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Reasons to be cheerful....more than three!

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A little bit of intermittent sunshine, and the garden starts to yawn and stretch a bit. First signs that hibernation is coming to an end….

Tommies and Aconites

Aconites – from five corms planted in the autumn :)

Seedlings on my potting table…mostly stocks in this lot..

First Bee of the Season…now why is the first one always HUGE?!

Bottoms up!

The winter is at and end and can do no more harm to my Heucheras. Some have done well, others badly. This one has been great. H. ‘Electric Lime’.

The table and chairs are out for the summer…premature I know, but it cheered me to get them out.

The white garden really coming to life with white crocus.

A tiny flower opening on a drumstick primula.

And there’s nothing more cheering than a clump of Tete a Tete Daffs in March…

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Oh my goodness! I've never noticed that Steve...it's spooky!

18 Mar, 2015

 

I see it too Karen love your white garden.

18 Mar, 2015

 

Thanks Kath. I am waiting impatiently for it to develop some height! :)

18 Mar, 2015

 

Just takes time to grow cant rush .

Is that an owl in pic 7?

18 Mar, 2015

 

Little brown metal one..in the fence yes.

18 Mar, 2015

 

I must be missing something...Never mind, I think your garden is definitely waking up!

18 Mar, 2015

 

Its Ozzy Owl guarding his domain, lol. I have one on my patio...
Lifts the mood and dispels the winter blues Karen when one can fetch things out of their winter quarters and I'm ecstatic when my first seedlings come up, pleased to say my heucheras all seem to be ok, a few are a bit tatty looking but nothing that can't be sorted when I have the time, lovely pics of your garden and I like your white garden and thats a smashing shade of the drumstick, I cannot seem to hang on to any except the mauve ones and they have been split up many a time, it doesn't make sense does it.
I noticed the size of that bee and although I like it when I see them in and around my flowers I know I'd have used my camera from way back and used the distance setting to get that shot.....

18 Mar, 2015

 

Hurray - great to see some cheer in your lovely garden Karen!

18 Mar, 2015

 

Hi Karen, I saw my first bee a couple of weeks ago, and you're right, that was huge too, gardens looking good Karen, Derek.

18 Mar, 2015

 

He's right above the hair on the left Waddy! Did you see the spy in the White garden? So funny! I never noticed it! Took me ages to see it!

Loads..those magenta drumsticks were bought last year and split in the summer. There are at least nine from the original three. I'm very pleased to see them emerging. I also love the colour!

Thanks Sheila and Derek. The bee was in the crocus for ages, going from one to the next.

18 Mar, 2015

 

It is wonderful to see spring beginning for us too. :0)

18 Mar, 2015

 

Yes Linda..it seems to have been such a long drawn out winter this year. Strangely, I don't think my holiday helped me at all this year. Don't know why, but jan to now has seemed an eternity.

18 Mar, 2015

 

I just love the pure white crocuses

19 Mar, 2015

 

Such variety Karen - love the idea of a white garden - quite a challenge - I think I will need to find a suitable corner of the garden and have a go - my drumsticks are a tad on the slow side - I should have mauve - magenta and white ones - somewhere in pots but my labelling system seems to have collapsed - I need to get one of those proper labelers - and not rely on the marker pens and pencils - I love the bee pictures - I haven't seen a bumble here yet - but we did have a honey bee on the snowdrops - have a lovely week - Jane

19 Mar, 2015

 

Thank you Bathgate and JAne. JAne, the challenge of the White garden is fun. It's a double challenge here, as its north facing, so in shade all winter and in sun all summer...which is a real issue. But I enjoy that 'problem solving' side to gardening. It is one of the best things about it for me. Saw a nice white Lavatera today and I might get one a bit later. It would be nice in there in the late summer. :) I hope you enjoy your white corner. It is fantastic at dusk, it really lights up then.

19 Mar, 2015

 

Sorry you had such a bleak winter Karen. Next time round it's your turn for a better winter. You have done wonders with the garden in such a short time. Sat out last week, when it was almost too warm. Had to come in away from all the shrieking sirens though. I expect you don't get that down your way.

19 Mar, 2015

 

Well, rarely Dorjac, but last night we had helicopters circling us for well ber an hour. It turned out they had been diverted from a very foggy Aberdeen Airport and were landing at Dundee. I locked all my doors thinking they were searching for the Mad Axe Man!!

19 Mar, 2015

 

Yes, I love the problem solving part, double the fun if it works. And if it doesn't. we just try something else, right? It's just like painting, except you don't have to wait so long.
On the other hand, if you goof when you paint, sometimes harder to fix. My whole garden in Vermont is a problem solving project. I made it that way. Anything that works on its own, I say yea, I did that!

Love your white garden, i saw one in the moonlight and it was just stunning so there you have it. As I remember, there was an arbor, all very romantic.

19 Mar, 2015

 

Yes Wells. Was thinking about you last night as I read my bedtime book which is currently 'My Garden (Book)' by Jamaica Kincaid. Have you read it? She lives in Vermont. It's a really lovely book. I find myself wanting to learn passages from memory. She has such a poetic style. Unique. I haven't read her before except her book about Antigua which I read on holiday. I shall be reading more of her books. :)

19 Mar, 2015

 

Thanks for sharing your SPringtime colour. It uplifts the spirit. Lovely to see the bumble bees about again.

21 Mar, 2015

 

It looks good, Karen, and full of promise. I love the owl, too!

21 Mar, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi...a few more daffs peeped out a bit yesterday in the sunshine. Surely things will improve a bit now..?But gosh it's cold this morning!

21 Mar, 2015

 

The air is still very cold when the sun has gone in. I guess that is why spring seems to be taking a little while to really burst forth!
Your white crocus are looking so sweet. I am looking forward to seeing your white garden develop through the year please!

22 Mar, 2015

 

Ok WR...will keep the pics coming. I've just spent a pleasant hour choosing perennial seeds from Chiltern Seeds. Some of them will be for this white garden, and some for the Golden Border. Now that I have a bigger garden and a greenhouse, I think I can get on better with seed than paying a fiver per plant! Time will tell! But I did enjoy choosing the seed. AND today my SIL brought me a garden voucher for my favourite nursery, so I will be very busy tomorrow! And we're forecast sunshine! Hurray!

22 Mar, 2015

 

White Delphinium in your garden will look smashing and you'd definitely get height...I have vouchers from xmas and mothers day still so I'm going to go really mad soon Karen....

24 Mar, 2015

 

What a fantastic view across those fields. We're a bit more boxed in here in London :)

25 Mar, 2015

 

Thanks Paul. I love London, but I love my home even more. :)

25 Mar, 2015

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