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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Awakening


Spring is in the air. I can smell it. 

It's about time!  

 

On Monday the sun came out, ladybirds started to stir and the bees began to buzz again. You could almost hear the crocus pushing upwards 
and reaching for the light, mud still clinging to their legs.



Time is travelling fast. I've been sowing seeds and working on the veg plot at Tumbledown. I'm getting ready for a busy year. 
Stilton is supervising me carefully.


I'm working on several other posts but I am making the most of this sudden burst of good weather so you will have to bear with me. 
I hope you will enjoy this first taste of spring in the meantime.

47 comments:

Cyndy said...

Oh, I love the muddy legs of your crocuses! We tried to wake up in Connecticut yesterday, at 50 F, but this morning it's snowing again!

gz said...

Welcome back!
AS I took my man back up his mountain yesterday there was still snow by the road just to remind us that we're not quite there yet!!

Emma said...

You're not wrong RO, spring was kind of sprung yesterday, I was pruning all day in the warm sun and the birds were shouting their heads off and it was sooooo gorgeous. Now today, freezing cold again and grey. Pah! Lovely photos by the way. Emma x

Kiki said...

So beautiful...I love this color palette..gorgeous!
Kiki~

Edith Hope said...

Dear RO, With such wonderful, spring-like pictures - your crocuses are lovely - it almost does not matter if spring is really with us or not because we can enjoy it right here. And Stilton appears happy.

Juliet said...

They are gorgeous pics, RO. My lilac ones aren't out yet - I just have yellow and white - but it was lovely yesterday when the sun was shining on them and they opened up. It does feel like spring at last!

Stone Art said...

I love visiting your blog, you always have such lovely photos.

Liz said...

Lovely photos, Crocus are wonderful and I can imagine they have brought a massive smile to your face - how could they not?

Noelle said...

Absolutely lovely. The crocus remind me of my visit to England back in March of 2001. Everything was starting to flower :^)

Meredith said...

Those photos are so beautiful... how the light penetrates every petal. Enjoy your spring weather! (I'm jealous. ;)

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Oh, I want to be there with you, admiring the crocus. Still snow here.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Stunning images
K

HappyMouffetard said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, RO. Never mind muddy knees, you must have got a muddy tummy!

Rothschild Orchid said...

Lol. Yes you are right Happy M I did get a muddy tummy but it was worth it!

Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone, they have brightened up my day.

RO xxx

Darla said...

Wonderful captures of your crocuses here!!

fairegarden said...

Oh it is a delicious taste, R.O., thanks! We are starving for that kind of wake up call. The shots are superb. :-)
Frances

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Your crocus are beautiful! Nothing shouts spring like a swath of early blooming crocus!

Anna said...

Great photos RO! Wasn't Monday a real taste of spring especially after such a grim Sunday ? I was just down the road from you in Peterborough where I espied my first ladybird of the year too :)

Joseph said...

delicately lovely! i'm sooo excited for spring, i could just sprout. wait, that sounded bad. :D

AnneTanne said...

It's such a pleasure to see the crocusses burst into blooms...
When the sun shines, it seems that you can see them growing and opening!

(We had some beautiful, sunny, although cold days here. The next days will be cold and cloudy...)

shirl said...

Oh RO... these images did make me smile! Saw some on a garden visit yesterday too. Must take a look in my garden tomorrow :-)

Lillys Garden said...

I really love the photographs!!!

Lesley said...

Fabulous photos! Used to have SLR, but it is just point and snap these days with Nikon and the difference is astounding! Do you sell camera advice?

Best Wishes

Robert

Rothschild Orchid said...

Jospeh if you are going to do that I may have to move you to the greenhouse! :oP

Robert SLR's are fantastic. I use a Cannon as that is what I'm used to. The great thing about SLR's these days is that they come with several auto settings such as Macro, Landscape and Portrait and if you switch to them the camera will automatically focus for you and you don't have to worry about the fiddly technical stuff if you don't want to! So you can treat them like point and clicks if you wish, the difference is you get a much better quality pic with the SLR.

Saying that it is still possible to take some wonderful pics with point and clicks and now there is a new generation of them with cameras like the Olympus Pen. I must admit I often wish my camera wasn't quite so bulky!

RO xx

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Just gorgeous! Nothing says spring like Crocuses.

Gail said...

It's completely enjoyable! Thank you very much! gail

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a lovely confirmation that spring is here. Wish I could get down on the ground like that, but I have frozen shoulder, and it doesn't work right now. But wow, I love your photos.

So beautiful!

Jen

Chris said...

Wonderful images :-)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What beautiful pictures! Sure looks like Spring!!

noel said...

i truly enjoyed seeing spring in your corner of the world and feeling your energy of working in the soil...wish i didn't have too many indoor things to do to day :(

Rosie said...

Hi RO - love your pics - soil'n all - I got muddy knees this evening trying to capture the first crocus in the garden. You sure have a lovely drift of them there.

Tracey @ iGrowVeg said...

These crocus pictures have really brightened up my day! They are fantastic. Even driving home this evening, seeing the sun low in the sky, I thought yep spring is definitely here.

kate smudges said...

Your crocus photos are superb ~ beautifully focussed and wonderfully lit. I love the bits of soil still clinging to those sturdy little stems. What a treat to see! Enjoy the arrival of spring.

joey said...

A stunning parade of crocus! Please know how lucky you are to see them pop ... we are way behind!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Ah, crocuseseses. They make me instantly happy to see their shining petals and upturned 'faces', usually stuffed with happy bees. Thank you for these photos, RO, they're wonderful.

Carol said...

RO ... these are stunning and astonishing photos... like landscapes! Gorgeous light and colors ... and I love the shadows and soft focus! Delightful and inspiring to see! ;>)

Kimberly said...

I am in love with the second shot with the muddy stems from growth!

Tufa Girl said...

Those crocus photos are spectacular!

Dorothy said...

Oh my goodness the colors are so beautiful I'm glad you shared those wonderful pictures.

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

What a breath of fresh air! Gorgeous lighting in those photos;-)

Salix said...

Hi RO
What a treat! Springflowers are by far my favourites. Exceptional photos too.
Lene

Paul C said...

I love the vibrancy of the warm light here in your photos.

Elephant's Eye said...

Those muddy legs are a delight and a joy. Only you have made me understand why it is so exciting to see crocus. I did see them when we lived in Switzerland, but I wasn't gardening. And then the excitement falls flat.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

This touched my heart as only the writing and photos of a gardener can.

Thanks for this post!!!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

John said...

Nicely done. I love the fact that you lay down with the Crocus to get those shots...

thesorrygardener said...

Beautiful crocus shots, so light and airy.

Kate said...

Beautiful crocus...and beautiful cat! I'm sure those blue eyes keep a close eye on things in the garden.