Sunday, 21 April 2013

Our April garden

It is a glorious day - we are heading off out for the day with a picnic to make the most of it - hope the sun is shinning for you too.
Something has been nibbling the tiny Rip Van Winkle daffodil.


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  1. Enjoy your pic nic in this wonderful garden!
    greetings from Greece!

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  2. Dear Rosemary, your Spring flowers are so lovely my heart skipped a beat! The white daffodils with yellow centres are absolutely exquisite. Wonderful photography, as ever. P.

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    1. Dear Patricia - suddenly everything in the garden is blooming - thank you for your kind comment.

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  3. Beautiful! I love flowers, you are very lucky

    Marina

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    1. It is lovely to see them re-emerge from their winter sleep Marina.

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  4. Lovely photos, looking forward to seeing more of your garden...
    Enjoy your day, rain here!

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    1. Thank you - the rain stayed away from here, but the day ended less sunny.

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  5. Gorgeous pictures!
    Have a fun sunday, ours will be a busy working day.
    Marian

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  6. Hello Rosemary, Not much sunshine in Taipei lately. I'm glad that at least you are enjoying some good weather.

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    1. Hello Jim - it must have decided to pop over and see us for a change.

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  7. Your spring flowers look wonderful - we had 70 mls of rain today. Much needed but, unfortunately, a bit too heavy and it all ran off. Autumn is definitely here.

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    1. It always seems strange to see your Autumn whilst we have Spring and visa versa.

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  8. Your garden must be beautiful if these photos are anything to go by! x

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    1. It looks as if most plants have survived the winter with just one or two losses.

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  9. You are brightening my Sunday with these brilliant pictures of spring flowers as there is no picnic weather here! Just cold, rainy and miserable! Have fun! Christa

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    1. I promise the better weather is on its way.

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  10. Dear Rosemary,
    What lovely flowers. April and daffodils seem made for each other don't they? I like good old King Alfreds although there are others that catch my fancy too. I do like the look of the Rip van Winkle even if it has been nibbled by a hungry insect!

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    1. The Rip van Winkle is a very pretty little daffodil about the same size as the Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête', it turns up every Spring whatever Winter throws at it.

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  11. I can't beleive that they are real ... They look so healthy and beautiful ! Their beauty is due to the love and care of the gardener! Who is the great gardener ?Have a sunshine day !

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    1. Daffodil bulbs are wonderful the way they cope with the Winter months and then pop up through the grass again to give a great display.

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  12. So much joy in spring flowers (and your photos) - good thing too because we need it! Enjoy the warmer weather and your picnic :)

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    1. Dear Rosemary - I am sure that your flowers will soon be with you. I know that in Canada they come with a great rush.

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  13. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos of your garden. With the way our weather has been, these gorgeous blooms might be the only ones I see this spring.

    Have a great time on your picnic. No sun for us today. Rain and more snow. :(

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    1. It must seem like a long wait Marie - but I am sure your flowers will be arriving soon.

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  14. Beautiful, I do love Daffodils. Polyanthus are lovely and we can buy them in bloom for Mother's Day in May, available from the Nurseries and Garden Centres. It's amazing that you have them in bloom when we do on the other side of the world :)

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    1. We have had a Mother's Day last month, but hope someone gives you some lovely blooms.

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  15. Lovely spring flowers, Rosemary and I hope you had a wonderful day. Yesterday was glorious here, but sadly today is grey, cool and wet.....

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    1. We went down to Somerset and had a lovely day Perpetua thank you.

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  16. This is just beautiful! What a lot of colour in your garden. My helleborus just gave me three beautiful white flowers and my camellia, which usually flowers in February has just started to show a bit of colour! Everything is so late! But... my tulips look great!

    I took some plants to Italy, inside my suitcase, last time I went: A lovely little red camellia, some of my favourite bulbs, though you can get them there, and an old Victorian fern (a little one) from my garden. I hope it will grow in the warm Italian climate.

    I have quite a few cactus plants (including a few lovely Aloe Vera) at the new house and I will have fun creating a lovely garden at the back of the house and on the roof. I am intending to plant red bouganvilleas everywhere, grapevines, lemons and palms on the roof garden and all sorts of Mediterranean plants (will also try climbing roses, though I'm not sure they'll do well in hot weather.) It's very exciting. I'll post pictures when we get there!

    CIAO!

    ANNA
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    1. I shall really look forward to seeing your garden in Italy Anna - make sure that you find a shady spot for your fern, and keep it well watered to get it established.
      I bought a tiny piece of Oleader, about 6 cms, back in my suitcase from Sicily last year - wrapped up in damp tissue, and it now has some flower buds on it. I am really hoping that they open up - it was a lovely red one.
      Ciao.

