Wednesday, 29 May 2013

It's oh so nice to go travelling but ...

We have just returned from a trip round Scotland  ...  Aviemore,  Cairngorms,  the Isles of Lewis and  Harris and Loch Ness. 
It was lovely to travel but I was pleased to get home again to see my cat and the garden.
I took this the day before we left:


We came home to this:


The honeysuckle is a delight - the perfume fills the air and the pink flowers complement the Aquilegia, pink Oriental Poppies (not flowering yet but getting there!) and Lupins.  I added the Alliums this year.

It's my favourite part of the garden at the moment.  The white grass under the tree will need careful attention in future as I took a small spadeful from my mother's garden in 2011 but it has spread. 


The cherry blossom was in full swing when we left but the tree is bare now. That's okay because the lilac has taken over.


 Outside the kitchen door was more amazing growth.  From this:


... to this:


And this:

... to this:

The veg patch is coming along nicely too. 

11 comments:

  1. Your garden looks just so lush and happy! That lilac is magnificent, I can imagine how wonderful the fragrance must be.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. The lilac seems to have been on steroids this year there are SO many blooms and they smell so good I brought some inside.

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  2. Wow, your garden really changed while you were gone! We seem to be at about the same stage--the Lilacs are blooming here, too! And the Dwarf Korean Lilacs are blooming now, too. Your garden is spectacular! I hope you had a great trip!

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    1. I enjoy travelling round but after ten days I always begin to look forward to getting home! On our last day I just kept wondering how tall the peas would have grown while we were away!!

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  3. You have a lovely spring garden and I definitely know how it changed last few weeks. We returned just from a holiday to southern England and the garden looked like if it had exploded, but also the weeds, haahaa.

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    1. Ha ha, don't mention the weeds. The lawn was tall enough to hide the cat too ... but that's Andy's job! Hope you enjoyed your trip to England.

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  4. I love before and after pictures - your garden has certainly blossomed in your absence. Hope you enjoyed your break.

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    1. Hi Elaine. I'm saving the best before and after photos for later - my allotment had returned to nature but today I began the mammoth task of reclaiming it! My back is aching and my hands might not fully recover after only one day! Andy is going to help tomorrow so hopefully we might rediscover the rest of the beds!

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