Saturday, 30 January 2010

Back to life

".....and she thought she saw something sticking out of the black earth - some sharp little pale green points. She remembered what Ben Weatherstaff had said, and she knelt down to look at them.
"yes, they are tiny growing things and they might be crocuses or snowdrops or daffodils," she whispered.
She bent very close to them and sniffed the fresh of the damp earth. She liked it very much."

"I wish the spring was here now," said Mary. " I want to see all the things that grow in England."
THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Oh Mary so do I!
....and the sky is blue, blue, blue today and the sun is bright and shining and we are going to spend the weekend outside in the garden. There is so much to do!
It has been ravaged by snow and yet still those brave spring bulbs are poking out of the earth.
It is very very cold out there, Mr.Boodle and I just poked our noses out to take in the day and our breath hung in a still white cloud.

So I may have to resort to organising seed trays and plants pots

The first year we were in this house I planted a bed under the kitchen window with helebores, daffodils and grape hyacinths and the hyacinths have colonised us! They have doubled and doubled and doubled, so much so that I keep digging them up and splitting them and giving them to friends and most excitingly bringing a few indoors in teacups and old pots.

And then before long, the bulbs start in earnest.........................can't wait!


Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Sarah x


42 comments:

  1. Hello darling Sarah-Jane, what a lovely post. Like you, I am impatiently waiting for spring. A few of my plants have amazed me by waking up and finally painting my garden with a little color. Soon darling soon. In the meantime enjoy your garden this weekend.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  2. oh wow sarah your garden is going to be beauuutiful! i'm so envious! it will be our first spring here so looking forward to seeing what pops up if there is anything to pop up that is, but i did manage to plant the odd bulb here and there ;0) so looking forward to the sweet smell of spring! smartie isn't bothered, he's still enjoying the dusting of snow this morning hehe! han x x

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  3. What a beautiful garden & lovely words to match!! Spring looks like i has come early?? While we're sweltering in Canberra now, it will soon be freezing again with snow, how soon we forget Winter while we're Summer. Thing about Canberra in Australia is even in Winter the skies are bright blue & gorgeous, it's just 1C outside & brrrr . . . love Posie

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  4. I bought a pot of grape hyacinth this week and they are sat on my dining room table, they are one of my favourite plants. Yesterday they started to turn blue at the bottom, so excited!
    Enjoy your gardening.
    Lisa x

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  5. How very beautiful. I have snowdrops popping up all over the place in my garden, and other soon to be identified flowers doing their very best to burst through, they are tough these little gems look how they have survived the snow, frosts and cold xxx

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  6. oh my! I love your potting shed!
    wonderful isn't how you can go from snow to growing things popping from the ground
    lovely

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  7. Goodness Sarah are these pictures of your spring garden doings? They're beautiful! It is a little too cold here today to go and tinker but I am itching to go and plant some anemone bulbs (funny, wrinkly lumpy things aren't they?) in an old enamel watering can. I KNOW how much joy they'll give me in June. Thankyou for a post that is so pleasing on the eye x

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  8. Gosh that all looks so beautiful. Quite dreamy.

    Love your basket of bulbs so pretty and colourful. I really hanker to be a bit more green fingered but due to the fact it would all have to be in pots and not really having a clue, beyond the usual slinging some hastily brought plants in pots around April time, so there is a bit of colour in the garden throughout summer! I am hopeless! oh dear.

    Thanks though for that lovely spring like blast of fresh air!


    Have a lovley weekend.


    MBBx

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  9. Spring is on it's way, even in Staffordshire we are beginning to see some signs, catkins on hazels and snow drops are well and truly out now. My potted bulbs are just starting to pop their leaves through now too, so not long to wait. In the mean time we enjoyed a little more snow overnight.
    What a wonderfully organised potting shed you have!

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  10. I am so completely jealous. Look at all those beautiful flowers. It is still cold, grey, and dead around here, and probably will be for several more months. What beautiful colours, and how much joy you must bring to others by giving them a piece of such beauty. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Gorgeous post. I love the teacups. I cant wait for Spring to start. I have just had a look around the garden today for the first time since Christmas and all the bulbs are coming through so wont be long!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Susie

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  12. Oh yes spring I can just smell the flowers. The sun is shining here where I live, so thats nice to see. Your bulbs are going to look wonderful. best wishes Julie.C

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  13. I love that story...The Secret Garden!!!! Oh now you have me sooooo excited..yes Spring is on her way! Things are popping up like crazy around my yard. Happy weekend my friend. xoxoxo

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  14. Hello Sarah! Still no gardening here as we were snowed again last night!
    Have a wonderful weekend!xxx

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  15. I spent a little time in the greenhouse today, the bulbs are popping, spring is coming.
    Lovely post, thankyou.
    Love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  16. Lovely post Sarah! I start getting Spring Fever almost right after I take down the Christmas decorations. :) We have enough sunny days here that I too have seen some of my bulbs starting. (not as many or as glorious as yours) Enjoy your sunny weekend! Rebecca :) Hugs.

