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I waited patiently (not) on Spring

“Our Spring has come at last with the soft laughter of

April suns and shadow of April showers”

Byron Caldwell Smith, “Letter to Kate Stephens”


More Signs of Spring

Today I cleaned up the font and side gardens, another 2-1/2 hours of work, mostly trying to figure out what is trying to kill my Nishiki willow, and pruning the winter die-back in the rhododendrons (here when we bought the place and probably planted when the house was built in 1982, by the size of them), clearing moldy leaves from the crowns of perennials, cutting back the perovskia (Russian sage … the scent is glorious!), weeding, and lightly pruning winter damage in the young lilacs, hollies, weeping crab and an old honeysuckle.  40 more words


Spring puts on its best bonnet this Easter


  Happy Easter Bank Holiday everyone! It’s not all about the chocolate though…it’s about new beginnings, and where better to celebrate that than in the garden. If you make it along to ours this holidays there are some wonderful spring sights in store – and if you can’t make it we hope these pictures will bring you closer. 130 more words

Bodnant Garden

Has Spring Sprung?

Spring arrived and then we woke up yesterday morning to another round of snow. We went from 80 degrees on Sunday to 30 degrees this morning. 231 more words

Photography Tips

Still life

Azalea’s with Kiwi Limes, Original acrylic on canvas 18″ x 24″

This is the first day of 2071. Naya Barsa Subha Kamana! Happy new year!

I have just realised one of my life’s most beautiful ambitions: I saw Lali Gurans (rhododendrons) growing wild on the Nepali mountainside. 550 more words

A Magic Place

Darts Hill Garden offers many extraordinary views.

April 2014