Out in the Garden - observations on Spring



27th April 2013
At long last Spring seems to have come to the south of England. It is still cold in the Garden, and the blossom and leaves are only very reluctantly waking up. But it is good to get outside and enjoy what we do have.
purple flowers in garden
What a combination! Purple Saxifrage and Grape Hyacinth together.
Lots of jobs to do as well, of course, and not every bit of the garden can always look good all of the time. I got up on the ladder, therefore, and gave the Honeysuckle over the Gazebo a long-overdue haircut. Elected to go for the suave, swept-back-look this year.
gazebo, trellis with honeysuckle plant, bare
The swept-back look is so super-cool!
Some shade-loving Cyclamen under the yew tree ...
purple flowers with lots of green leaf in shade
Cyclamen just take care of themselves.
Not forgetting the pond plants - bright yellow buttercups in the water:
yellow water plants, with pond and rocks
Our newts live here.
And finally some lovely sky-blue Forget-me-Nots ...
drift of foget-me-not plants with lawn
Gardening is a wonderful form of recreation. No matter how humble the garden, even if it's only a solitary window-box, the tending of takes us away from any cares we might have (or think we have). I found this quote from Thoreau the other day which sums it up pretty well, I reckon:

'Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder...'
Authored by Robert Stephen Parry

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