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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Sunday 5 May 2013

12 Months in View - May Garden

Here's my garden this month. Coming alive at last after the prolonged Winter. Magnolia in full bloom, Birch tree in leaf and Alliums coming up a treat below.
The leaves on the Magnolia have come out a lot since taking this on 1st and the Wisteria buds have gone all fluffy too - not long for them now.

Here are some more photos of our garden coming to life.

A close-up of the Magnolia.

A couple of the Snake's Head Fritillary have emerged from the between the snowdrop leaves and this
red beetle seems to like them very much.

The Camellia seems to be frost damaged on the outside as the flowers all tend to be on the side facing the conservatory. I popped a bee on a fallen flower on our wooden mushroom.

Outside the conservatory our bluebells are growing frantically, they come up in-between all the paving stones and wherever they please. In the conservatory my Arum Lily has flowered again. My son bought it for me for Mother's Day a few years ago and it re-flowered last year with about 9 flowers but this year it is very late, with one solitary flower.

Out the front I still have my Primulas in my baskets and window box. I take the lazy way with them and just pop the pots in the basket rather than planting them in the soil there.

We cut back our front hedge rather drastically last year and it is just coming back into its own. We have Dunnocks nesting in there which is a delight. I planted some Periwinkles for ground cover last month. Oh and a little patch of violets has come up too.

Yes I think that is our garden coming to life again.


froebelsternchen said...

wonderful ART Blog!


505whimsygirl said...

Hi BJ,

Absolutely beautiful! I love wisteria and magnolias!!!! My lilac had blooms on it then we promptly got two hard frosts so we'll see if I get any more blooms or not. The mexican lavender is coming along. Can't wait for blossoms.


Anne said...

Your garden is looking lovely BJ. We have just started to see some colour. Your photos are brilliant. think I might need a new camera. Anne x

Unknown said...

Your flowers and garden are beautiful! I am partial to the camillas and the magnolias.

Susan Ernst said...

so pretty! and to have a conservatory and grow camellias! How wonderful!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous photos of your garden - love the magnolia and it is so nice to see the bluebells coming out again. If I'm not very much mistaken that's a lily beetle you have munching on your Fritillaries - they are a pest! In fact, the RHS describes them as the lily growers nemesis. Here's link - http://www.rhs.org.uk/science/plant-pests/lily-beetle

Sorry to be the bringer of such bad news but if you have lilies growing in the garden now is the time to try to get rid of these red devils.

Elizabeth xx