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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring.

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happymarion

My tulip tree one of my favourites has its first leaves opening above the kerria in my spinney.


 

chicky

Despite all my fretting, my magnolia flowers seem to have survived the frosts - I love it when they are against blue sky too ...


 


 

happymarion

Or at sunrise and sunset!  Lovely pics.

happymarion

My late tulips are hot on the heels of the early ones this year.  These ones are a lovely deep red, very dramatic.


 

happymarion

My wine red tulips are opening now and my double yellow, orange, red ones are still stunning,  The forget -me-nots are making a fine show before the blurebells swamp them .


 


 


 


 

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Fairygirl

Lovely tulips Marion-esp the deep red ones.

Passed a house today that had a big border of tulips all out and it was very pretty. They were quite sheltered so that must be why, as everything here is so late. Snowdrops are only just dying back.

happymarion

The bluebells are just opening here and the apple blossom which is very late for both, but the good news is there are lots of bees and butterflies out today so great hopes for good pollination this year.

gardeningfantic

happymarion.. many thanks for the id.. i thought it was one of those.. but not know anything about which one.

Busy-Lizzie

Lovely photos again Marion.

The tiarellas are foaming here.


 

Salino

Epimedium 'Frohnleiten'... I do love the juvenile foliage on these..

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chicky

A full month after Marion's, my tulips are finally in bloom !


 Ok, so the colours don't quite go with the rest of the border - but they are zingy, and they make me smile

Fairygirl

Salino- lovely foliage on that epimedium 

Salino

...Yes thank you, I think it's very nice.. so easy to grow too...

I've done a little alpine bowl, having seen yours.  Remains to be seen if mine will be as nice...  I've used a couple of Sempervivums, alpine Geranium cinereum, and a white Erodium reichardii,...

I also like Busy-Lizzie's white trough, it looks like wood but suppose it could be plastic.  I do like that very much... I'd really like one... perhaps 3 even...

Fairygirl

Salino the alpines will be lovely. I might do a few more of them and put them up on something so that if I'm sitting I can see them properly.

3 troughs would be better wouldn't they...

Who said less is more..

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Busy-Lizzie

Lovely epimedium.Tulips make me smile too, like bright jewels. Mine are nearly over. Wisteria is coming out.

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Busy-Lizzie

Forgot to say, the white trough is sort of plastic resin by Grosfillex. It is about 25 years old. We bought 5 of them and they have lasted incredibly well.

Salino

^oh thank you, I shall see if I can find one.... yes one Fairygirl, I think you're right...

...not only a fine Wisteria above... but the railings it's growing on are a feature in itself I would say.... something of a 'Monet' look to that....??

 

here is Houstonia 'Millards variety', also known as Hedyotis caerulea, Bluets or Quaker Ladies....... not quite sure where they got that one from....  said to grow best in poor acid damp soil.   I wouldn't like to say what this is growing in,... builders sand - rubble - not acid... full sun - dry...? .. it puts up with me...

 

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...a close up of Clematis alpina 'Frances Rivis'... I love these huge flowers...

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Busy-Lizzie

What a wonderful clematis. Now I'll have to look for that one.

Salino

...I'm glad you like it... I love taking close ups like this.  I don't know about anyone else but I see several creatures in that photo... large bees..? for instance or some alien monster. I see a pair of eyes, a big blue nose and 4 wings... as if they're all about to land... like something from a space ship... or from Doctor Who...?