Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sunday Safari

A little later than I had hoped for because photobucket was being a royal pain in the bum and wasn’t allowing me to upload my images…

At the moment I am in awe every day when I see how much things have changed simply overnight. Of course I am not complaining, but I am beginning to get worried that we’re on an extremely fast roller coaster into summer and the next thing we’ll know it’s Autumn again.
Perhaps it’s because we’ve finally had a prolonged period of warm, sunny weather and all the trees have exploded into blossom and leaf. Honestly, yesterday the view from my window was still mostly bare trees, some in blossom but today it’s a sea of acidic green – the wonderful colour of fresh leaves.

Today I have procrastinated once more, I know I ought to be planting and doing those little jobs I regularly put off, but today I’m going to enjoy the sunshine – even more so as we were due a day of rain. I might get a little done here and there, when I annoy myself enough…

Alpine Strawberry flower


Fleabane flower


Tulipa ‘Tennessee’, this is impossible to catch the colour. It’s a wonderful deep, velvet red.


Osmanthus with its fragile little flowers and strong scent.



Bleeding heart


Tulipa ‘Pink Impression’


Pink Impression fully open


Silver Chimes, another elegant small flower head with strong perfume.


Russian Dwarf Almond




Clematis Marjorie… Far too excited to see flowers…


This tulip has surprised me, it came in one of the spring bulb mixes, and it’s stunning!


My regular readers will know how little I appreciate yellow…


Purple Aquilegia


Pink Aquilegia


Clematis


Some of the many spring pots...


Tennessee with Anemones covering the compost...


No idea what I'll do for summer...


18 comments:

Kyna said...

As soon as I saw that Osmanthus, I could smell it! :D

ginny said...

the russian dwarf almond is stunning... the colours and your photos are all amazing... i just adore being in the garden... looking forward to seeing what pops up in your new border.
happy sunday xx

Cheryl said...

Hi Liz....those little white fleabane flowers look even better when they flush everso slightly pink.....

I have noticed how the trees have leafed up very very quickly.....you talk acidic green, like euphorbias, yes!!

I love your plantings, they are really striking.......I havn't even thought summer planting in pots yet......it has been slow in coming this sunny weather.

I have to say that is one gorgeous little tulip....I am beginning to really enjoy some of the yellow blooms in my garden. Like you they have never really done it for me. This year I will have a lot more of this bright and sunny colour.....

Happy Sunday.....enjoy.

Amy said...

Your tulips are beautiful! Great photos. Enjoy a relaxing day!

Meredith said...

You are an amazing photographer. Even the columbine foliage unfurling is full of light and mystery when captured by your lens. Very nice. :)

pamsenglishgarden said...

Liz, I am in awe of your incredibly beautiful photography! Your flowers cheered me on a dreary rainy day here. Thank you.

Kala said...

So many lovely images. I am especially partial to the bleeding hearts.

Liz said...

Hi Kyna,

:) I’m no fan of the Osmanthus, waxy leaves do not survive long in my gardens, but it is worth it for the lovely little white flowers which do kick out quite a perfume!

Liz said...

Hi Ginny,

The Almond is wonderful, I do love its colour and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much blossom on it! I wonder if it’s the harsh winter or purely because it’s matured more now.

I hope you have a lovely week, I hear we are in for more nice weather :)

Liz said...

Hi Cheryl,

I am really looking forward to the fleabane spreading around the garden, it’s such a pretty little plant and flowers for such a long time that it’s well worth having!

I love the view out of our window at the moment, being able to see the nearby woodland and park with all the wonderful vibrant green…

Spring is definitely my main season, by summer I’m tired and lagging behind! Autumn is even worse as I just don’t seem to have the ability to consider planting for all seasons. I’ve tried my best this year and hope to have them covered. Now I just need to work on plants for the shady areas.

Have a wonderful week, no doubt much of it will be spent in the garden!

Liz said...

Hi Amy,

Thank you, I’m glad you liked the tulips. I have one large pot by our front steps and it’s packed full of daffodils in flower! Looks stunning. Again, I’m not so sure what I’ll do for summer though… I vaguely remember planting lots of bulbs in this large pot as I emptied others and the spring show has been amazing… There’s just no room left for summer plantings now!

Liz said...

Hi Meredith,

Thank you very much for the lovely compliment, I’m glad you enjoyed looking at my photos :)

I’m also glad you particularly liked the Aquilegia, as it too was my favourite and I was considering saving it for a different post specifically dedicated to them.

Liz said...

Hi Pam,

Thank you very much!

Sorry to hear you’ve had a rainy day, I am sure the tables will soon turn and I’ll be the one stuck in the house!

Liz said...

Hi Kala,

Thank you – glad you liked them!

Bleeding hearts are lovely, especially in early spring when there’s little else in flower they really do brighten up the garden.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Spectacular pictures! The botanical tulip is so very pretty, I almost bought that variety last year but chose another instead. The strawberry bloom is so delicate and lovely. :)

ShySongbird said...

Hi Liz :) Great to be back!

Gorgeous blooms throughout this post and I loved the capture of the Bleeding Heart, it really did look like it was bleeding!

I love yellow, such a cheerful sunny colour.

I too have noticed how everything has burst into life so quickly, there is always something special about the colour of the newly emerging leaves.

debsgarden said...

Wow! Your post shows exactly why so many of us love spring! I am admiring bleeding heart more and more. I know it will go dormant for my summer, but I'm thinking it may be worth it for the spring flowers. Your tulips are so pretty. I like the combinations in your pots.

Yoke, said...

Isn't spring great? Seeing everything return back into life again?
Well your marvellous (once again!) photos show it, don't they?