96. How Does Your Garden Grow?

Yesterday I took my first stroll of 2015 round newly re-opened local Exbury Gardens. The sun was shining, t-shirt and cardy weather, the in-between needing a coat and needing sunglasses weather. Boy oh boy was it good for my soul, yellow butterflies dancing by me in pairs, the smell of freshly cut grass, bursts of frangrance from plants and trees hitting my nostrils, woodpeckers telltale knocking and mothers with toddlers sat out on the lawns on picnic blankets soaking up the atmosphere and spending quality time together. Oh and the colours...

Magnolia tree

Magnolia tree

As I walked around the gardens, towards the Sundial Garden a huge burst of pink met my eyes and I literally quickened my pace to a slow jog to get closer. These trees were just huge, their petals waving like flags heralding Spring. And the beaming grin on my face was just, well you can imagine.

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

Magnolia

And I can't be the only one who wanders round fancy gardens and daydreams of living in the grand houses...

Exbury House

Exbury House

Further on into the gardens the daffodil field has started to bloom, in another week or two it will look magnificent.

Daffodil field at Exbury Gardens

Daffodil field at Exbury Gardens

Daffodil field

Daffodil field

And finally a couple more plants I love at the moment, azaleas...

Pink azalea

Pink azalea

And Hellebores, these ones were bagged up ready for a customer but I thought they stood out nicely against the board behind.

Hellebores

Hellebores

I am loving being outdoors now more than ever, really appreciating the colours after Winter time. 

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How Does Your Garden Grow