Wednesday, 13 February 2013

February thoughts

Each day the sun wakes earlier, then lingers higher in the sky.
I know that spring is in the air, my garden tells me so. Flowers are poking through the earth, birds are all a twitter.  Every spring is like a first spring to be savoured and enjoyed.
No winter lasts forever; no spring ever skips its turn - Hal Borland.

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  1. A lot of bloom already in your garden Rosemary. How wonderful to discover spring flourishing in your garden.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Dear Marian - isn't it lovely to see the new life arriving? You can see it at first but then suddenly it all happens so quickly.

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  2. I bet you a thrilled to see that spring is coming, it's a great time of the year with all the new growth. Daylight, well down this end of the earth it's light till just 9pm but the nights are slowly each day drawing closer as in darkness.

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    1. Quite a while to go until it is as light as that here, once the clocks are moved forward and we get an extra hour it helps.

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  3. How true - every spring is like the first. We see the daffodils a littler higher each day.

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    1. For me the blossom on the trees is the really magical moment of the spring - I love looking up through the trees to the blue sky.

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  4. I love the freshness of the change in seasons, and your collage speaks so well of Spring, Rosemary. I especially love the pink/yellow bloom on the upper right, and the lovely iris always bring me joy. Your Springtime coincides with our Autumn, and both bring new life in the form of happy flowers in the garden - whether after the snow of winter or the desperate heat of an Aussie summer!

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    1. The pink flower is a Primula, and the irises are the miniature variety. You are right Patricia, nature is so wonderful the way she picks herself up and dusts herself down and starts all over again.

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  5. No flowers are so beautiful as the early spring ones. You have pictured some very special ones. I noticed just today that the candy tuft is blooming, and the hellebore. When the forsythia is out in its full glory I know spring has truly arrived.

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    1. It lifts your heart doesn't it Sanda?

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  6. Gorgeous photos! My garden is still under 3 feet of snow. I won't be doing anything in it for a couple more months. I can dream, though. Love the quote.

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    1. We can still get snow here, but not normally - fingers crossed. However spring flowers do seem to be very amenable and tough.

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  7. Such a lovely picture collage, Rosemary! Do all those flowers already bloom in your garden? We still have a lot of snow...

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    1. Yes, these are all from the garden which I photographed yesterday. When they are all together in a collage they look a lot, but in the garden they are scattered around, however, I was surprised at what was flowering.

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  8. Your photos brightens my day!Thanks for sharing.Do they come from your garden ?Yes, spring is already nearby, it's always a new start and we need so much to be refreshed!
    Olympia

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    1. Dear Olympia - the flowers are all from our garden, it is surprising what is out already. Yes, I agree spring is a new and refreshing start.

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  9. A beautiful collection of flowers. We are enjoying a hint of autumn in the air, knowing it will soon come to stay and chase the heat away.

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    1. It is funny because we all know that your summer is our winter, but to actually see it happening on our computers vividly brings it home.

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  10. Hello Rosemary:
    This collage of spring flowers is surely a reminder that winter must now be drawing to an end and that spring is around the corner.

    We always associate this time of year with removing all of last year's leaves from the hellebores to allow the flowers to be seen in all their beauty and not against a background of decaying foliage. It was some task!!

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    1. Dear Jane and Lance - you have reminded me of a task that I need to do - the hellebores need their leaves removed urgently, however, it is quite a satisfying task they look so much better when it is done.
      Spring is definitely in the air.

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  11. Hello Rosemary, I have always found it slightly jarring that so many people in temperate climates consider February the start of spring. In Cleveland, at least, it has always seemed to me the coldest, snowiest and bitterest month. Although I always looked forward to spring, March was the earliest that any sort of thaw could be expected.

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    1. I recall H visiting my brother in Toronto when the daffodils were out in this country. He said that there was no sign of life in Canada. My brother banged the ground with his spade - the top layer of the ground seemed to echo with the sound of the permafrost.

