Floral Abundance

Lovely! The peony (Paeonia) certainly brightens the world, doesn’t it? This lush bloom is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of his teacher by turning him into the peony flower. Today peonies symbolize wealth and honour, and are considered to…

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Smell the Roses

We have some fantastic gardeners in our neighbourbood, people who surround their homes with foreign poppies, Nessie hedges, and seasonal blooms that take my breath away. Roses are blooming now, so the sun-warmed air was filled with their perfume as I walked to the village this morning. I can smell these yellow roses from half a block…

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A California Immigrant

California poppies, Eschscholzia californica… these golden beauties are a touch of home-away-from-home for me, and always evoke a flood of memories. As a child I was taught that our state flowers were special, and never to be picked. I have always appreciated their seasonal appearance, but never more so than since I’ve been living here in England….

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Nessie Hedge

This sinuous privet hedge makes me smile every time I go past. Jeff calls it the Loch Ness Hedge of Thundersley Grove.

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The Sweet Scent of Spring

The weather is so mild today that we have all our windows open… the birds are singing and these sweet lilacs are perfuming the air both inside and out. My walk through the neighbourhood today smelled as good as it looked. I do love Spring!

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An Evening Stroll

We drove down to Two Tree Island for an evening stroll to take advantage of the warming weather and lengthening days. Hoping to hear the resident nightingales sing their famous song, we were rewarded with both a song and a sighting as we wandered along the track that leads through their territory. Further on, the…

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Birthday Treats

The rains that were predicted for the weekend never really materialized, so yesterday afternoon we admired the flowers and gardens that are growing and changing day by day as we walked through the village en route to a Very Special Birthday Party. My friend Jasper turned 2 years old and he celebrated by throwing a party for his family…

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In the Shadows

I made it out into the world today, several times in fact, but this photo is one we’ve been stalking for several days. We do not have a well-heeled garden. Local plants, especially wild ones, predominate, and priority is given to those that have interesting stories or that entice visitors from the bird and insect worlds. Jeff,…

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Early May Bank Holiday

Today is a holiday here in the UK. Technically it is the May Day holiday in England, but most people seem to just refer to it as the Early May Bank Holiday (as opposed to the Spring Bank Holiday which comes at the end of the month). Although the internet insists that we are busy with Maypole…

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Just Hanging Out

Roosting boxes like these provide temporary shelter to birds passing through our gardens, giving them a place to spend the night, away from predators and inclement weather. Never intended to be used for nesting or raising hatchlings, these safe havens attract blue tits, wrens, robins, and goldcrests here in our corner of the world. While we all enjoy…

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