Friday, 21 March 2014

Spring Flowers

Yay, it's official, Spring is finally here! The warmer weather and the longer days have brought on a profusion of flowers.  The wild plum tree next to our garden is rich with sweet-smelling blossom.
This Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was enjoying the nectar.
 When we went for a walk around the village last Sunday, a Blackbird was eating these large ivy berries as we walked past.  Unfortunately he was camera shy!
 Lots of primroses have opened their flowers and soon the woods will be full of bluebells.
 We heard a tapping on an oak tree and discovered this Nuthatch which was trying to store an acorn in the bark.
The butterflies have been warming themselves in our garden.  There have been Comma butterflies,
Brimstones, which are too quick for me to photograph and Peacocks.

 Maurice has been sunning himself on the fence.
Our back garden is looking very lovely now.  Full of daffodils, hyacinths, polyanthus, primroses, wood anemones, violets and some snake's head fritillaries.  

The patio is pretty too.
I recently found this tiered stand in TKMaxx.

 A few tulips have even opened up on the patio.

 The forsythia by the back fence is in bloom and there are buds on the wisteria.

 The lavender on the patio table invites a caress to release its scent.
 The ranunculus and narcissus in the window box are beginning to bloom and the scilla adds a beautiful shade of blue to the box.
Ella accompanied me on my tour of the garden.
 She sat by the emerging cat mint for a moment,
 before rolling in the dirt!
 Indoors the flower theme continues ... with this gorgeous bunch of flowers that I bought from the supermarket yesterday.  I am a fan of Tesco's cut flowers, they always last well and their bouquets are so pretty.
 Also whilst out shopping, I spied these Royal Albert, bone china plates in a charity shop for just £1 each!
Moss Rose, 1956
 Celebration, 1969
 And finally, my latest crochet project ... Dahlia Granny Squares for a cushion.  At least that is what I am calling them as they remind me of dahlias.  These are so quick and easy to make.  I found the pattern here.  I need to make 25 and then block them, before joining them together with double crochet (UK).
Sorry for the rambling post!  I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine too.
Best wishes, Pj x


Mac n' Janet said...

Your garden looks gorgeous. We have had a long, for us, cold, for us winter, and hardly anything is in bloom.

sunflower said...

Your garden looks so lovely..mine still looks like the blimmin somme.
I think I will try and copy your lovely pots and window boxes for next spring. They might inspire me to get out there and do some work!

Wottawally said...

Gosh PJ - your garden looks STUNNING! Wonderful colours and so uplifting.

thesnailgarden said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments. It is so good to have some colour in the garden after such a dismal winter. Best wishes, Pj x