Spring On Its Way!

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Dottie May

Spring On Its Way!

The ride-on grass mower was collected yesterday for its annual maintenance overhaul. With all this rain I'm sure our grass is growing - its looking very lush as well so will need cutting very soon.

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Essex Girl

Spring!

Yes, it's certainly nice to see all the bulbs coming through but I can't imagine how long it'll take for our grass to dry out enough to cut!

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Cinnamontwirl

Spring

Noticed this morning, in our little courtyard garden, that the snowdrops are in flower and there are buds on some daffodils. Lots of shoots on the climbing plants too. Love this time of year. All we need is some sunshine. Cinnamon.

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Essex Girl

Spring!

I ventured out on to the grass at the back yesterday. Big mistake! It was the squelchiest I've ever known. I just wanted to see if there's anything coming up that I can't see from the kitchen window. All I saw was a new bunch of chives. We have snowdrops, crocus and daffodils in bloom and the house over the road already has grape hyacinths in the front garden. Agree, Cinnamon - it's lovely to see all the buds appearing.

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violet eyes

Spring is on it's way

Last spring I had a new rose to plant, it's been in flower ever since. Luckily it's a rose that flowers for a long time and only drops it's petals once it's finished so the last three have lasted for weeks. I have noticed one more bud to open then I think it will need a prune.
I can't wait to get out in the garden again. We have a lot of moss in the grass so I think I will be out there for a while.
I have violets everywhere and primroses and pots and baskets of violas brightening up the dull wet days and not forgetting the wallflowers that are beginning to open.
Let's hope we don't get any snow.

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Essex Girl

Spring Flowers

Violet, you mentioning wallflowers brings back memories of my childhood. My father used to put loads of them in the garden and the smell was just gorgeous.

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maggie-

Smells that evoke memory

I just read your post Essex Girl.

For me its Freesias, I don't think there is any scent to match a freesia. I love their perfume. My gran was from South Africa but lived most of her life in England. Freesias are all over the place in Cape Town, beautiful. She grew them from quorns! or maybe its corms? bought from Holland... I think it was a little reminder of home but gave her immense pleasure.

The other smell is sausages, every sunday morning she would put them on and then potter off into the garden. We Always woke up to the smell of burnt sausages... didn't put me off sausages though! : )

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Evocative smells

Two lovely stories! I can always remember the smell of coming home from school on a grey, rainy day (there were lots of them in Liverpool!)and if my mum had been ironing there was that steamy clean clothes smell. If she was making mince and potatoes on the same day as ironing it was a double bonus!

I love ironing and always press the steam button more than is necessary - but it's never the same...

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Honey

Evocative smells...

... In our house it was my father producing the wonderful breakfast smells on a Sunday morning. He would walk the dog first (and if it was mushroom season that was a bonus, I could always smell them if he'd picked mushrooms) and then he'd come back and cook Sunday breakfast (sausage, bacon and eggs) before he went off to play a round of golf. Snag was it was always an ungodly hour of the morning because he wanted to be round the course in time to visit the 19th hole (club house) and visit his brother who owned a pub. So Sunday lunch was always on the back burner waiting for him to return. But he got away with it because he'd earned his brownie points before he left (no flies on my Dad). They'd never heard of no drinking and driving in those days.

H x

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violet eyes

that's it now....

spring has arrived. The grass has had it's first cut and the garden is looking good.
Only problem now is that when the weather is fine I would rather be out there than doing the housework/cooking.
The scent coming from the wallflowers brings back many happy memories. I wish I could grow freesias, they too have a beautiful scent, sometimes I'm lucky and get bought a bunch.

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Essex Girl

Memorable Smells

There's an ingredient in sun tan lotion that I love the smell of. Always makes me think of sunshine, beaches and far-away places.

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maggie-

Spring

'I love ironing'.... Is that a typo Noreen?! :O

Do you paint your Roses Violet Eyes?

Its a beautiful day here today. We had our lunch outside, first time this year. It feels welcome to get out from under an umbrella!



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violet eyes

painting roses

maggie, no I'm rubbish at painting. I just plant and watch them grow. Do you paint roses?

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SonyaK

Painting Roses

Made me smile!!
Thinking of 'Alice in Wonderland' where the gardeners were painting the white roses red, so the Queen of Hearts wouldn't punish them!!

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maggie-

Painting Roses

Sadly no, I haven't picked up a sable paintbrush since doing Art A level. plenty of emulsion brushes!! I did do a lovely project, I painted our garden every month through the year. Its the only thing I enjoyed about my A levels! The only drawings I do these days are fairytale princesses and the like that my 3 yr old goddaughter loves to colour in...she designs them of course!

I just imagined you painting what sounds like a beautiful garden and your cat patrolling his territory proudly!

 
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