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  12. As another snowfall has started this morning here in West Yorkshire, I'm wondering whether I too will see signs of spring in my little back garden anytime soon. At the moment it looks pretty bleak out there, but seeing your beautiful photos this morning allows for some hope. Jx

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    1. Dear Janice - I am hoping that I was not too premature - looking out of the window tiny flecks of snow are to be seen - with a bit of luck it will not settle.
      Hoping all is going well with you, I am thinking of you.♥

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  13. Beautiful flowers indeed. We have just brown leaves and mud in our garden at the moment. I am hoping for some signs of new life soon. The sun is coming to stay for a while tomorrow ... apparently!
    M x

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    1. Dear Marina - sun tomorrow I shall look forward to. You may have more hidden in your garden than you realise.

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  14. I'm so jealous! So much is happening in your garden already, your photos make me realize how much I've missed my garden.

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    1. Dear Rosemary - I know that spring takes a little longer to arrive in Canada but I seem to remember my brother saying everything suddenly arrives with a swoosh. Hang on in there it will soon be with you.

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  15. Beautiful bright photos to brighten up this sull, dreary day but at least no snow!
    June

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    1. Definitely, I hope that we have said goodbye to the snow. 6 days was long enough for me. I got some photos of it, and then I was happy to see it retreat.

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  16. Dear Rosemary,
    We went into Dusseldorf today - snow was still falling but then we saw winter aconite in flower in the park and right next to it a lot of daffodil shoots pushing up through the ground.
    Hooray we thought - Spring is in the air!

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    1. Dear Kirk - as the days go by and they get longer there will be no stopping the springs arrival - I love it.

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  17. Dear Rosemary, I don't believe I've ever seen Primula before — it's spectacular!

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    1. Dear Mark - they are pretty and very hard. They come in all shades from lemon, yellow to orange through all the shades of pink and red to purple. Some have the added markings and some are plain. A very good value little flower.

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  18. great collage!

    Have a great St.Valentine's Day!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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    1. Thank you Juliana - wishing a Happy Valentine's Day to you as well.

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  19. Lovely images of spring. We still are very much in winter where I am but at least the sun is shining and the snow is fresh.

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    1. What could be better than fresh snow and brilliant sun. The secret to lifting your heart is the sunshine, it just gives you a joyful tonic.

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  20. Everything is still covered with snow over here. But this is a nice burst of colourful flowers, a sign of hope that Spring will come next.

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    1. Dear Pamela - I think our spring arrives shortly before yours, but there is nothing so sure as the fact that yours will arrive fairly soon.

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  21. Spring is bursting forth here in the Deep South too. I am seeing little shoots of this and that and I still have so much to do. February is a huge gardening month for me. We are having a lot of rain which we desperately need.

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    1. Dear Olive - it seems as if you really have hardly any winter season at all, just a little lull in the growing period before it starts up again.

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  22. I just returned from the land where very few flowers grow...................but awesome beauty still surrounded me. Like you, my Spring flowers are blooming, early because the weather is mild here this year.

    Happy almost Spring................my daffodils are smiling outside the windows.

    Mary

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    1. Only the odd daffodil is blooming here but soon they will gather pace. I love the spring, I think it is the renewal and it feels as if all is right with the world.
      I have seen some of your photos of the trip, you have some wonderful shots of the birds.

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  23. what lovely photos! the colors and beauty are just spectacular...can't wait for spring. we are in the middles of winter here.

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    1. A matter of weeks and it will be with you too.

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  24. Your flowers are beautiful, Spring is such a lovely season. We are still in the midst of very hot weather, not sign of autumn yet x

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    1. Hang on to it for as long as possible.

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  25. lovely post, Rosemary. It's what keeps us going through the cold grey days of winter and today I've actually seen a glimpse of sun!

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    1. Yes, today is lovely, the more sunshine that pokes through the clouds the more colour will emerge in our gardens.

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  26. Happy Valentine's Day Rosemary!
    Thank you for the beautiful photos-- I too am counting buds on the trees and checking on the spring bulbs that are beginning to poke through the earth... Such wonderful anticipation!

    Warm regards,
    Erika

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    1. Dear Erika - it is still Valentine's Day with you, so hope you enjoy the rest of the day.
      It is lovely to see the beginnings of Spring - you can see it happening for a while and then suddenly you cant keep up with it, so much happens so quickly. I love Spring.

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  27. Oh it's so lovely when the sun shines and the buds start to appear in the garden. Lovely photos.
    Patricia x

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    1. I do agree - first of all there are just little glimpses, and you can see each little bud arriving, but then all of a sudden swoosh - everything arrives so quickly you can't keep up with it.

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