I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life. FERNANDO PESSOA

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Spring Garden

Some of our garden flowers this spring...

Then the forsythia...

It started with the snowdrops...














Apple blossom...




Herbs and stuff...

Wallflowers are always favourites... Some bluebells and periwinkles are behind them...

Quince... A Solitary Walker essential...

New fibreclay planters with lavender... You must have lavender, if only for the perfume, as you sip an evening glass of wine on the green wooden bench...

Pheasant's eye narcissus in full sun today...

And now in evening shade...

This azalea makes a bold and beautiful statement in its blue pot...

Alliums...

16 comments:

am said...

Splendid color -- especially the wallflowers. Thank you for sharing your flower garden!

Arija said...

The beautiful flowers in your garden have obviously had a beneficent effect and sent you malaise into oblivion. You sound your former cheerful self again.

Happy days . . .

The Weaver of Grass said...

We noticed wallflowers everywhere when we drove through Lincolnshire on our way to Norfolk rexently Robert. You never see them up here = they seem to be totally out of fashion. There is not a scent to touch them in my vuew.

jan said...

Beautiful. Love those lavenders next to that bench. Looks idyllic.

George said...

Everything is lovely, Robert. You are a jardinier extraordinaire.

Ruth said...

Ahh, so tastefully arranged and planted. Your choices are perfect, both plant and vessel. We have been meaning to plant a quince for ages, so this year it must happen, in honor of your poetry collection. Good idea to plan lavender near the seating; we had given up on our normal place for them, as now the chickens don't leave them alone.

I'm off to the garden shop in a couple of hours to pick up flowers. Memorial Day is our traditional day for planting, after which frost [hopefully] will not come.

Ruth said...

By the way, your photos are wonderful, which they always are, but I notice especially the narcissus and allium with bokeh effect. Playing with f-stop? :)

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks for visiting, Am! I adore wallflowers. They look so pretty in a line against a wall or fence; they have such varied and harmonious colours; and they last for ages.

The Solitary Walker said...

Arija, how very percipient of you!

The Solitary Walker said...

Pat – yes, lots of wallflowers around here. Tradition before fashion! Not sure I agree with you about the scent, though.

The Solitary Walker said...

Hi Jan! Yes, we're quite pleased with those new planters and lavenders. Just waiting for some nice, warm sunny evenings now, so we can appreciate the wafting perfume...

The Solitary Walker said...

George, I wouldn't say that – I'm very much an amateur as with most things – but thanks!

The Solitary Walker said...

Hey, Ruth, Am planted a quince, and now perhaps you will, after my poetry book! This is all wonderful, and such an honour. (Good job my collection wasn't entitled 'Raining Coconuts' if we may have encountered problems!)

Interesting about Memorial Day – we over here in the UK have pretty much the same tradition (your Memorial Day is our Spring Bank Holiday). We've been busy in the garden all over the weekend and today.

You are very kind about my pictures – and, yes, I've been playing with f-stop :) (after admiring your own atmospheric blurry-background effects!)

Goat said...

The forsythia (gaenari in Korean) is long gone in these parts. I've been going crazy in my rambles photographing yellow self-seeding Coreopsis daisies that are rampant along the creek bank, red rambling roses on every apartment-block fence, either ox-eye or shasta daisies (not very good with identifying ornamentals but have narrowed them down to those two - very common self-seeded roadside plants over here). The garish red azaleas have finished but a more palatable pink one is in bloom everywhere now - still not a patch on the wild forest ones though.

Annie B. said...

It's the first day of winter down here! Your photographs are just lovely and transport me back to my childhood garden in England. I'm sure I caught the scent of the wallflowers!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks, Goat, for your flowery feast of a comment.

And thanks too for your visit, Annie B.