Spring …

I have been a bit quiet on here again, and while the weather is as good as it has been that is most likely how it will be for a while. I’m afraid the garden calls – there is lots of work to be done in all the areas where it has been neglected over the last couple of years due to me being partly incapacitated. Time to catch up and get it sorted. Before I have the next accident, preferably. I am going to have the most amazing garden yet. Eventually.

On top of that I am trying to learn how to use my digital SLR camera to take some decent photographs. How can I resist the early morning sun illuminating the flowers in the garden, they make excellent subjects to practise on. So lots of pictures get taken in all sorts of settings, uploaded onto pc, then evaluated as to what went wrong with the 99.5% of shots that are only good for the virtual dustbin – learning by trial and error in the true sense of the saying. Amazing how time flies when you are looking at pictures…

Anyway, I thought I’d upload some of my endeavours, so that it doesn’t feel like I have altogether wasted my time.

There is the obligatory spring subject, the daffodil, I have loads in the garden, some in untidy flower beds which I am trying my best to hide in these shots. And then there are the already dying clusters of the lovely blue grape hyacinths, and the first tulips. Beats me, how those survive in the ground as I never lift them after flowering. Aren’t you supposed to dig up tulip bulbs?

I also have a number of flowering currants, most of which were here before we moved into the property and are quite old. I hacked them back viciously last autumn but it appears they survived that. They also pop up all over the place so they must re-seed quite readily thanks to some aiding and abetting feathered friends it seems. The sun illuminating the flowers from behind makes picking up the camera irresistible…

My Victoria plum has sprung into bloom just these last couple of days, I wish there was a way of capturing the gorgeous scent, but as it is photos will have to do.

I have another, continental, plum tree, which I bought a couple of years ago. That seems to have got into trouble last season when I had to cut out a lot of diseased growth, leaving not very much on a very young tree. I can’t quite determine whether it is dead or alive, there certainly isn’t any activity as far as I can see. I am really disappointed, I was so looking forward to the fruit.

My pear trees are also enjoying the sun, there is a ‘conference’ and a ‘moonglow’. Unfortunately neither have given me much in the way of fruit since I planted them several years ago, but they always flower like the blazes. I have no idea whether they are perhaps unhappy in their location, but who knows, maybe I will have more luck this year…

So there you go, time to go out again and spruce up the herb bed. I am getting mighty annoyed with all that sheep sorrel that finds its way into everything and is so nigh impossible to eradicate. It’s just soooo time consuming, and you can’t leave the tiniest bit of root in the ground as it will re-grow and spread. Nasty stuff. Apparently you can eat it, though I have never tried. O well, off I go…and the sheep sorrel, too !!!



One thought on “Spring …

  1. You should definitely have been out in the garden in weather like this, Sonja!
    The photos are lovely, especially the daffies – my very favourite flower.

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