Sunday 18 March 2012

Lovin' it

Although it has been a dull and damp weekend we did have some spells of beautiful Spring sunshine this past week, and the sun-lovers were just "Lovin' it".

The Crocus in particular really respond to bright light, their flowers opening out to their maximum extent to take full advantage of the opportunity:

These are Primroses, glowing the colour of fresh butter in the sunshine. To me they say "Spring is here", in no uncertain terms.

Daffodils are another classic Spring flower for us. They add a wonderful splash of colour to the garden, and growing them takes hardly any effort at all. Bung some bulbs in the ground in early Autumn - and do nothing more. What could be easier?

Can you spot the spider?

The Wallflowers are biding their time. I keep thinking we are about to have a brilliant display. There are masses of buds but they are mostly still firmly closed.

Encouraged by the warming weather, the Buddleia Davidii "Royal Red"  (which I pruned fairly severely in the Autumn) is now bursting into leaf. This plant was new to my garden last year and produced only a few very, though spectacular, blooms This year I hope it will be even better, since I have shaped it to be more compact, and new stems are bursting out all over.

Even the PSB looks picturesque in the bright sunshine:


P.S. Happy Mother's Day to all you Mums out there!


  1. I had bright sunshine and 20 C this weekend but the clouds are now coming from the West...
    No daffodils in my garden but irises, primroses, crocises and hellebores are in full bloom. Lovely pictures!

  2. Hi Mark, it does indeed appear that spring is upon you. We've had primarily gray and stormy skies all March and any ray of sunshine is much appreciated by both the plants and the people! Cheers, Jenni

  3. Gorgeous pictures Mark, I do like the middles of Crocus. Did you see the tiny spider on the Daffodil?

  4. Just got back from a glorious walk and saw so many primroses and daffs. I love the Spring so much! Pics are stunning as always!

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  6. I had a tulip bloom today in a flower bed that isn't even a flower bed anymore. It is up on the hill and since the grape arbor came down I have abandoned that bed. It never had a tulip bloom in it before (tulips don't normally do well for me).

  7. Just looking at your sunny photos makes you think all is right with the world...

  8. Some lovely blooms. The wallflowers will be spectacular when they flower, so many buds waiting to burst open.

  9. We have had a fairly pleasant weekend weather wise. Quite chilly in the shade but fairly warm in the sunshine.

    As for the buddleia - call that sever pruning - you've been gentle with it!

  10. I love all the new this time of the year!

  11. Beautiful photos, and drought aside, I say bring on the sunshine!


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