Archives for the month of: April, 2015

perfect camellia - CulzeanMysteries of mathematics

made manifest in a

lowly flower

Camellia - Culzean

may come your way…


Just when you thought it was safe to unwrap plants and harden-off the seedlings; the blossom begins to open and new leaves unfurl. When the winter woollies have been washed and put away for another season… Suddenly its winter again!

Cherry  in bloom - finally

The past few days of watching the cherry blossoms fattening, they have burst open into pink and white frilly tutus, but the wind blew up overnight tearing the blossoms from the bough…

New greens...

The grey beech trees are putting on their new spring clothes…


Thinking I would be planting out the over-wintered plants but instead they are wrapped up in fleece or still in the mini-greenhouses…

Apple blossom time; almost...

But its not all doom and gloom, the fruit trees are budding…


The garden is filling up with spring flowers, and everything putting on a growth spurt. But still no swallows or house martins; perhaps they saw the weather forecast and decided to summer on the continent, could be tempted to join them!

Whatever the weather, enjoy the season and thanks for stopping by!


Though April showers may come your way,

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets,

Because it isn’t raining rain you know,

it’s raining violets.

April Showers  (1921)

Music by Louis Silvers & Lyrics by Buddy De Sylva

Though April Showers sung by Ole Blue Eyes himself…

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

– Thomas A. Edison

It’s such a beautiful day, the sun is shining brightly, birds exchanging song across the garden. Sea is perfectly calm, pale blue, reflecting  both the mountains and clouds. An RNLI lifeboat speeds up the firth throwing up a large wake. Three frigates cruise down the firth, probably part of a navy exercise.

A clear starlit night left traces of frost over the land; flowers and grass sparkling in the early sun – an overture to a glorious day!

Still trying to get to grips with my macro lens but being a “leftie” struggling to keep the camera still and in focus. But I’ll just need to persevere – very few of us perfect a new skill in one lesson…

Thanks for stopping by – the only failure is to stop trying – here’s to trying!

Amidst wind and showers;

Spring proclaimed

Magnolia flowers


Visited the nearby National Trust Property between the showers to admire the Magnolia in blossom!

April sunset

April may have rushed in as March stormed out but finally quiet weather has arrived and with it the first peacock butterflies, bumble bees and small tortoiseshell butterflies. The garden is filled with birdsong as the robins, blackbirds, chaffinch, grey wagtails and a variety of tits sing from every available branch. Last year the blue tits nested in a hollow fencepost since replaced when the new fence was put in. A small feeling of guilt crept over me as I watched the male hunting all around the new post for the nesting hole…

Ignoring the housework, today has been the perfect day spent in the garden. Raking, hoeing, weeding, pruning, turning in the winter green manures. Checking the greenhouse and finding the pinks have been ravaged by a marauding snail, pinching out sweet-peas, remembering to water as it is HOT in there!

The gardening girls are always on hand to help, grabbing grubs and worms, scratching around in the turned earth. Oscar too ventures forth, on his lead, but is still a bit overwhelmed by new sights and sounds. We pack up early as he has an appointment at the vet for his vaccination and micro-chipping – he doesn’t like the car but doesn’t flinch when injected! Back home; and he wants out again, the chooks decide to follow him, brave if he meets one but en-masse – a bit alarming. Doggedly (cattedly?) he carries, on checking out another corner of the garden, burying his nose deep into the leaves and grass. Sniffing the vole holes, disturbing slumbering wasps…

Sunset moves steadily north, we watch the sun sink behind Kintyre, painting the sky in pink and orange. The flowers close their petals as the silver moon and sparkling stars illuminate the darkening sky. Tomorrow is another day bringing promise of another productive day in the garden.

One happy gardener, one happy cat, four happy chickens…

Good night, may tomorrow bring new promise.

A wee song from Sara Groves…

Sara Groves – Different Kinds of Happy –

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow 

 March, marched out!

Wild and unruly,

Throwing handfuls of hail

and fistfuls of rain.

April, empowered,

continued with showers,

snow, wind, rain…

Today, like a lamb,

serene and calm,

sunshine and snow capped hills.

Well, it still may be chill,

but look and be thrilled –

Spring could almost be here!


(Just a bit o’ doggerel for the day!)

Happy Birthday Smallest Daughter

Celebrate the moments whenever, whatever! Thanks for stopping by.