Friday 30 March 2012

Our outside room

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.


Suburbia said...

Poor farmers are having a bad time making ends meet.

beautiful spring flowers

Jennytc said...

It all looks lovely, CW.

Rob-bear said...

CW, you have been one busy lady. Not only making the garden look beautiful, but taking the time to photograph things. I don't think I have the energy or inclination for gardening, so I'll just enjoy the creativity of others. Bear chooses to do other things.

And farmers. Lady Suburbia covered that nicely. And sadly.

Maggie May said...

Your garden does you credit! Love the side door at the end of the path and the cows give a lovely rural feel!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

the fly in the web said...

You gave me a real picture of spring in an English garden...I'm showing this to friends here who love to see photographs of life on the other side of the pond.

Akelamalu said...

Your garden is so pretty! What a shame the farmer is getting rid of the cows.

Valerie said...

A farmer's life is not a happy one these days. So sad. It must have been lovely looking out of your garden at a field of cows. Beautiful spring flowers, I have pink hyacinths that were planted by the previous owners of the house XX years ago. They come up every spring and I rush down to smell them as soon as the flowers open. I love the perfume.

LindyLouMac said...

How lovely to be able to share your English country garden, you can not beat them. Thanks for the photos I do miss English gardens.

Diane said...

Your garden is beautiful and way ahead of ours this year. I agree, looking out on crops is not nearly so picturesque as cattle :( Diane

Rosaria Williams said...

Ah, the same kind of flora that does well here. However, with deer and other grazing animals around, we have few things that grow well in such conditions. Your garden is most appealing!

Gilly said...

What a lovely woodland garden you have! Things are a little bit later here as we are higher in the hills than you!

But what a shame to lose those lovely cows and calves. No, fields of leeks are not at all beautiful - and they smell!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

What a beautiful garden CW. Much as I love the summer bedding and shrubs I think that Spring flowers are my favourite - such a joy to behold. A said...

Gorgeous pictures x

cheshire wife said...

Thank you for your kind comments. I shall try to post some more photographs as the seasons progress.