Monday, 27 February 2012

Taking a few days off


Some of the flowers currently showing their faces in our garden.
Helleborus purpurascens
Hyacinthus 'Anna Marie'
Iris Reticulata Group 'Harmony'
Narcissus (Daffodil) 'Tête-à-Tête'
Helleborus or Lenten Rose

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful. You are quite the gardener. I just purchased an old BBC book about British women gardeners and thought of you. Thanks so much for the information about red hydrangeas. I will be looking for one at our local independently owned nursery. Not the big box one that will not have them.

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    1. Dear Olive - hope you are successful in finding the red hydrangea, if so, I shall look forward to seeing it when it flowers.

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  2. Oh how lovely Rosemary.. I can just imagine how beautiful your garden is.
    A true English country garden..
    Such lovely photos..
    We really are in a drought here.. i cannot water all the time.
    You must work really hard to get such beautiful flowers.
    lets see if i get these right.. Agapantha! Narcisus! or daffodil!
    Its the purple on that has me... it looks like a pansy..but i am not sure..
    val

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    1. Dear Val - thank you. It was very remiss of me not to label them which I have now done. As you see the purple one is a Helleborus and a particularly spectacular one, with wonderful purple coloured leaves and stems too. We have a lot of different Helleborus, white, several shades of pink from pale to dark, and a gorgeous yellow one too.

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  3. I love those dark Hellebores: we have them too and call them Lenten Lilies, rather in the same vein as Christmas Roses:)

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    1. The dark Helleborus are wonderful, we have such a lot in the garden and they are a joy at this time of the year.

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  4. Hello, Rosemary - It looks as though you're experiencing an early spring. Enjoy your time off!

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    1. Thanks Mark - I shall be back soon.

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  5. Beautiful photo's. Does it make you happy to when you see the garden is coming back to life? I do.
    Have a lovely evening
    Marijke

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    1. Dear Marijke - it does indeed make me feel very very happy. The wait does not seem to have been so long this year. Enjoy your evening too.

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  6. Dear Rosemary, The photographs of the Helleborous is stunning. Can't wait for mine to bloom. Have a lovely vacation. Gina

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    1. Dear Gina - every new flower that opens is thrilling to see, I know how you feel. Each year they pop up again, and again, regardless of what nature throws at them, they are little miracles. Thanks for your best wishes, will do.

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  7. Wow! Spring is almost sprung; what gorgeous blooms, Rosemary!

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    1. Lovely to see them again Kate, isn't it?

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  8. I have never seen Lenten roses in such a deep purple and I am amazed how many different flowers already have appeared in your garden! Enjoy them! Christa

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    1. Dear Christa - sorry I am late replying to your comment but I have been away. Yes, the Lenten Rose is a really beautiful colour, and also its leaves and stems are a deep shade of burgundy too.

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  9. Amazing colors. I can only imagine the odors... here the snow is smelting away but is a long way to spring... I mean you never know in Norwy it can start snowing again soon and won't stop before May!
    Enjoy your beautiful garden Rosemary : )

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    1. Dear Demie - sorry you thought that your comment was lost, but as you will see from above I have been away. Hope now a week has past since your comment that the Spring is finally on its way to Norway. For some reason we have had an early Spring and mild weather which is strange as we are only a 2 hour flight away from you.

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  10. I think my comments keep disappearing...
    love your garden Rosemary : )

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    1. Glad you like the garden Demie, and I am back online again now.

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  11. yep!
    Helleborus is showing it's flowers
    in my garden too
    like you I have the dark colored one
    but also white and dotted pink ones
    so, so beautiful

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    1. Dear Patrice - they are gorgeous, and glad yours are showing themselves too. I have several different colours, all delightful. It has been a very mild winter here and an early spring.

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  12. great photos, I'm impressed, I hope you will show us some more :)
    have a nice weekend :)

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    1. Dear Agata - thanks for your visit and for becoming a follower. Pleased that you enjoyed the flowers, and hope to show you some more soon.

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  13. hmmm.... I thought I left a comment here....

    Helleborus is one of my favorites
    I have the same as you, the beautiful dark one
    but also white and with spots
    I picked one today to put in a little vase
    Spring is definitely coming

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    1. As you will by now have realised Patrice I have been away, hence the delay in posting your comments which I appreciated. How long did the flower that you picked last in a vase? I know that they can be a bit temperamental. My daughter-in-law wanted to use them in her wedding bouquet but the florist said that they would not last very well, which is surprising as they are such sturdy looking flowers.

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