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The Colour of Spring at Whiteswood


It was a gorgeous sunny, if a little blustery, this morning as I walked with my camera and thought of everyone getting excited and showing off their spring gardens and beautiful plants I just wanted to join in the fun.

This time of year is so pretty, before the heat has got going ( that is if ever it does this year), before the watering becomes a chore and the grass cutting is never ending the pleasure was amazing (it doesn’t take much to get me smiling) as I strolled and snapped, hope you enjoy it too.

From the back door of the house:-

Taken sat at the table and chairs where the bacon butties are consumed on a Saturday lunch time. lol :-

This one is taken by the side of the bbq, I am so looking forward, weather permitting, to having a family get together:-

Now for some of the flowers which are such an amazing colour, some of which have never flowered before and some of which I had forgotten I had planted :-

The tulips are in the raised border, I forgot that I had these in here, they came up rather stunted and then produced these amazing colours, I have no idea what they are called, I never remember to put name tags on. lol

The red is one of my favourite colours, it is so striking and makes the border shine with strong colour.

This primula was planted last year and never flowered, what a lovely surprise to see this gorgeous colour – think all the rain we had last year has made them flourish.

I bought this rhoddie about 3 years ago and it has never flowered, think it was too dry, it is still where I planted it but I turn on the tap of the rain barrel and let the water trickle for 5 minutes or so and it has produced this lovely flower for me.

Forsythia, which has been in the garden for what seems like forever, has more flowers this year than ever before.

I took some more of the grass out and widened this border (good excuse to buy more plants) you have to have somewhere to put them all don’t you!!

I had moved this little beauty last autumn as it was getting trodden on by the pesky pup and it has gone mad with flowers for me.

Well that is about it for today, I hope you are all getting a little sunshine in your gardens and are able to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine and flowers, off to get a cuppa and have another wander around now as the sun is still shining.:O) Happy Gardening everyone!!

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Barbara its comming on so fast now the weather is improving and we are getting sunshine, love you tulips and spring baskets to, The edges are so neat and tidy, wish mine was, nice thought having family get together, lets hope its a great summer this year :o)

23 Apr, 2013


Those tulips are lovely aren't they San? It's the wood behind that just makes it all magic. I am sitting in the conservatory 'enjoying' the nightly screaming sessions as a group of children 'treat us' to their trampolene hysteria! Oh, the joys! ;)

23 Apr, 2013


Always love to see your garden, spring has arrived!

23 Apr, 2013


So pretty, and so tidy.

What a difference the sun makes, to gardens and to gardeners!

23 Apr, 2013


It's incredible, Olive, especially considering it was Narnia a couple of weeks ago.
I'm astonished, so well done you!

23 Apr, 2013


Your garden is exquisite Olive....fair play te ya, as we say over here....:>)

23 Apr, 2013


It looks great. Can I ask what the red shrub is in the first picture please? Your tulips are delightful. Everything is filling up nicely.

23 Apr, 2013


What a beautiful garden, and so neat and tidy. Love the stunningly coloured tulips, and all your others flowers too.

23 Apr, 2013


Thank you all for your lovely comments. At last some sunshine to brighten all our gardens. :O)

Scottish it is a Berberis, the one that has a little pink stripe in its new leaves eventually as they develop.Sorry I do not know its name, it has been in for years and I just chop it back each autumn so it doesn't get out of hand. It is always a lovely colour with the sun shining on it.

24 Apr, 2013


Gosh Olive you have so much going on there and the gardening year has only just begun. I like the idea of low trellis to divide sections of the garden, you can glimpse thru and see more planting which makes you want to explore.
I`m sure we must surely have some BBQ weather and you and family can enjoy your lovely haven.

24 Apr, 2013


Thanks Olive - that was what I thought but best to check. I've a little berberis - I'd love a bigger one but suspect where I'd like to put it gets a little too damp for them. Back to the drawing board!

24 Apr, 2013


Stroller my fingers are crossed for a sunny summer, not too hot though, but with a little rain over night that would just suit me. The trellis just helps create a little shade in places where the sun shines all day.

You're welcome Scottish, hope you find a shrub that suits your space. :O)

24 Apr, 2013


Beautiful garden ... and so much colour at last ... enjoy the BBQ weather when it arrives!

25 Apr, 2013


I will, thanks Shirley :O)

26 Apr, 2013

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