I don't know about you, but for those in the UK do you feel a change in the weather? Have you felt how warm the sun's rays are? Have you panicked at the weeds that have suddenly made an appearance and how quick the seedlings have burst out of the soil? Dare I whisper it? Has spring finally arrived? Judging from the blossom that has appeared on my plum tree, I have a feeling it has.
Now to those lovely people who read my blog regularly you may notice something a little different. I've had a little bit of a spring clean on my blog. This is mainly due to the beautiful weather we have been currently having, the blossom that has now burst on the trees, the seeds germinating and the smell of freshly mown lawn once again. So the header banner has a more springy feel and I have tidied up bits and pieces.
Also I haven't had a chance to go out on a rambling tour this week. Mainly because I have been working at home due to the office re-decoration, but also because I now have the dreaded 'lurgy'! How I would love to just curl up at this moment. So a tour of the garden will have to suffice this week!
Before I start I must really say thank you all so much for your wonderful comments last week about my friend's passing. She was incredibly special and I have been smiling with the memories that she has left me. She was a rare individual and so positive about everything around her. I am blessed to have known her. This also made me think that life is for living and was very naughty and treated myself to a new camera! I have mentioned a few times before that I wasn't exactly happy with my last one so after the last difficult couple of weeks I thought, yes, be selfish, buy something for me, something to really cheer me up, something where I can record real images of life, let's capture it properly. So here it is, a deep red Nikon Coolpix L810, 16mp, 26x zoom, and really easy to use. I fell in love with it from the first shot! So clear, so clever and no need for photo editing to put forward the shot I originally wanted. I am happy with the world again! Ideally I would have liked a DSLR but I have a film loading one and use this with a tripod for a specific 'patient' shot. So, this one is ideal!
But hey, let's have some photos from my new 'baby'! I didn't know what to call this camera (the Fujifilm was called Flo!), I was going to ask for suggestions, but my thoughts are that I bought it with Val's love for life, her love of colours relating to Betty Boop, so it is hereby christened 'Val'! So come Val, let's go on a short tour of the spring garden.
So firstly, my blog title this week is Spring Means New Life, and today this chrysalis (which has been under the care of Mr Teenager) decided to do just that, spring into life.
I took the delicate, crumpled butterfly outside onto the kitchen window baskets (which have equally been bursting into life) and it turned to say thank you.
Once dry it turned out to be a Cabbage White, hopefully it will find another garden to wreak it's havoc on!
In the greenhouse, things are getting very busy. Lettuces, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, spring onions, courgettes and runner beans are all racing away. Here are my peppery lettuce leaves and the start of my tomato seeds (I have had to cheat a little by buying some established too!).
Then in amongst all this was this sleeping Hummingbird Bee (well, I think it is, glad for some advice here)! We knew we had a couple from when we saw them hovering around the blossom but they are far to quick to capture. This one was very photogenic though and slept through my daring close up shots! (Isn't 'Val' amazing?!)
The Daffodils and the Narcissus are all doing well around the different parts of the garden. These beauties were put in my kitchen window baskets all those months ago and I am surprised that they bloomed this year!
These are in my main raised border in the garden.
These are in my herb garden.
The typical trumpet types are everywhere!
And then tulips! We were so worried that there wasn't going to be any this year. The Spalding Flower Parade are really going to be hit for next week's event (which apparently is the last!) - more to come next week on this. We have a wooded type area next to our garage where we let things naturalize and these certainly haven't let us down this year.
At the back of the house we have a couple in full bloom.
You can even see the pollen! This shot reminds me of vanilla pods and custard!
Then there are hyacinths! But my favourites are the tiny grape hyacinths. Again planted in my kitchen window sill baskets.
But shall we take a break from the flowers for a moment while the birds have a feed?
Remember I told you that I will be an auntie very soon (next month!). I have been very busy with a pram blanket which was harder as we don't know what they are having. The inspiration was from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks (Pattern 189 - Willow).
I have done this in grey and white as this will fit in with most colour schemes and it has come out in a lovely lacy pattern.
The edging was done using triple stitches and bobble stitches. All done, now waiting for the arrival. So excited!!
Now back to the garden. This is the front of the house, very pitiful compared to the rest, however the weeping pear's blossom is coming through now and the greenery is starting to appear. This will be my project this weekend to add some more colour and interest.
There are daisies in the lawn but I don't mind that at all. More wildlife buzzing around that way, and what speaks of summer more.
And lastly, saying goodbye to the winter rose (helloborum). This will soon be surrounded by peace lilies and gladioli.
So, VERY happy with 'Val' and my new spring like blog posts. Hopefully back to normal 'tour' business next week with the Spalding Flower Parade. I'll try and get a good position for you.
Now off to my sick bed and sleep!
Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to catching up with your posts.
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