Saturday, 18 March 2017

'St Patrick's Day' daffodils

The 'St Patrick's Day' daffodils are just about out in time to celebrate their name day.
The moss that grows on our apple trees is a good indicator of the sort of weather that we get!
But spring is happening and the borders are springing back into life.
The camellias outside my kitchen window are in flower.
When they were first introduced into the country, brought back from China and Japan by the East India Company in the seventeen hundreds, they were thought to be delicate plants and were grown under glass. They certainly look very delicate, but, happily they've turned out to be as tough as old boots. 
I love them.

I've picked a few to bring into the house.
With some supermarket roses for company.

It's wild out, the wind was howling about the house all night and has continued throughout the day. A pair of ring doves have built a very untidy nest in the fir tree by the front door. They didn't choose their site well and are obviously not an expert pair of builders. 
"The doves are unhappy," Himself told me this morning."How do you know?" I asked. "How do you know what an unhappy dove looks like?" He pulled a suitable face, he had found their eggs smashed on the ground. 
Do you have conversations like this?.

16 comments:

  1. My husband wouldn't even notice. Poor doves. The moss on your apple tree is very pretty and I've never planted camellias, but I want to now. Those are gorgeous.

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    1. Himself is not known as an animal lover which is why his statement amused me.
      I would give camellias a try, their shiny, evergreen leaves mean that the bushes look good even when not in flower.

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  2. I am jealous! My bulbs are up and about to bloom but then we got a snow/sleet/ice storm. Now they are buries under a white blanket. Disappointed, but I know spring will come real soon.

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    1. Don't be too jealous, Maybe, today was marked by hailstones large enough to chill the bones and whiten the grass!

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  3. Hi Rosemary :) The view from your kitchen is gorgeous :) Those camellia flowers are so pretty, they look very delicate. You have a beautiful garden!

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    1. I'm itching to be out in it, Rain, there's plenty to do, but for now I'm just picking a few branches and enjoying things indoors.

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  4. I love your camellias. I wonder if they would grow where I live? I think doves are lovely as they aren't nearly as noisy and bossy as other birds. -Jenn

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    1. The ring doves make a charming cooing sound, but I feel very differently about the pigeons who cause such damage to my vegetable crops!
      I don't know about the different planting zones for camellias, but google will probably have the answer.

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  5. Thank you for your lovely comments on the Farmer. He is now in the Friarage on Palliative Care and is very ill indeed.

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    1. It's a very trying journey to James Cook so it must be better to have the Farmer closer to home. My memories of the Friarage are sad as it is where I took my father for his cancer diagnosis and an initial spell of treatment before it was decided that it was unhelpful. My thoughts are with you both at this very difficult time.

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  6. Lovely...I wish I could have a garden like that. My 3 big dogs have other ideas

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    1. A garden versus 3 big dogs, now that's a hard one! I was brought up with dogs so that would be my default position, but I'm married to a man who thinks they're a nuisance. I've had fox terriers (small) AND a garden, and it was a good compromise!

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  7. Hello, thank you for your comment on my blog, please do join in the discussions about the books we are reading.

    Your camelia is beautiful. Mine has failed to flower this year. I think I am just watering leaves! lol

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    1. Thank you, Sol, I shall enjoy joining your discussions.

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  8. ah, makes me want to get my hands dirty

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  9. Your garden's are beautiful... I am envious!

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