Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A late arrival

I have been humming a certain tune under my breath for many weeks as the winter dragged on and on and on. I usually think of versions of this song by Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan but, following news of her death a few weeks ago, I'd like to play Deanna Durbin singing Spring will be a little late this year.

I thought that the garden would never recover from the long months of rain. I watched in dismay as the topsoil was daily washed down onto the yard below, forming a sludge that had to be removed quickly before it could get into our narrow drains. Local farmers said the crops this year, if they could ever get them planted, would be poor in quality as well as late because the soil's nutrients had been washed away by the floods. Imagine my happy surprise, therefore, when I returned from my peregrinations to find the sun shining and the garden bursting with blooms!  Cue another song:

Here are a few of my garden delights:

 The last of the camellias sit next to the first signs of the magnolia and lilac flowers against a remarkably blue sky.
 Spring flowers are coming into their own at last.

 and the shrubs and apple tree are all in blossom.

I have started to plant up my patio pots, only five weeks later than usual! I had this little companion throughout, almost pushing me away when he caught sight of a worm.
Today, the rain has come back and the temperature has plummeted; gale force winds are forecast for tomorrow. Perhaps our late spring will have lasted for just a few days but it was worth waiting for and perhaps the garden will survive yet again.


  1. Durbin's voice is so sweet. I don't believe I've ever heard her before. I can see how her song perfectly matched the mood of so many throughout long winters in so many places. Dinah Washington's perfectly spoke of the miracle we feel when our gray cold winter has turned at last to spring. (Except that with both of them a man's absence was to blame!)

    I love the way your garden is layered in flowers, shrubs and trees. It's what I think of when I think English garden. So beautiful! That circular planter is nice! I hope your little gardening companion sticks around and the next cold blasts doesn't chill him too much. I think we are about to get to the end of all our "winters", blackberry winter being what we've had this week in Nashville with heaters turned back on.

    Oh, for a month of no heating and no air conditioning! Windows open to the breeze. I know you loved your visits but I'm glad you're back!

    1. I like the term "blackberry winter," Derwena. I haven't heard it before. I'm so pleased that we have been able to turn off the central heating at last. We only have air conditioning in the car, not the house - our summers are not so hot as yours -but it is lovely to have all the windows open after months of closed windows and drawn curtains.

      I'm glad you like my little garden. It is usually at its best in May and June. I like to have lots of bee-friendly plants. The circular planter is my herb garden which needs a lot of replanting this year as many did not survive the heavy rain. I grow a few peas, beans and salad vegetables in pots in the yard but I have nothing like your acres of land and certainly no wonderful waterfall and stream (creek?) like you. My sister-in-law visited today and suggested I put some kind of water feature running down my rockery. I'll work on it.

  2. Love the photos and the music and especially the Robin!

    I hope your Sun comes back soon it makes such a difference doesn't it!

    We're having a late Spring here too...but the Sun is out today :0)

  3. Hi Val
    I think that Robin has gone to hide away from the cold winds again. I can see the apple blossom flying off the tree and my apple crop with it! Still, we had a few lovely days and ate all our meals in the garden. We can't have everything! I hope your Spring lasts a little longer.


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