Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Blooming marvellous!

I hope that you are still with me and not too weary from all of this gardening and springy goings on!

This is the rest of my back garden tour!



My favourite sign of spring in our garden is the forsythia coming into flower.


These buds will be flowering within a few days and putting on a wonderful show of yellow.





There has been some non gardening fiddling about.  I started to get some of the garden ornaments out.


Above is another rose - a climber - that is doing well.  Hubby is very pleased with how his fernery is doing too.


One surprise was in the compost/storage area.  Can you see that pot squashed in between the compost bins.  It has mint in it growing very well.  Normally I cannot get mint to grow - I must be the only person in the world that cannot grow mint! - so to see this flourishing was quite a surprise! The slabs are being cleaned off to be used to make a new path up the garden.  This is the last of the jobs from all the patio works that we did last year.



This wonderful yellow flower is a mahonia.  A lovely flower, but oh gosh did it ever take me ages to remember what it was called!!!

I do know the name of this rose though that is climbing up the apple tree.  It is a Paul's Himalayan Musk.



While I was weeding and doing other things hubby was attacking pruning this laurel.  It looks rather bare now, but in a few weeks it will start to grow again and look rather like this one below


I cut this laurel back in the autumn and you can see where it is sprouting already.  Laurel's are very hardy plants and you can cut them back very hard and they grow well again.  That is why I prefer them to many other evergreen plants that you cannot treat in this way and then they get very overgrown and out of hand.

My regime is to cut back hard one year, grow the next year, trim the next year and then cut back hard again.  So these two will be left to their own devices now for a while.  We have another laurel, but I want that one to remain fairly large so I will keep hubby and his saw away from it for now!




I was so glad to get the bench out from under its cover.  The cover had torn over the winter and looked horrid so I threw it away, the bench looks a little worn, but is so much nicer than looking at the torn cover and now we have somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunny moments!

Although it is still not exactly hot.  You can see the temperature on the thermometer.  This was one of my Christmas presents and hubby put it up this weekend for me.  So now I can keep any eye on how warm - or cold! - it gets.

I didn't add the bokeh - the spots and rays that you see - that was the sun shining as I took the picture!  The temperature is real too.  I think that the thermometer is rather optimistic though going up to 50 degrees C, if we get that hot you will not be seeing me.  I will have moved into a freezer somewhere!


There is still lots to do in the garden, but oh gosh how great it is to be back out there again!

Amy

44 comments:

  1. It certainly is a wonderful time of year, hard work in the garden but well worth the effort for the glorious results. Your garden is looking beautiful already.

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  2. I love your outdoor thermometer, Amy, both attractive and functional. And I will never tire of seeing your Spring garden, as it is the only way I can enjoy those temperate climate flowers, which are part of my English heritage, but don't grow round here. At least, not very often. I do plant bulbs and occasionally get a daffodil in winter, he he xx

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  3. Another big fan of forsythia over here ! Every year I get surprised how fast this plant starts flowering, and even if there is frost at night, it just doesn't seem to worry about it. And yet, if you look at the little yellow flowers, they are sooo delicate...
    And funny - I use the same "schedule" for pruning as you ! If I don't cut back drastically every couple of years, I end up living in a wilderness...

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  4. Your bench and table look a perfect spot to sit with a cuppa. Love the thermometer too - I had one on a terracotta plaque a few years ago - but the frost got to it. :(
    x

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  5. Your bench looks like the perfect place to sit and enjoy your garden! :o)

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  6. Your garden looks lovely. I'm planning a day working in the garden today. It certainly needs it!

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  7. An outdoor thermometer is on my wish list, and your one is particularly pretty Amy x

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  8. You have so many of the plants that we enjoyed at the home we shared with my late mom. Mahonia is a favorite! I would love to have a bench to sit and enjoy the view, the sunshine and a cuppa tea!

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  9. Wonderful spring blooms! I must say that the mahonia looks amazing! Is it easy to grow?
    Enjoy your day !

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  10. Lovely to see that bench out, your garden is a gorgeous place to sit. I love the thermometer, what a great idea. Let's hope the temperature moves up a little soon though! CJ xx

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  11. Your garden looks wonderful, and well-loved.

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  12. It is a lovely time of year I agree, so much to come xx

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  13. Your garden is looking really great. I love forsythia but ours isn't ready to flower just yet. Hopefully it won't be long.

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  14. Lots happening in your garden already. Mine is still in hibernation mode for the most part but there does seem to be a few bits of greenery starting to show.

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  15. I still here and enjoying..
    I love the forsythia ,
    Mine has buds on it too.
    Happy Spring!