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  17. Beautiful bright vieuws of the narcissus in your garden Rosemary. This morning it was bright with a lot of sunshine but the afternoon was grey and cold. I hope we get some raine because my little garden is so thirsty.
    Have a wonderful sunday evening Rosemary.

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    1. We had a lovely day out Marijke, and just as we arrived home it started to spot with rain so we were lucky.

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  18. Hope you had a wonderful day, Rosemary :-)

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    1. Thanks Kate we did, we have been to Somerset.

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  19. Dear Rosemary, Oh, what a happy Spring message. I love all of your photographs and choice of flowers. Do you grow Primula Auriculas? They used to be favorites in England. We hardly ever see them here. I have a few in my Greenhouse. Happy Sunday to you and yours. ox, Gina

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    1. Dear Gina - I do love Auriculas but I have never been successful with them as they really require, as you do, a Greenhouse. I adore their off beat colours and their floury leaves simply beautiful. They do look particularly stunning when displayed properly on an Auricula ladder in their terracotta pots.

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  20. A beautiful display of daffodils and other spring flowers Rosemary! Have a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

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    1. Thank you Madelief - it is so lovely to see them appearing again.

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  21. Dear Rosemary,
    Your spring bulbs and flowers are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us. I have always wanted fritillaria bulbs in my borders. Do they return each year in your garden?

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    1. Dear Loi - I find the snakes head fritillary so easy to grow, and they increase themselves every year. We have ours growing within a circle of box hedging around a large tree - you can make out the trunk of the tree and see the box hedging on the photo. They love the situation and just stay there all year without being disturbed. They have lots of company from small cyclamen, scillas, and grape hyacinths.

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  22. The whiter daffodils remind me of growing up as my mum and dad had a border full of them by the back door. Gorgeous flowers in your garden.
    June

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    1. The whiter daffodils are rather lovely - there are so many different varieties you can get these days. I seem to remember that we just bought a mixed sack full as a job lot, not knowing what might turn up.

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  23. Beautiful - flowers and photos alike. Thanks for sharing.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thanks Patricia - hope all of your studies are going well.

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  24. Gorgeous photographs of beautiful Spring blooms! So pleased that Spring has finally come round...

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  25. At last! Lovely to see Spring in your garden.

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    1. The long break is over - trowel and fork out and gardening gloves on.

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  26. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Do you know how much I have missed colourful garden posts. I am so excited about Spring this year, I have a list of wonderful things to do and places to go as long as your arm.
    Rip Van Winkle is beautiful Rosemary. I haven't planted daffodils here so far. One of my clients is mad for daffodils and we extend her enormous collection every year. RVW is definitely one I would like to include in my garden though.
    Paul

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    1. Spring always seems better the older you get, but this year because of the wait it is breath taking.
      Definitely recommend the RVW - easy to grow and so pretty.

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  27. Stunning pictures of beautiful flowers, Rosemary! Sooooooo beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Satu - glad that you enjoyed seeing them.

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  28. Hope you enjoyed your picnic! The flowers are beautiful. It's a shame about the nibbling of the little daffodil. A lot of our daffodils got damaged in last week's wind and some had chewed edges so I had to pick the ones that were hanging down to the ground.

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    1. I would be interested to know what it was that chewed the RVW.

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  29. great collages with the daffodils, I was walking in daffodils-hyacinths fields last weekend, its flower-time here in tulipland...will be posting the pics tonight! happy new week!

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    1. I will be watching to see the fields of flowers on your blog.

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  30. Very colourful garden. Love all of the flowers.

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    1. It is lovely to see them again after what seems like a long winter.

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  31. It looks like you've buried a part of the rainbow in your garden and it has manifested in your colourful blooms :)

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    1. What a lovely description - thank you.

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  32. There is much sun in my immediate future (as you well know) but this weekend we've been experiencing much needed rain. My part of Florida has been going through years of droughts, and watering restrictions have become the norm. So we're pleased to be under overcast skies . . .

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    1. It is true that too much sun can be as big a problem as too little. Hope the overcast skies yield the much needed rain.

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  33. The first circle of flowers is fantastic.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. It is very colourful bringing some brightness into the garden.

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  34. Dear Rosemary,what a beautiful garden you have!!Exellent photos!!I like the daffodils collage!They look so preety!!Have a lovely week!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dear Dimi - it is lovely to see all of the flowers suddenly emerging after their winters sleep.

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  35. How wonderful , nature is finally coming alive again, these shots are gorgeous !

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    1. Thank you Jane - it does lift the spirits to see the flowers again.

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