Sunday, 19 April 2020

In the garden

 I'd only got a couple of jobs to do in the garden this morning, funny how times runs away when you are outside isn't it?  An hour or two turned into all afternoon, I didn't mind, it was mostly pottering as I had cut the grass on Friday.

The birds kept me company, I could hear lots of Goldfinch up in our oak tree, although none have come to feed yet, I have spotted them on the roof.  Jo has told me what food to put out to encourage them, I didn't think I had what she recommended but then, when I looked, I had bought some special finch food.  I'll put some out in the morning and see what happens.  
We have had them in the garden other years so perhaps we'll be lucky again.

The girls bought me this wooden bird table for Mothers Day a couple of year ago, it was in need of freshening up so that was one of my jobs today.  

I love the faded look of the Pieris now

 We still have some late tulips flowering on one side of the path

Our Azalea has opened up over the last few days and the bluebells are out too

We have more flowers on our Rhododendron this year

So pretty

 My favourite hosta's are doing well again.  Mark really doesn't like these, I love them :-)

And my lilies have come back. I planted these last year and wasn't sure they would come again.  They have grown so much in the last week

I have little pots of seeds lining the conservatory window, some salad, and some which will hopefully bring lots of summer colour in the garden.  I'll show you the progress of those in another post.

We are very lucky to have such a good outdoor space to enjoy, especially now.  When i'm out there pottering, I can forget for a while what is going on, It calms me, keeps me sane and gives me hope.

Keep safe and well all



Ann at Beadlework. said...

I'm not sure what you've tried but the best way to attract goldfinches is with nyjer seed but you need a special feeder as it's tiny and feather light. They absolutely love it though.

Jackie said...

What a beautiful garden.

God bless.

Carol said...

Oh, such a glorious day to be working in the garden, Maggie! You obviously live in a warmer climate than we do--I doubt our rhododendrons will bloom for another month! I hope you can get the goldfinches to visit often--they are just the cheeriest little fellows :)

Barb said...

Your garden is looking beautiful. it is ahead of mine as we had some colder rainy days a few weeks ago. I totally agree with you about the benefits of gardening.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Lovely garden, our acers are in leaf too, I like them when they are new. All ofmourmplants are in pots and take longer to bloom, and they need a little help from Miracle Gro ;-)

Jo said...

Fingers crossed that your finch food will attract the goldfinches. We get quite a few different kinds of birds visiting but I think the goldfinches are the ones we have the most of. Your garden is beautiful, so much interest in it. I love hostas when they're in the condition yours is in, unfortunately, so many plants become slug fodder and then they just look a tatty mess. I ended up getting rid of mine because I got so fed up of seeing them being munched.

Poppypatchwork said...

Your garden is lovely, looks a beautiful place to relax in. The weather is going to be good this week, so I hope you manage time relaxing here.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Plenty of colour and beautiful plants in your garden. No wonder you end up staying longer in it than you had planned to. I'm another person who's not keen on Hosta's.

butterfly said...

Your garden is looking beautiful .
Lots of lovely spring color .
Have a fun week .

Tammy said...

Gorgeous plants! Hostas are my favorite!

An Arizona Stitcher I said...

Beautiful garden. Love the hosta, they don't do well here in Arizona, too dry. At least you're keeping busy. I try not to think too much about 'you know what'! I'm lucky that I get to work still. Take care and stay safe.

Lowcarb team member said...

A beautiful garden, gorgeous photographs.

All the best Jan

Julie said...

Lots of lovely colour in your garden Maggie.
I hope the finches came and enjoyed your food at the lovely bird table.

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