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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

At Last - A Touch Of Spring!

I ventured out into the garden yesterday, as I glimpsed some colour poking out of the drabness.  So, here we are, the first spring colour in the garden.  The plant is called a Bergenia.  Apparently, they are sometimes known as Elephant's Ears, because of their large, leathery, oval leaves.


I am delighted to say that today, after three weeks, I am actually feeling just a little bit better, which is good news indeed.  I'm still just sitting around and doing nothing, but my spirits certainly seem to have lifted in the past twenty four hours.

Would you believe that, yesterday, I didn't wake up until 1.45 p.m.! 

Anyway, just now I put my wellies on and decided to venture much further down into the garden, and I was delighted to find many more signs of the garden gradually re-awakening after the Winter, so I thought I would share the photos with you. 

pink hellebore

Camellia

Purple Hellebore
Miniature Tete-a-Tete Daffodils
The daffodils will be a real picture in about a week's time

Forsythia just coming into bloom

I have to say that the hubby has been looking after me really well since I've been poorly.  I usually cut the grass in the formal bit of the garden and I just happened to mention that it really did need cutting, when I looked out and there he was with the lawn mower out and giving the grass its first cut of the year.  See! Now that's romantic to me!!




Oh! I must finish today by congratulating Colin Firth on winning the Oscar for The Best Actor, and I see that The King's Speech gained the Oscar for Best Film, as well as picking up two other Awards.  (I think my Review of the film probably helped you along your way, Colin!!!!).

24 comments:

Gawgus things... said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better!! The garden's looking wonderful - certainly a sure-fire way of lifting your spirits seeing all those flowers in bloom..

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

So glad you are feeling better , wow you must of needed that long sleep :-) rest is one of the best remedies ..

Ah bless your husband , he is doing a wonderful job .. your garden looks lush ... mine is such a mess ... I love Hellebore ... unusual plant ... take care and have a good week. xo

lyndylou said...

Glad you are feeling better, sleep is the best medicine. Your garden looks gorgeous and well done to the hubby for cutting the grass! What a star.

Becky said...

YAY!! I am sooo very glad that you are feeling better! Your garden is so very beautiful!! I wish that I could come and stroll through it with you! I have a couple of plants popping up through the ground, as well. I just don't know if they are going to survive CHESTER or not!!! I might as well have a GOAT, because he eats EVERYTHING! LOL!

Odie Langley said...

From what I remember reading he needs to give you full credit for that award after the fine piece you wrote. It was great seeing all the color in your garden but what a treat to actually see your other half hard at work. He has a lot of snow on the mountain just like me. It is so wonderful to know you are feeling better after such a period of sickness. Have a great afternoon.
Odie

Thisisme. said...

Gawgus things - thank you! Yes, by the end of March, all the shrubs in the garden will really be coming to life and looking nice and fresh.

Anne in Oxfordshire - Hopefully you will be able to get out in the garden in another few weeks! Yes, they say that sleep is a great healer.

lyndylou - yes, it is so nice to actually be feeling a bit better. Still not quite up to running the Marathon yet though! LOL!

Becky - I've never heard of a dog eating everything in the garden before! LOL! Thank you for your good wishes, and I do hope that you are feeling a bit brighter in yourself.

Odie - thank you for your good wishes. Yes, he has a lot of snow on the top. He actually went gray at quite a young age, so he's grown into his hair really!! Hope all is well over there with you.

Shady Del Knight said...

Thisisme - I could read between the lines and and tell that you were feeling poorly all that time. I am elated to know that you are starting to feel better. The beautiful buds and blossoms should help to cheer you on your way to a full recovery!

LindyLouMac said...

Sleep is certainly the best medicine and it is so good to know that at last you are really feeling better. The mere fact that you felt up to a wander around the garden and took such lovely photos to share with us here.

Bouncin' Barb said...

This, I am so glad you are feeling better. I was worried about you because what you had was nothing to take lightly. Love your pictures. It was nice to see flowers in Florida this weekend as well. What a good hubby. No wonder you keep him around!! Just please take it easy and when you're tired, REST! I missed you and am sending you those same hugs right back!!!

kneesandpaws said...

This was an uplifting post. My jaw dropped at the view from your porch. The flowers are delightful too. I love that you can see the sky for miles. I've heard that hiking in England is something wonderful. Perhaps one day my feet will be there, traipsing over those hills. I'm going to put The King's Speech on my list to watch. I hope you continue to feel better too...

Olive Cooper said...

That sleep you got is wonderful news. Your hubs is a hopeless romantic. I think an old antique is better than a diamond myself.

Thisisme. said...

Shady - you read between the lines very well, my friend! Onwards and upwards from now on.

Thisisme. said...

LindyLouMac - yes, I must have needed that sleep and, as you say, I must have been feeling a bit brighter to venture into the garden with my camera like that.

Jumble Mash said...

Aw 1000 points to hubby! That's so sweet of him! And those flower are beautiful! I can't wait to start seeing some color again!

Thisisme. said...

Jumble - I thought that was very sweet of hubby! and, like you, it will be wonderful to see colour again everywhere.

Olive - I love your comment about an antique being better than a diamond! Good one!

Bouncin'Barb - thank you! I've been sleeping quite a bit again today. I just have to do what my body tells me at the moment, and not fret about other things.

Thisisme. said...

kneesandpaws - yes, we are very lucky where we live, surrounded all round by fields, and I love it! It would be lovely if you could get to England one day. I'm sure you would love it.

becca said...

wow what beautiful flowers i am loving the feel of spring in the air so much to do and fun to be had

Thisisme. said...

Becca - I so agree. Isn't it wonderful to think of the warmth and good weather (Hopefully!!) we have to look forward to. It can't come quickly enough for me.

Belle said...

I am all surprised that flowers are blooming all over the world except in Canada! Why did people ever settle in this wasteland? Oh well, Our snow is pretty!
I'm so glad you are feeling more chipper. That was a bad time for you, poor dear. I'm sorry.

My family all cheered when Colin Firth won best actor. We have loved him for years, he is such a great actor. God bless, and keep well.

Thisisme. said...

Belle - Sorry that you haven't got any flowers blooming at the moment! Yes, Colin Firth is lovely, isn't he! Glad you were cheering for him! Thank you for the good wishes dear friend.

mskanorado said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better!!! The photos of the flowers are beautiful! In reply to your comment, link it to a post of any that have facts about you! Doesn't need to be a new one, just one, and if it's a 7 Facts one even better! ;)

On My Soapbox said...

How sweet of hubby to mow the lawn. He's a keeper. ;-) So glad to hear you're feeling better!

I just checked my forsythia, but there's no sign of life yet....

Bethe77 said...

ThisismeThak you for always stopping by with your encouraging words.
I love the photos of your lovely garden. The surely brought smiles to me in my little sick bed. You can surely tell Spring is in the air. What sweet husband to help you well you are still recovering. I sure hope this bug leaves as quickly as it came. Im ready for sleep again.
Ywa Im having fun with this blogging I started I beleive in the last week of November.
Bleaaings

Chatty Crone said...

I'm glad you're feeling better and that you have a sweet hubby. Beautiful flowers. sandie