Sunday, 19 March 2017

The curtain rises ... and the stars take their places!!




Welcome to my theatre...aka my spring garden.

These little 'stars', above, are Anemone Blanda and they have been

an instant hit with me, in my front garden. 






Having spent a couple of hours, this morning, 

beavering away in my potting area, I took myself for a walk, 

with my camera.






It's always a pleasure when spring greets you with such

beauty, colour and style, as if to say, 

'Well, that was a good winter's sleep, now for some action!'

So...action we have....coming at me from all directions...






May I introduce to you, Scilla, Arabis, Primula, Celandine, 

Narcissi (of various types), Primroses, Hellebores,

Muscari, Violets, Tulips, Cowslips, Heather, Forget-Me-Not,

Fritillary, Periwinkle, Cyclamen, Erysimum and even some lovely,

blue Rosemary, in bloom.

And that's just for starters; it is after all, only March! 

;-)







Do enjoy this theatre...it is only Act 1 and

further players will enter the stage as the spring progresses

and the summer makes it entrance, later on. 







But for now, let us enjoy the spring time and lap up

what is on offer on the 'stage' of my theatre.






I think that the scene is set for a very exciting

few months indeed!






  

Encore!

;-)


Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Barn - one year old - delightful !


The Barn...

...is a charming shop in my hometown of Newton Abbot.




The Barn is celebrating its first birthday and this morning I had a wander 

around, with my camera, whilst my 'partner in crime' amused the owner, Steve.

(It transpires that they are both support Arsenal!)






The Barn has some lovely items, especially if you're wanting a

unique gift. 






And it also caters for the gardener...


















The Barn is a stone's throw from Newton Abbot clock tower.

Well worth a visit!









Tuesday, 21 February 2017

It's only February ;-)




I reckon that here in south Devon, we are very much a month ahead ...

spring has arrived very early....which means that

the garden beckons! In fact, I can even hear it shouting, 'Come on Sal!'










My first plan, last weekend , was to tidy the potting area.  It is my belief that 

if you haven't got a well organised potting area then you've no hope!





Four hours later and I'm happy and ready to go!




And it's always good to acquire something for my vintage place....my friend Lesley

gave me these. (We can always have sack races in the garden, when the summer arrives!)









These little beauties arrived today and they are called Dodecatheon.

I had one of the a few years ago and it always surprised me each spring..

An excellent service from:






I bought a variety of colours and  I expect to see:






Our bank at the bottom of the garden is full of snowdrops, which seem to multiply year in year out.





And along the old bank at the side of the garden, the narcissi wait perfectly patiently.

After all they don't want to steal the Snowdrops' prize moment, do they?




Little splashes of yellow, delight (aka cheeky crocus ) and could, at first glance, 

be mistaken for poached eggs!







And then there are the Hellebores....a joy! 






I bought a few hundred of old fashioned, wild English daffodils, last autumn. 

So delicate, so petite and so perfectly placed in the rough grass at the edge of the lawn.

You can't beat them.









And the periwinkle peeping carefully through its leaves...well the addition of this beautiful

little flower just adds to the pleasure.




And just when you think that's it... these Winter Aconite have been a joy on my little rockery.






What is this before my eyes?

I almost missed these Anemone Blanda.







It's all there... if you look hard enough!




The plants in my garden are having a ball!!


 And it's only February!

;-)