5 May 2018

Maytime

Maytime in our slightly wild garden. In fact, I snapped this picture on Wednesday morning. There's a youthful freshness about Nature at this time of year. The greens are greener and blossom sings hopefully for passing insects. Migrating birds are returning, cavorting acrobatically in the blue sky above.

Yesterday morning I saw a beautiful bullfinch close by our kitchen window and later in the day, I fired up our lawnmower for the first time this year. Last month two rows of potatoes were planted further up the garden and soon I'll put courgette seeds in little pots of compost before planting them in the vegetable plot and there'll be runner beans and peas and maybe leeks too.

Meantime, Buddha sits serenely under a laurel bush beneath one of our apple trees - watching the sparrows and reminding me of Thailand.

27 comments:

  1. I looked at your first photo and immediately thought of the word "verdant" which I have never used in my life before!

    The sheep look very realistic, I love the touch of whimsy.

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    1. Glad I gave you the opportunity to use the word "verdant" for the first time Kylie.

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  2. Hello, YP. Every spring I search for words which will describe the new green of the pecans, the oaks, the magnolias, the Bradford pears. You and I live in such distant places and yet...
    Here we are. With such gorgeous, sigh-inducing newness surrounding us. Isn't that amazing?

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    1. Indeed it is Mrs Moon. Thanks for calling by. I am pleased to learn that Nature still thrills you too.
      Regards, Neil (Yorkshire Pudding)

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  3. I would miss a vegetable garden. I like veggies right out of the garden.

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    1. Growing some of one's own vegetables connects us with our distant ancestors.

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  4. This is by far, the most wonderful month. Everything fresh and new, no hopes dashed, at least in the veg growing department!
    I love each season in its turn. It's good to be alive.
    The miracle of planting a tiny seed and watching it grow never ceases to amaze me.
    Lovely photos, as always.

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    1. Thfiere are some things that should never bore us or fail to fill our hearts with wonder and one such thing is new growth in springtime - especially tiny seeds sprouting.

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  5. You are full of surprises; I didn't know you grew your own vegetables Neil.
    Your garden and lawn with Beau and Peep is looking lovely. Why is your hardeworking lawnmower nameless?
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. p.s. I did not mean to put an Italian ”accent” on hard(e)working! :D
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    2. I hereby christen my lawnmower Maria! She is reliable, uncomplaining and eats grass!

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  6. Yours is the first post I am reading after my enforced 3 week break. Yes, I am allowed back in the land of the Reading! May is indeed a beautiful month. I love the woods this time of year, when sunlight dapples the ground covered in the first tender green and birdsong is the melodious background on every walk.

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    1. Hurrah! So pleased to hear that you made it back to the other side so that you can get on with normal life again and enjoy country walks with your beau.

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  7. Quite a difference between North and South re grass growing ! My OH has mowed the lawn at least 6 times over the last 3/4 weeks! I love your sheep. We like to have "bits and bobs " other than plants and trees in the garden too. A favourite is vintage stone rabbit ( about 18 inches tall) that came from father in law's garden.

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    1. What is the vintage stone rabbit called Frances? If you never gave him a name, I suggest Brer!

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  8. May time is play time; but then, any time should be play time...if one has the right attitude towards Life. :)

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    1. It is nice to frolic in May, casting off one's clothes and running gleefully down to the water.

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  9. You had me fooled with the sheep until I read the first comment. I also love the 'greening' as I call it, such clear colours.
    Briony
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    1. Our sheep are called Beau and Peep. "Greening" is a great way to describe what is happening across England right now.

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  10. Isn't it a wonderful time of year in the garden? Do you move Beau and Peep around so they don't eat all the grass in one spot?

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    1. Yes I do and as it is so hot today I have stuck a red bucket of water under Beau's nose so she can drink.

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  11. After beautiful weather whilst England was languishing in dismal conditions we have now swapped. No more pleasant gardening in the sun here: instead making wind supports for the delphiniums and lavatera to stop them being demolished.

    Verdant is a very good word for your garden.

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  12. I was sitting outside yesterday trying to think of the right words to describe all the beauty that surrounds us this time of year.

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    1. Some things are beyond words. Best just to stay quiet absorbing the beauty.

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  13. It's great to see your garden -- which I remember being quite snowy not so long ago -- looking so lush!

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    1. You can just see the houses behind our house through the trees. They are 100 yards from our back door.

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