16 May 2017

Floral Bliss #21


Walking around our neighbourhood, park and woods all these photos were taken
in the last two weeks.

I've been reading about how intrepid plant collectors brought back specimens and seeds from far off places to grace the gardens of wealthy patrons and how these beautiful shrubs and trees have become familiar features of our present landscape as they grow in public parks, green spaces and our own smaller plots of land.  I shall, for example, look at the horse chestnut with its Springtime beautiful candle-like flowers and the seeds that we see on the ground in autumn in a different light. 


hawthorn


wisteria


horse chestnut tree


rhododendron


 a mauve aquilegia (columbine) growing between other border plants

I shall continue to give thanks that our ancient woodlands are still there and left unspoilt so that we can see wild flowers such as the bluebell as the flowering season comes around each year.







Joining in Floral Bliss.
Thank you Riitta for the linkup



30 comments:

  1. all the flowers are so pretty and I love the greens as much as the pretty colors.

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    1. I also love the greenery of the trees as the new leaves unfurl, the grasses and ferns in the woods and flower borders.

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  2. All the sort of things you find around here as well and a few minutes my garden

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    1. Suddenly the flowers we associate with this time of the year in our part of the world are coming into bloom. I love this month!

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  3. Lpvely photos, Linda. We wouldn't have a lot of the plants and trees we see now without those adventurous plant hunters and also those that financed them:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. Those plant hunters often risked their lives during their adventurous travels to find and bring back unusual specimens and seeds. I've been reading about John Tradescant and his work as a gardening pioneer.

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  4. Your spring photos are absolutely fabulous! In Finland we don't have those precious bluebell meadows, I'm convinced that they are an magnificient sight. Also for wisterias our winters are too cold. But fortunately we still have a lot of plants that can be grown here.

    I know a lot of plants & shrubs, but I'm not certain what is the fabulous shrub/tree in your first photo? Anyway, your post was a true floral bliss - thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. I think it might be a variety of spirea, Riitta, but it was a tree on the edge of a community green space and not a bushy shrub as I would expect of a spirea.

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  5. Your neighborhood has beautiful flowers. I'd love to walk there.

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    1. You also have beautiful flowers growing in your neighbourhood because of the sunny climate. Thank you for visiting Carol.

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  6. Oh, how pretty the bluebells in the woods are! Lovely photos - spring is so wonderful! x Karen

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    1. Hello Karen. You have the opportunity to walk in the woods on your land and I'm sure they're looking lovely.

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  7. I'm glad that your ancient woodlands are still there, too. Just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Ellen for your visit. We're fortunate to have unspoilt places where we can walk and the ancient woodlands are very special.

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  8. I am so grateful for the ancient woodlands and all those glorious blooms! What are those pink ones? I have those in my garden but I am ignorant of their name!

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    1. Hello Kezzie. The pink ones are rhododendrons.

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  9. We have so much to be thankful for, thank goodness for our ancient woodlands that year on year provide so much joy and beauty.

    Your photographs are fabulous.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. All the best to you too.

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  10. I find it fascinating how so many plants and trees ended up here, animals too. The horse chestnut is so beautiful when flowering, they do seed everywhere in my garden, vigorous growers too. Such beautiful photos, I love the bluebells, we are lucky still to have bluebell woods. I'm off to the Lakes on Friday, I was hoping to catch the bluebell show but fear they may be over as they have flowered early this year. Keeping up with the changing seasons can be challenging. xxx

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    1. You must have horse chestnuts growing near your house then. They certainly need space to grow to maturity and when they do they're magnificent. We're fortunate to have them in our suburban streets as well as in parkland. Enjoy Cumbria! It'll be a lovely break for you. The dogs will also enjoy the walks.

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  11. Simply stunning! Gorgeous blossoms and I'm so in awe at the fields of Bluebells :D)

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    1. Hello Sue. I'm glad you enjoyed the blog post. Thanks for the visit.

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  12. Hi There, Isn't spring just a fantastic time of year? Your blooms are ALL so beautiful.... We had lots of Irises blooming --but now it's time for the ROSES, Lilies and Day Lilies to brighten up our yard.... OH --how I love Spring.

    Hope you are feeling well.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Hello Betsy. I'm well thank you. Your irises, roses and lilies are always so good to see when they come into season. George's photography is superb. Today I noticed the first rose of the season was in full bloom in our front garden.

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  13. So lovely! I think our climates are similar. The rhododendrons are blooming in the yard and my mother's deep purple lilacs are gorgeous. I always have a hard time deciding if spring or autumn is my favorite season. I picked up some horse chestnuts in the fall but I have not seen the trees in full bloom in the spring, so pretty. Still taking care of my mother at her house but came home to check in for a couple of hours and catch up at my house.

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    1. I'm glad that we do have four distinct seasons in the temperate climate zone. I do look forward to Springtime when the first flowers appear. Every blessing you and your loved ones.

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  14. Linda, what is the plant (tree, shrub?) in the third picture down? I've never seen that before and it is so beautiful!

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    1. Hello Lisa. I've labelled the plants now. Wisteria is one of my favourite climbers. The fragrance is very strong and always takes me back to May days when I was a child. We have one growing up a trellis in our garden, but its in a pot and has not flourished as it should. It's difficult to take it out of the pot now as the main stem is growing around the trellis.

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  15. You've captured very beautiful blooms, Linda! Glad to read you are feeling better, and Mr. P, too! Many blessings! Bess

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    1. Thank you Bess. I hope that you've recovered from the storms that battered your area recently. God bless.

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