97. How Does Your Garden Grow?

 
Saxifraga ‘Touran Limegreen’
A low, cushion- to mound-forming, evergreen perennial with flat sprays of needle-like, bright green leaves an, in spring, short stems bearing upward-facing, cup-shaped, white to pale green flowers with bright green centres.
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Yeah baby it's Spring! Proper actual Spring!  Oh this pleases me no end and although it's a bit soggy here to today over the past week there's been some glorious weather and everyone seems to have taken to the garden - including me, well to my mum's garden.

Photos this week are from a mooch about her garden. The moment I stepped through her garden gate it struck me how much colour has appeared in the past month or so.

It leaves me excited for what's to come. But for now let's focus on the here and now...

 
Kettle repurposed for the garden

Kettle repurposed for the garden

plant pot stand

plant pot stand

Horse shoes and a mangle

Horse shoes and a mangle

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Above: The Snowflakes have shot up, no standing an impressive 20 inches tall.

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Everywhere colour bursts through and hyacinths appear, the gone over  bulbs of years gone by that have replanted out show their faces.

Spring growth

Spring growth

If I had but two loaves of bread
I would sell one of them
& buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul.
— Elbert Hubbard
Spring colour in the garden

Spring colour in the garden

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Naturally I didn't forget to look up too...

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom

 

By the Summerhouse my mums homemade ladder shelving is filling up. I have scaffold boards galore here, my mum has ladders there - we will be doing a swap at some point and I look forward to making my own then. The view from the kitchen window that I prepare food by overlooks a very unispiring Cuprinol-orange fence. A colour which I loathe but the previous owners obviously adored. That's the spot where I will place the shelves, to turn my grimace to grin.

 
homemade plant stand ladder

homemade plant stand ladder

 

I loved seeing my mum's latest car boot gems. A peat spade maybe? That's quite the handle isn't it? She's treated the handle for woodworm and will no doubt have it restored to it's former glory before long!

 
Granny San's peat spade

Granny San's peat spade

Car booty

Car booty

I always come away from my mum's feeling inspired and content - I'm looking forward to visiting again soon. And do you recall the white hellebores from last week I spotted at Exbury Gardens?  My mum had one waiting for me which is now planted up in my own garden - Thanks mum!

A big thank you to everyone joining in last week, some faves include: Doris's Pot of Gold, Fennel & Fern's Deep Dark Hellbores, Gemma's s useful area, Catherine's Buds Galore, Kriss's pink explosion and the hard work of Mrs Fox. Special kudos and love to Amanda for helping an elderly couple with their garden and discovering a gem of a place,

How Does Your Garden Grow