Saturday, October 5, 2013

more garden time

The hundred perfumes of the little
flower-garden beneath scented the air around; the deep green meadows
shone in the morning dew that glistened
on every leaf as it trembled in the gentle air; and the birds sang as if
every sparkling drop were a fountain
of inspiration to them.

Charles Dickens

The exceeding beauty of the earth,
in her splendour of life, yields
a new thought 
with every petal.

R Jefferies

double pink tulips own little bluebell, match head wood.

Wed 17 may 1876

Over the gate of the meadow there leaned a beautiful wild cherry tree, snowy with blossom, that scented the air far and wide.
And along the wild broken bank and among the stems of the hawthorn hedge there grew a profusion of bluebells.   I never saw bluebells more beautiful.  They grew tall and stately, singly or in groups, and sometimes in such a crowd that they filled the hollow places and deep shadows of the overarching hedge with sweet blue gloom and tender azure mist among the bright young fern.  Here or there a sunbeam found its way through a little window or skylight in the thick leafage overhead and singling out one blue bell amongst the crowd tipped the rich and heavily hanging cluster of bells with a brilliant azure gleam and blue glory, crowning the flower a queen among her ladies and handmaidens who stood around in the background and green shade. 

Kilverts Diary 

...doesn't this paint a charming word picture.

old wagon wheels and bluebells in the paddock.

I don't know what you call a white  ? blue bell?....but I love them too...

I think this tree is a type of Maple each spring it has silken tassels that delight me....

In the little plot I keep for tiny treasures a fritillaria is flowering.
The markings are so detailed it's amazing...almost like it has been painstakingly hand painted...


...and shade.

spring fresh maple leaves ....

...and some anenomes that are getting tired but have flowered for weeks in the pot at the back door cheering on even the dullest grey days.  

Last week a friend and I spent the afternoon happily sewing.  We had the book Simple Handmade by the lovely Melissa of the Tiny Happy Blog.  We made little bonnets, the patterns are all in the back of the book, it was great fun, they went together simply and turned out pretty.  Mine still need embellishing, will work on that this week.  We want to get together again and try out some of the other patterns in the book. 

We used woollen fabric and lined them with cotton, they came out so well they are reversible.

 I love being at home, and enjoying every precious day.

If you have a mind at peace
a heart that cannot harden, go find a door
that opens wide
upon a lovely garden.

may the week be kind to you.


  1. I enjoyed visiting your garden - and you - today. The changing of the seasons is such a beautiful time. I hope you are in good health. I can't think of anything lovelier than spending an afternoon crafting with a friend.

  2. thankyou for your lovely comment.
    Crafting with a friend is a lovely way to spend time together.
    Hope you have a happy week.

  3. You had me at "donkeys" :) If you visit my blog, you may see why. Beautiful pictures and words.. so glad I found your blog. I, too, am a "home girl." And your sewing project is lovely.. a perfect way to spend time with a friend! -Tammy