Saturday, 16 February 2008

The Garden Comes to Life and glimpses of Spring

The garden is coming into life
February is the time when I prune my Clematis
With the weather turning mild I went out to do that this week
but ended up pruning 16 small shrubs in all including the Clematis
I did this over part of three days
There are those shrubs that must not be pruned too early fortunately as I might have been tempted to overdo it
The weather has since turned very cold with heavy morning frosts so I hope I won't regret it




I love the sight of the first Crocuses

And the Japanese Quince


A pretty Hebe
Winter Virbernum



My Orchid is in full flower again
This is it's third year of flowering


The Christmas Ponsietta's still in bloom


Making a nice contrast


Inside and out







I walked through my local park early this week and was amazed to see that the May Blossom is out
Never seen it this early











26 comments:

Mob said...

Thanks so much for showing these pics. I am SO ready for spring. I love the crocus and the quince, how beautiful!

Morning Glory said...

Your beautiful pictures give me hope that spring really is coming.

Crafty Gardener said...

How lovely to see blooms in your garden Barbara. As you know mine is buried under lots and lots of snow.

ellen b said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Barbara. Willow has talked about you kindly. I am such a fan of Great Britain. Many wonderful memories from your country! Your garden looks absolutely promising of a glorious Spring show! Enjoy...

nikkipolani said...

Lovely lovely springy photos, Barbara. I've missed seeing your gardens and am looking forward to seeing more as it awakens.

Sara said...

Spring is on the way, all over the world! Those crocuses are such a pretty color. Love the May blossoms too.

You are soooo right about Hay on Wye. Ever since I first read about it in a magazine (which was only a couple of years ago) I've wanted to go there!

jodi said...

Hello Barbara...thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. I'm rather envious of those of you with real English gardens (and English climates) so I'll be a faithful reader. Didn't notice before--are you registered with Blotanical? It's a great way to meet more gardeners/readers (and find more blogs to read too...a great way to get through winter for us northerly lot.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

An early spring to be enjoyed in your folder seems like just the antidote for the onslaught of snowstorms we're getting...snow and the bitter cold. The blooms are beautiful! (Oh, I do have a confused Christmas cactus coming into full blossom.)

Kelly said...

What a wonderful blog you have, I look forward to coming back on a regular basis!

Blessings~
Kelly

Willow said...

The crocuses are lovely! I'm looking forward to watching your garden bloom this spring via blogger!

My poor poinsettia is not happy. The Professor planted the little spindly thing in the back this morning. Usually poinsettias grow to become large bushes here in SoCal. We'll see if it survives. For some reason, I do not do well with either poinsettias or orchids. Therefore, I truly enjoy seeing yours flourishing.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

The flowers are so lovely! i really want to plant some crocus in my yard somewhere. There is so much cleaning up and planting to be done it will take a while. My first priority is my morning glory patch and the flower beds out front.

Jeanne said...

How beautiful and lovely is all that you share~
Love Jeanne

Lisa said...

Yor flowers are so beautiful.I love the crocus but all of them are lovely. Spring seems to trying to works its way to the south.It's my favorite time of the year. Take care. Lisa

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Love to see the glimpses of Spring! I can hardly wait!

I am still enjoying your story, Barbara, always a great testimony in each chapter.

Blessings,
Melissa

Bek said...

The first signs of spring are always fascinating to watch. I still have to wait some more. My crocus are not even close to blooming yet.

Wild Rose said...

Oh my goodness, spring is early this year! I always looked forward to the first snowdrops in January and the crocuses in late February, but I don't remember ever seeing trees covered in blossom at this time. Enjoy your garden Barbara.

Marie x

Mike said...

Gorgeous. It's wonderful to have colour again isn't it?

Penless Thoughts said...

Lovely as always. Many of our bulbs are beginning to shoot up. Hope they don't get frozen out. That happens so often around here.
Susan

Penless Thoughts said...

Lovely as always. Many of our bulbs are beginning to shoot up. Hope they don't get frozen out. That happens so often around here.
Susan

A Woman Who is: said...

Okay I am way too jealous. You are way ahead of my spring. Third year blooming for an orchid? Okay I need some instructions, mine just has leaves. Your Winter Virbernum, I want to smell it! Do you know the name of this one? You must tell us what a May Blossom is, for us Yanks? Ohhh, I can’t wait for crocuses. Spring is my absolute favorite season. Get used to the gushing :]

Teresa said...

I enjoy the snow, but I am glad spring is on the way. Your Crocus' give me hope for that. They are so beauitiful, and their color is rich. Three years on an Orchid? You have a green thumb. I am eager to see your garden unfold this year, Barbara. Thank you, for sharing these photos.

Anil P said...

What a treat the flowers.

Linda said...

I would say that you definitely have a green thumb. Everything looks really great.

Barbara said...

Indeed, it IS Spring in your garden! How wonderful for you! Lovely pictures!

Sidharth said...

Wow the May Blossom is really cool!

LOL [Lot's of love]

Sid

Sidharth said...

I love the Poinsettia too

We had it in our garden, but it's no more, I guess the gardener removed it! =(