Sunday, May 08, 2016

Slow Awakening

Just had our first decent weather weekend this spring. So good that it feels like summer already! With the weather being rather unpredictable in this country it could well be 'the' summer of 2016 but we're hoping that won't be the case...


Blue skies and warm weather, bliss!
Anyhow, with so many commitments work wise for the both of us it has been a slow awakening for both us and the garden. Nevertheless, better late than never and we took advantage of the fine weather by going into full swing preparing the garden for the growing season ahead. We have so much to catch up on!

We're behind with tidying up but pace is now ramping up
Loving the blues, both from the sky and the yuccas!


It is notable that the growing season here is rather behind compared to the other side of the pond of similar climate (yes we were still reading blogs despite our absence recently). Speaking of slow awakening, we were away two weeks ago and during that period apparently there was snowfall and the temperatures dipped during the evening, hence spring growth slowed down. It suited us fine though, the last thing we wanted was a warm spell whilst we were away. It was only last week really when the weather turned better and by Friday it has turned into full spring mode.

Jet wash time!
The newest addition to our cat brood, Cotton has started to spend time out in the garden with us
Such a wonderful weekend, shame it had to end. But there's more to look forward!

Mark :-)

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  1. Good to have you back and yep that snow was a bit bizarre but over in a blink. D

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    1. Thanks David! Thankfully it wasn't heavy

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  2. What splendid weather (we know it won't last and we'll all moan but that's the fun of British weather). Suddenly plants aren't owing and flowering and gardens look splendid.

    Cotton looks cute, I'm sure she'll enjoy exploring the exotic jungle on her doorstep x

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    1. Indeed Celia! Shame the weekend is over but still lots to look forward to X

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  3. Great to hear from you again as I've missed you. Your garden, as always, looks gorgeous despite your being behind. Even though we've had warmer weather here, I'm way behind where I usually am at this time of year. As you say, there will be more weekends to catch up.

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    1. Thanks Peter :) there's always something to do, work will never finish but soon catching up at least

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  4. So happy to see bits of your garden again, I hope your weather has made an overall turn for the better.

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  5. That first photo could be So. Calif., except our skies have been overcast lately -- which I'm loving, lol. I'm always amazed at the amount of projects and work you both take on and how much you get accomplished. And a new cat too! Cotton is a sweetie.

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    1. Thanks Denise :) blue skies extra cherished as its not that common

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  6. So glad to see your garden again (always wonderful) and to hear from you. I was wondering if maybe you'd discovered that less blogging means more gardening. ;)

    Welcome Cotton! Kumo and Luna (our two white cats) say "Hi!"

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    1. Thanks Alan! And Cotton says hi back :)

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  7. Good to see a post from you. Had been wondering what you were up to. A fabulous weekend for working in the garden and for us lucky folk in the land of retirement it has continued into Monday :)

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    1. Thanks Anna :) ahh to have all that time to garden, bliss!

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  8. It's good to seek your wonderful garden again and to "hear" your voices. Enjoy your warm temperatures and blue skies! Our sky is currently gray due to the marine layer but that's appreciated as it's keeping summer's heat away just a bit longer.

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    1. Hopefully the milder weather lasts long there Kris :)

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  9. Welcome back - and hello to beautiful Cotton! I hope you had a good trip. Today has been hotter than the weekend here. I love this weather! We all reek of suncream and barbecues and it feels like a holiday, although obviously no clouts have been cast yet. That would be a folly.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Last weekend felt like a mini holiday, felt a bit sad by Sunday night that the break had to end...

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  10. Great to see your garden again.. And Cotton! I remember summers that only happened in March, not that long ago either. It's a case of making the most of each sunny day nowadays. Having had one weekend madly planting maybe the next one will be running around with fleece. I do hope not.

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    1. Indeed Jessica :) take advantage whilst the sun is shining

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  11. It is great to see you and your garden again! It seems only yesterday you were recovering from the fire and building your pond, and now it all looks so settled in, as though it has been that way for a long time. Cotton is cute but seems to have an attitude.

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    1. Time flies so fast Debs :) and Cotton is a mini diva...

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  12. Welcome back! It was great seeing new photos of your garden. It looks as spectacular as ever.

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  13. Loving all your b'blue' and your beautiful new kitten xx

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