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  16. Your garden is looking lovely, Amy. The forsythia always reminds me of spring in Toronto. Your daffodils are already pretty; imagine when they're in full bloom! How relaxing it must be to sit on that pretty bench, just enjoying the sunshine and your garden. Thanks for sharing~!

    xx
    Poppy

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  17. I'm loving your garden posts and tours. I end up picking up lots of little tips and inspirations and think oh, maybe I could try that etc. I am just hoping my wisteria survives as I went a little mental last year and didn't exactly prune it but commit a heinous crime so I am just waiting to see if what is left is firewood or a plant.

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  18. It's lovely when the weather is dry and warm enough to get out in the garden at this time of the year isn't it? Let's hope the good weather continues and little-by-little the Spring flowers begin to bloom. Love that mahonia. I think that's the one whose flowers smell nice(?)

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  19. A lovely spot to just sit and ponder and watch the garden grow, you have some lovely plants and flowers xcx

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  20. Ah you have your bench out! That's it our table is definitely coming out this weekend. I love sitting outside even if it's in our coats. Another lovely view of your garden, the birds are lovely. Is that an ornament on your netting besides your planted boxes in the middle of the garden? Ah I think I might need a laurel bush for one of our corners which is shaded in the morning but needs some greenery. Do you think it would be ok?

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  21. It's lovely to see the daffodils blooming, some of mine are out and some are just buds, I suppose it's because they're different varieties. My forsythia is nowhere near ready to bloom yet though, being up North, we're a little way behind you.

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  22. Green plants, lovely flowers and a bench in the sun...
    You are so lucky! :)

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  23. Hi Amy, I have just had a quick catch up read of your posts. Your garden is looking lovely, I like the Mahonia the color is gorgeous. The sun is so nice to see, its out up here too, just helps put a spring in your step! :)

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  24. Spring has certainly sprung in your garden. It's all looking fabulous Amy.

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  25. Great images from an awakening garden. Forsythia is the prettiest bush of the season! Hope you can soon enjoy this beautiful space Amy!
    Olympia

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  26. So many signs of your garden springing to life. We appear to have lost quite a lot of plants over the winter. Not sure if that's down to me and my non green fingers, the slugs and snails or the weather.

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  27. How lovely seeing your garden come to life. It inspires me to know that mine will be the same soon. But today we are having rain which is washing away some more of the snow.

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  28. Lovely garden photos, we haven't had a Forsythia for a while, I think that needs remedying

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  29. lovely to see signs of spring.
    we've always been told that you have to be careful when you prune the laurel, don't leave the clippings in the car ready to drive to the tip at a later time, the cuttings give of cyanide......

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  30. Things are a bit further on in your neck of the woods Amy, still very chilly here. Although it was lovely and bright this morning. Fingers crossed for some nice weather over the Easter break. xx

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  31. YES! Birdy was in one of the pics!
    Jane x

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  32. Your garden is looking so lovely, thanks for the tour and sharing the pics. Now if you have a spare moment, could you come over and help with mine please? ;-)
    Hugs xx

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  33. If feels so great to get things done and organized. I worked hard on my back patio and garden this past weekend, I might be the only one who notices but it makes me happy it is all done.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  34. Thank you for sharing more garden goodness! I love it all!! That thermometer is so cool. And the sun looked like it's shining beautifully! Yay for Spring. xoxo

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  35. Your garden is looking good ..... I always like a few garden ornaments dotted through the garden.
    Spring is such a great time of year.

    All the best Jan

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  36. I love forsythia. It was my favorite bush when I lived up north. Unfortunately, it does not grow here in Florida. While we have many beautiful flowers, I miss some of the "up north" things --- tulips, daffodils, lilacs, and yes, forsythia.

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  37. Your gardens all look so good. I have never heard of or seen mahonia. That's a new one for me. Too funny about the mint. Good thing it's in a container - it spreads worse than weeds!

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  38. Your garden is springing into life Amy!...I love your thermometer too (things have taken a turn for the worse in our corner today...I'm missing the recent lovely sunshine :( )
    Susan x

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  39. Oh, Amy, your yard is so beautiful! I love all the new growth and sunlight and buds and blooms! blessings ~ tanna

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  40. you are so lucky that spring has sprung in your area. We are still waiting around for it here. Soon very very soon!

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  41. Lovely Amy! I find gardens springing back to life very exciting and I really like your garden! You made me laugh ref the mint - I guess the moral is to leave it alone and it will grow if it wants to! I keep mine in a pot as I hear it takes over otherwise....we had a similar issue with lemon verbena which just ended up everywhere...smelt lovely though! X

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  42. Your garden looks a whole lot tidier than mine Amy it'a always lovely to see it springing back to life. :) xx

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  43. Lovely to see your garden coming to life and after all the hard work you have both put into it recently it's looking great. I should start a garden diary as I have no idea what my new garden will look like in summer or what will appear.

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  44. Lovely photos! The best of spring and a reward for all your hard work.
    Amalia
    xo

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