Just Now I am.....





Quince bud

Lent Lily

Lent Lily

Tenby daffodils and native bluebells


~ Opening windows.

~ Cleaning windows.

~ Putting my winter coat away.

~Pegging out my laundry.

~ Feeling the warm sun on my face.

~ Talking to the many dogs I meet on my walks. I've met a new one, a puppy who is a Jack Russell-spaniel cross. A sprussell?

~Gazing at the early tree blossom I see on my walks.

~ Sneezing and rubbing my eyes a lot (see above).

~Waiting for my little Tenby daffodils to open (penultimate picture). I described this little patch in my garden here . I wanted to plant bluebells and lily of the valley but the lily of the valley were out of stock when I ordered so I went for these little species daffodils instead. The supplier said they would be 'shy to flower in the first year' but as you can see they are most definitely not going to be shy. The bluebells came with the same warning but I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will also be as confident and outgoing as the daffs.

~ Bringing my lent lilies (hellebores) indoors. These flowers are so sulky. They insist upon hanging their heads down so that you can't see their faces. Not only that but they all seem to be facing the fence instead of the garden. So I bring them indoors where they can be seen.

 ~ Smiling at the quince buds.

Comments

  1. Dear Sue
    You have some lovely blue skies and your photos are fabulous.
    I made your Bounty Cake last weekend and it was delicious, although I didn't have a loose-bottomed cake tin so getting it out of the tin was an interesting experience. As we don't have a fan assisted oven, the cooking time in our gas oven was a little longer, but I did the skewer check which worked well. I used 70% plain chocolate which was a little too bitter for my (very) sweet tooth, so shall make it again with milk chocolate this time. It is a lovely moist cake which we both (hubby and me) enjoyed very much. Thank you for the recipe - I think it is well on the way to becoming a family favourite!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Ellie. Mine was a red wrapper bounty cake, yours will be a blue wrapper bounty cake. I'll eat them both.

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  2. Hello there. Washing out here too. But I am neglecting the windows and my kitchen is not quite as shiny as yours!
    Sun on the old face is a very good feeling, let's hope it lasts. Ax

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  3. Gorgeous photo's Sue :D

    I love to see a vase of Hellebores ... I find mine last longer if I don't burn the stems as recommended, and I put them in tall bottle vases with narrow necks so they are forced to hold their heads higher, because as you say they sulk!

    Washing on here, but hubby has a week off and we're going out for the rest of the day so it will be dried indoors more's the pity.

    Hope you stop sneezing soon!

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  4. I love my hellebores - they're the only things that flower profusely in the large areas of complete shade my garden 'enjoys'.

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  5. ahhhh....spring is such a joy....i am so excited.
    Your photos are stunning and that sky is the most delightful shade of blue.
    hope your 'shy flowers bloom.
    not so keen on the cleaning windows bit!
    love jooles x

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  6. I've just been reading Sarah Raven's tips on bringing winter flowers and tree buds into the house for decoration on her facebook page, so I'm off to sear my hellebore stems in boiling water for 20 seconds then pop them somewhere dark for an hour! Loving these first signs of spring...

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  7. Lovely - isn't it fantastic to feel that spring might be with us! Love the idea of a Sprussell too, although personally I think this particular cross should be a "Jack Spaniel(s)" - my favourite is Labrador X Poodle, you have to go a long way to beat a Labradoodle! :-)

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    1. Jack Spaniels love it -make mine a double!

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  8. lovely hellebores - I'm sure you've thought of this already but they look beautiful if you cut the stems very short and float a mass of them in a wide shallow dish, like water lilies.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that, but what a lovely idea!

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  9. Lovely pictures Sue. It is such a relief to feel spring in the air again x

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  10. Your quince tree is ahead of mine, no sign of buds here yet. My first little daffodils are open. I've been busy pulling up bluebells as they have proven to be the Spanish ones and not our native ones. Hope to get some native ones sometimes. I love to display bluebells with cow parsley (when they coincide with their flowering which is not often). Love the hellebores, can't grow them here either.

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    1. I'm thinking of planting cow parsely behind the bluebells and daffodils against the fence for a woodland/meadow type feel.

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  11. That sound gorgeous Sue! how about some white foxgloves too? They always remind me of woodland glades. Kate X

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  12. I love it when the garden starts to wake up after its long winters sleep.

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  13. Beautiful photos! I love this time of year in the garden. Best wishes, Pj x

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  14. Lovely pictures as usual, I hope that you are justifiede in putting away your winter coat...

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  15. Hey there - just found your blog today and I love it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

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  16. What a gorgeous day for you !

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  17. One of the story behind the lent lily hanging it's head is, They saw Jesus on his way to be crucified and they hung their head in shame.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't heard that story before.

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  18. We have what we assume is a Jack Russell Dachshund cross. We've never been sure whether she is a Jackshund or a Dachssell!

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