We have blossom! Hurray! For weeks I have been admiring other people’s gorgeous pictures of blossom emerging from more southern latitudes, and now it has finally arrived with us!  This is the damson blossom that over hangs our garden from next door’s tree.  In the autumn they let us pick what damsons we can reach and we always have enough for at least half a dozen jars of delicious jam.

Aside from the primroses that are still going strong, more colours are emerging.


Last time’s acer is still so so so gorgeous:


And my other one is coming into leaf too..


So beautiful, huh?

In the greenhouse the seedlings are starting to grow thanks to the *slightly* sunnier days we’ve had  (though as I write this it is howling a gail and raining heavily).

The courgettes are popping up:


And these blue flowers look great…called blue flowers because someone ripped the top of the seed packet and chucked it, and that’s the part that has the name of the flower on – who’d do that? *Stares at feet and whistles*



I’m hardening off my cauliflowers and made a wood-pigeon-proof little nursery outdoors with an old fire guard.  I tuck them up in the greenhouse at night, but I’m thinking they might be ready to plant out at the weekend.

What looks promising for next time’s post are my bluebells…



..and the ceanothus…


This will be covered with blue flowers soon, but I’m loving the textures and depth of green and purple just now.

In veg bed news, my shallots have finally started to grow.  Despite my willing them daily to shoot, there’s no sign of peas yet.  I sowed some carrots in between the garlic and onions after watching Monty on Gardener’s World talking about really packing the veg into the space…he says it’s better to go for lots of smaller veg if space is limited.  So I’ve also bought Chard seeds to sow in the gaps between peas and beans.

I’m linking up once more with the other lovely green-fingered bloggers and photographers at Fable & Folk’s How does your garden grow?  Thank you for hosting this, Annie.



  1. April 8, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Your garden is looking beautiful! And how nice to have a supply of damsons hanging over your fence — I’m hoping to plant a damson tree in the garden of our forever home although that’s a little way off yet. Hope your seedlings get a few more sunny days!

    • Elizabeth
      April 14, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much! Could use a little more sunshine for the seedlings though – think we travelled back in time to February for a little while this week! xx

  2. April 8, 2016 / 10:04 am

    such gorgeous pictures. hooray for blossom! nothing quite like it. happy weekend!

    • Elizabeth
      April 14, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you! There really is nothing like blossom for feeling spring-like! xx

  3. April 9, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Soooo much love for that blossom
    Such pretty photos that sing Spring Elizabeth!
    Those purples in that last shot are just dreamy.
    Thanks for joining in again – it’s great to have you part of the HDYGG fam x

    • Elizabeth
      April 14, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you Annie! I was hoping the purple would have popped out this week, but it’s keeping us on tenterhooks for a little bit longer I think! xx

  4. April 10, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Beautiful blossom! We have none yet, still too cold round here…although there are quite a few signs of Spring, thank goodness. My courgette seedlings are about same size as yours, can’t wait to plant them out. I also name seedlings ‘pink flower’, ‘ yellow thingy’, ‘climbing wotsit’..who needs to know the proper names anyway?

    • Elizabeth
      April 14, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      Perhaps we should write our own gardening book – no latin/sensible names!?! I’m glad it’s not just me 🙂 xx

  5. April 11, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Yay for blossom! And blue flowers 🙂 I haven’t planted my courgettes yet – I’ve a north facing garden so I’m always a bit behind on my sowing, but this year it feels especially so! #hdygg

  6. April 12, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    There’s some beautiful cherry blossom about at the moment near me. I wish it would longer. I really would like a damson tree as it makes the most delicious jelly.

    • Elizabeth
      April 14, 2016 / 12:47 pm

      Yes I love damson jam, it’s that perfect sweet-but-not-too-sweet, sharp taste that I like on my toast xx

  7. April 27, 2016 / 12:34 am

    Loving the acer, i too have many flowers that are described by colour, hope you find out what the blue ones are

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