21 Apr 2015

Blossom

Beyond the back garden hedge there's more greenery from the shrubs and mature trees in our neighbours' plots, but the one tree that gives me a lot of pleasure is a huge cherry tree.  As we sit in our living room it seems to fill the view from the picture window and it's fascinating to see the way the light changes its appearance according to the season, the weather and the time of day.   It's a haven for the bigger birds such as the magpie and I've seen a rook tugging at the thinner branches to try and gather twigs, presumably to build a nest. In the last week the flowers have fully opened and the tree is looking magnificent.

Suddenly blossom is everywhere. Last Saturday I went to the library in the park to get some books about local places to visit and I could see the top of a particularly lovely cherry tree which was in full bloom in the walled garden. Of course I had to go in and take some photos of it and other blossom! As you can see it's always a pleasure to go to the library in Hillsborough House, the walled garden, the park and enjoy a place that's appreciated by the local community.






















30 comments:

  1. It's a wonderful time of year with all the blossom out, and the magnolia is beautiful too.

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    1. It's a lovely time of year with plants bursting into life due to the sunny weather. I've been sitting in the covered yard admiring the tomato plants and other vegetables in their pots. They seem to have grown just in a few days!

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  2. Cherry blossoms are gorgeous and your photos are a pure delight Linda. A wonderful time of the year to see all the pretty flowers come to life. That is a lovely old house also. Happy Spring to you :)

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    1. Happy Spring to you too, Denise! I love this time of year, especially April and May, and blossom time.

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  3. What a lovely series of spring photos, Linda! This year the leaves seemed to outpace the blossoms, and then a sudden heavy, wet snow hammered both. So I really appreciated seeing your beautiful blossoms. Yay, it's spring!

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    1. Blossom-time always seems short-lived so it's good to appreciate the beauty whilst it lasts. Cold, windy weather isn't good for the fruit trees so we hope that the weather stays calm and warm.

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  4. I love this time of year when the blossom and magnolia trees are at their best making everywhere looks so pretty:)

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    1. The combination of sunny weather and the beauty of the flowers and blossom trees is uplifting. Let's hope the warm weather continues.

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  5. The blossoms you found are just gorgeous! Aren't blossoms just such a beautiful part of springtime?

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    1. Indeed, it's a lovely time of the year.

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  6. Linda, your photos are gorgeous, and you have made my day by sharing these photos. Thank you!!! I have always loved red poppies, so these are amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Glad you enjoyed seeing the Springtime flowers. Sorry to disappoint you, but the red flowers are tulips taken from an angle so that you can see into the cup of the flower.



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  7. Always so much better when the world comes back to life. Enjoyed your photos.

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    1. Thanks Julie. Glad you enjoyed and hope your week is going well.

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  8. I remember other post on this walled garden and you already know i love it. the photo of the arch today is just wonderful. i would love to visit a library in a garden or just visit the garden.

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    1. I like to take photos of the walled garden through the seasons. We're fortunate to have a library open and staffed by the city council in these days of economic cuts and in a building with an interesting history.

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  9. The blossom has been stunning this year... and you've taken some great photos. Jx

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    1. Thanks Jan. Standing underneath a canopy of blossom and looking up into a blue sky is magical :)

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  10. The blossom is wonderful this year, may be because we have not had any wind to destroy - however, I tend to think the same thing every year - I love it.

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    1. I too think that the blossom has been exceptional this year. I can imagine places where there are orchards must look wonderful although I'm content to see the avenues of blossom trees in our neighbourhood.

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  11. Nothing heralds spring more than busy, busy birds and cherry blossoms. Beautiful pictures. 27 inches of snow in the foothills and mountains of Colorado last week, but we will get to spring one of these days!

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    1. Everything in its due time depending on the climate and location, I guess. When Spring comes in beautiful Colorado you'll be rejoicing.

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  12. Such lovely springtime photos you have shared, I always love to see thee blossoms start to bloom.

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    1. Lovely to see and good for the bees and the trees! :)

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  13. Hi Linda,

    So lovely to see the pretty cherry blossom tree against the gorgeous blue sky. Isn't Spring the best seeing all the pretty flowers - love the new header photos also.
    Hope you are having a lovely week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hello Carolyn. All blossom is beautiful, but I do love the double cherry of the pink variety and I'm sure you do to! Have a lovely weekend.

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  14. Gorgeous photos of such beautiful blossom against an azure sky. Up here in the far nortth the fruit blossom is only just starting to appear.

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    1. Regarding the fruit blossom I can imagine that's so with the difference in weather conditions the further north one goes. Our oldest grandson was on Ben Nevis with his friends over Easter. He enjoys the challenge of walking in the area, but didn't get to the summit this time because of bad weather.

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  15. Blossoms (almost) make winter worth it! Beautiful pics!

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    1. Blossom is a happy sight especially if the Winter months have been cold and dreary.

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