I have been making the most of the recent unusually good weather by spending as much time as I have been able to in our outside room, otherwise known as the garden. So, I thought that you might like to join me in a stroll around it. In addition to showing you our garden this has also given me the chance to experiment with the new camera that husband bought for my birthday last October, as there have not been many opportunities to use it over the winter months.
As visitors turn into our drive their first glimpse, of our garden, is of the 'woodland bed ' on their left. This is planted with Spring flowering perennials and bulbs, which are putting on a good show at the moment. The crocus, snowdrops and aconites have finished for this year. Now it is the turn of the daffodils
white wood anemone
blue anemone blanda
hyacinths - these have quite a pungent fragrance which I know is not to every body's liking,
and it could not be a 'woodland bed' without primroses.
A few years ago I bought about six plants and now they have seeded all over the 'woodland bed'. Soon the bluebells, annual honesty and aquilegia will take over the show. On the right is the rockery where aubretia is doing well.
At the front of the cottage we have a forsythia which is currently in full flower.
Then we move round to the other side of the cottage. Past the viburnum tinus with its' pretty white flower which smells of honeysuckle.
Through the side gate and round to the back.
The kitchen window over looks the patio with its' pots of pansies
and tete a tete daffodils.
There is not so much to see in the back garden at this time of year. However, over the last week or so our magnolia has come into flower
as has the damson
The apples trees are also showing signs of life. In fact the whole garden has burst into life over the last few days of warm and sunny weather. At the end of the garden in the farmer's field I found even more new life.
Unfortunately there will be no more scenes like this as the farmer is changing from dairy to arable. Somehow I do not think that staring out at a field of potatoes and leeks is going to be quite the same as a field of cows.