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  17. Wow your pots look incredibly well organised anyway!It was glorious to see the sun today, your garden looks like a treasure- ENJOY!
    Warm Wishes,
    Cally x

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  18. there is nothing like the tenacity of bulbs is there for making you feel that winter has lost its grip!

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  19. Hi Sarah Jane! You've made me all Excited! I'm really looking forward to seeing the shoots come up in my garden. (I live in Manchester after all!) Thank you for such a beautiful post. Love Amanda xxx

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  20. Thank you for the quote from one of my all time favourite books :-)

    I like to read it during February, it's just the right time of year of it... and we're nearly there!

    Love Charlotte
    xxx

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  21. I love the Secret Garden too .... I can't wait for Spring .... but we had more snow flurries yesterday and today ... so I think it's still a little way off yet where I live. However, I've got some miniature daffodils starting to poke through, so that's exciting!
    Love Kathy xxx

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  22. The Secret Garden was one of my favorite stories when I was a girl. And I absolutely LOVE your picture at the top with all the daffodils. Those were my Grandmother's favorite flower.

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  23. I love the Secret Garden... such a lovely story.

    I can't wait until my parents get out in our garden and start planting for the Summer.

    Victoria xx

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  24. what a lovely blog, such wonderful pictures

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  25. I need your gardening skills to bring our patch to life I think Sarah-Jane. I can just picture that lovely bed under your window bursting full of life. I did put lily of the valley in last year, but the chickens were pretty mean to them.

    Lisa x

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  26. Ooh, your post has filled me with excitement about what's to come, only sadly not in our garden! Brrrr, way too cold to investigate.

    Your photos are superb - very Country Living!! x

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  27. Absolutely beautiful pictures, especially that little iron gate? not sure what it is, but I love it. Your pots are so wonderful and a true inspiration.

    Don't worry about the helebores, daffodils and grape hyacinths spreading like crazy, send some to me;-)

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  28. Wow I just wrote an entry on the country side but stumbling upon your blog made me realize jsut how much I want to go back. Lovely photos and descriptions. Those bulbs look like they're growing out to be quite beautiful! Enjoy! x LZ

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  29. Am green with envy at your exquisite photos. We only have snowdrop buds at the mo. My hellibores are just hopeful green shoots and no sign of grape hyacinth or crocus yet.

    However the one saving grace is my witchhazel. I look out every day and see an explosion of tiny golden fireworks.

    Hope your marmalade was as yummy as my mummy's.

    Jo x

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  30. I have a few little bulbs popping their heads through the frosty ground.Grape hyacinths and the little delicate narcissi are so pretty planted together.Your pictures are lovely!

    Bellaboo

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  31. What a wonderful blog. Don't know how I got here but I'm following so I can always find my way back!

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  32. I really love your sweet blog - how I've been missing hyacinths! They're not due to start blooming here for a few months yet :(

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  33. What a gorgeous post, Sarah!
    I see so many of those lovely teapots with bulbs, do people just drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage? Is that even possible, they look so delicate?
    Luisa

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  34. My darling I popped in to wish you a love filled February full of blessings.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  35. I have just found your blog very much by accident and what a lovely sight I have stumbled across. I will now be staying! I am very envious of both your garden and your photography xx

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  36. What a beautiful blog post - I just love it :o) Lovely blog too ... I'll definitley be back to visit. Spring is just seconds away .... I saw lambs in the field on the way home today :o)

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  37. i have such a fondness for grape hyacinths... they remind me of my childhood... your blog is fantastic... so happy to have found you..x pam

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  38. 生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。 ..................................................

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  39. so do I too! i cant wait to put little tiny bunches of daffodils here and there! fliss xx

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  41. A beautiful post! Full of hope and of fresh new things to come. Spring is a very positive season. Your garden looks just like the kind I love!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Take care
    Isabelle x

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