong when DH noticed some long slim insects flying past and seemingly to land on a patch of ground nearby. He went for a closer look to see what the insects were and what they were doing; the long slim insects turned out to be a small bee, about the size of your small finger’s nail carrying these dead stems.¬†Some of those stems measured 3 inches; the little bee¬†then wove the stems in and around others already in place. Absolutely fascinating to watch and something we had¬†never witnessed before. At first we thought¬†it was more than one¬†bee¬†and that they were putting a cover over¬†the nest site but it transpired that it was only one bee and that once finished the bee disappeared. We can only think that it was a solitary bee that had laid an egg or eggs below the soil surface and was covering the area against weather and possibly predators. We have other solitary bees that make small holes in the soil and these are usually recognised by a small pyramid of soil with a tiny hole in the top; the leaf cutter bee, another solitary, cuts out semi circles of leaves, makes a tube out of the cut leaf¬†and stuffs these into holes – bottom of flowers pots is a good place¬†– then lays eggs and puts in¬†a food supply and closes up the entrance¬†of the tubes. Isn’t nature marvellous?

Hope I haven’t bored you all rigid! xx

 
 
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4 thoughts on “Stand back…..

  1. I laughed so loud a couple times reading this post I had truck drivers turning around and casting strange glances at me. You are wonderfully funny!!

    Thank you for the walk around your beautiful gardens :-). Your plants and flowers are delightful to look at and beautiful in all their colors. Glad those Leopard flowers are doing their job (one of the times I made everyone stop and look ūüôā )

    Liam and Dylan are so cute on the tryke and wagon (yes, another time to draw stares).

    Now I won’t pester you about your gardens since you have show them. Well….at least nit until the next time anyway.

    The terra cotta pot with thyme, surrounded by all those gorgeous flowers.

    • I am always happy to hear that I caused someone to have a good laugh, nothing like a laugh. It makes the day seem better ūüôā I felt that the blog would have been deadly boring if I hadn’t put something in to lighten the mood.

      I shall be taking photos of the late spring/early summer flowers soon, they are in full flower and there are plenty of bees buzzing around them.

      Love and hugs
      Lynn xx

  2. Wonderful Lynn, absolutely wonderful!! I certainly wasn’t bored but I must confess that if it was any longer I would have dozed off right there in your garden and had a bit of a nap! It was just too lovely to leave! lol All the green grass and gorgeous flowers…the perfect napping spot! I’ll just spread out my blanket in a little spot of sun, if you don’t mind! ūüôā It’s raining here right now so I enjoyed my trip through your garden! So far we’ve just got tulips blooming in our area. In our yard we’ve only got one single tulip that snuck in with another plant at one time. I love to watch for it in spring!
    Thank you Lynn!
    Nancy ūüôā

    • You are welcome to have a nap on the blanket amongst the sweet scented flowers and serenaded by bird song and the gentle humming of the bees:)
      So glad you thoroughly enjoyed the tour around our garden and hope you’ll come back for more soon.
      Oh Nancy that poor lonely tulip! Won’t you buy it some companions?

      Love and hugs
      Lynn xx

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