Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Sun is A Shining to Welcome the Day... 18-19 April 2009

The Deenery with the red acer, the magnolia stellata, narcissus and tulips in front of it

Well, can you believe it? 2 days sunshine on the trot! Amazing. However, today I've been in the dumps in spite of it. Ah well, it'll pass. Yesterday, I took photos so I will post those instead.

The Black Tulip have almost arrived

This one's almost out. The heads are smaller than last year. I will have to feed them

I love the bright lime green of this acer's new leaves as they unfurl

The leaves of this acer shine gloriously in the evening sun. It is in fact a darker purple than it looks here.

This pretty tree is on the arboretum, below is the blossom, close up

This blossom is from a tiny little cherry tree!

The gorse is still looking amazing, especially in the sunshine against the blue sky

In the orchard, the cherry blossom is fully out

and the pear looks a picture

This is a Whitebeam. Jim planted it recently, although we had it in a pot to strengthen it until now.

Did someone mention tulips? These are in the arboretum bed. I love their colour and got a bit carried away photographing them!

This is a miniature willow tree, it's covered in 'pussy willow'. You can judge the size from the forget-me-nots alongside and the fading daffodils behind.

Will the Judas Tree blossom ever materialise?

BlackJack followed me about as usual

This cream tulip had a surprise - a red splash

Heuchera leaves all fresh and new

Narcissus and tulips

This tulip from above looks like a star fish

I think that's enough for one day. I'll post some more next time. It's 4.30am. Can't sleep.


Leatherdykeuk said...

Lovely photos, Gina.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photographs Gina - sorry you can't sleep although we have benefited by getting your super garden to see.

Ces said...

OOOOOOH BT, What a beautiful sight! You are my favorite gardener.

BT, is that a mole in the previous post. I've read that there are no moles in ireland. Is that true? What is that then?

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Great Photos.Guess what I got in the mail today? Today being Monday the 20th. Yep, your lovely card and ATC. I LOVED that ATC when I saw it on your blog.. Thank you so much for sending it to me. Now I will have to make some to send out in payment, Now that I see what they are, and also thank you for the hand made card with leaves from your garden. All the way to Oregon from Ireland. Also Thanks for the Get Well wishes. I am finally well. Thank you so much. XOXO Cris

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

PS I blogged the ATC and the ones That Soulbrush sent me. I had none and now I have four. :))

Stampmaiden said...

Gina, what a beautiful sight that deenery is! So picture perfect. The pink cherry blossoms are so pretty and frilly. Black tulips! OOOO! Thanks for adding pictures of them. I can't remember all the other lovely flowers and trees you featured today but I do remember what a great time I had visiting!

soulbrush said...

i saw this on 'blooming tuesday' (BT) and it is perfect for today.
guess what? i got your ATC cards and they are just WOW!!! I truly love them, so perfectly done, but my favourite has to be the 'dog in the garden'...have just posted about them. thanks so much BT that was fun...and cheer up now...your world looks so sunny. like london right now.

DK Leather said...

~smiles~ beautiful pictures as always... I posted some last night on my livejournal ( - you'd like my tulip ones :-)

hope your blues are shifting. I keep thinking mine are gone, but then they irritate me again!

deepazartz said...

Hi Gina..saw your atcs in Soul's blog..its just Amazing!This is my first time here. You are from Ireland..thts so nice. I am originally from India now residing in Dubai.

I loved your blooms...its so Pretty & Lovely!
Have a blooming day!
Wishing you all the luck.

ChrisH said...

Thanks to you - I actually got out and did some gardening!!!! Mind, you, my garden will never look as good as yours.

BT said...

Thanks Rachel.

Thanks, Weaver. I was wondering if I'd find time to post them!

Chris, I am so glad you liked that ATC. I had another ready for you but when you commented on that one, I swapped it. It shines, doens't it? I'm so glad you are better, too. What a wonderful thing blogging is. Ireland and Oregon connected in a second. Amazing.

Ces said...

BT again what a visual extravaganza! You are most definitely a very interesting woman. I love your decades!

BT said...

Oh Ces, I've just had to go back through and find out what you mean about moles. No, it's not a mole, it's a vole!! Or a shrew, more likely. Shrews are really tiny, smaller than moles and don't dig like moles. They also have tiny pointy noses, if you click on the picture you can see. Moles also have splayed out front feet for digging.

Jim isn't sure about moles. We don't have them here as we're on rock and the mole wouldn't be able to dig. We will investigate further..... We don't have snakes, that's for sure.

BT said...

Aha, Ces, the oracle upstairs - he say in Ireland we don't have moles, only bank voles and pygmy shrews. Our little fellow is a pygmy shrew. It says you don't see them often as they are very shy but we see them all the time when the cat catches them!!

BT said...

Stampmaiden, I'm so glad you enjoyed the Deenery tour! The whole garden is bursting. I brought Jim some white pom pom dahlia corms to plant from the UK. They'll be a while before they flower.

soulbrush, so glad you liked the ATCs. I liked the little dog too! We must do it again. I am happier now. It comes and goes.

Thanks DK. I'll look at your photos tomorrow, must go to bed.

deepazartz, so lovely to see you and thank you for the comments about my ATCs. I will come and visit your blog tomorrow, it's too late now and I must go to bed...

ChrisH, ha ha, I laughed that I made you go and garden!!! It will do your soul good.

Ces said...

Thank you BT. Yes I have heard of voles and shrews. My neighbor is a shrew!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Glorious!! Black tulips against lime green. A perfectly wonderful combination! Spring has well and truly arrived in your garden.

I do hope you sleep the whole night through tonight!!

Hellos to Buster from Edward!!

BT said...

Ces, funnily enough, my neighbour is too!!

Hello Pamela, I've been to the UK for 3 days and the tulips are all out now (the black ones). They are lovely. Hi Edward ~Buster waves~.

Renee said...

BT even though you show us tons of pictures of your garden, I always want more.

Stable is good because with stage 4 it will only get worse.

Love Renee xoxo

BT said...

Hello lovely Renee, I'm so glad you like the photos, it's just as well really as I pile them on!! I'm glad stable is positive. How long before the next lot? (of tests).

marianne said...

Wonderful pictures!
What a beautiful garden you have, so much work.....

BT said...

Thank you marianne, but I love the work!

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