98. How Does Your Garden Grow?

magnolia

magnolia

Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”
”It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine
— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Magnolia

Magnolia

The 98th edition - ninety eight?! Where has the time gone? I'm guessing I should be planning something grand for the 100th edition in a couple of weeks time...

This week's HDYGG photos are from a trip to Exbury Gardens that I took a couple of days ago. Just like last year I asked for an annual pass for my birthday from family. This means I can pop along at anytime and really make the most of what the gardens have to offer all year round. It's been a couple of weeks since I last visited and I felt rather sad to see the giant pink magnolias which I took photos of then were nearly bare following the winds this week, the grass below them blanketed with pink withering petals. But my sadness soon turned to a smile when I spied there were new Magnolia blooms across the gardens. Here's some of my favourite bits from the visit this week when sunshine and blue skies on a Spring day were really hard to beat and around the gardens more colour appeared.

Exbury Gardens, Hampshire

Exbury Gardens, Hampshire

For anyone else who has been loving this pin of late the leaves are from a Rhododendron, the undersides are getting more and more burnt orange in colour by the week - love these to bits. 

Rhododendron leaves

Rhododendron leaves

There's a lovely little building in Exbury Gardens called the Five Arrows Gallery. At the moment they have a Lachenalia Display, it's riot of soft colours. This display runs until April 6th 2015.

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

Lachenalia display at Exbury Gardens

And a final apology to the humble daffodil. I've been a bit snobby and not really shown many photos of you this year so here's a fix of buttery golden trumpets from the daffodil field as way of saying 'I'm sorry'.

Daffodil Field at Exbury Gardens

Daffodil Field at Exbury Gardens

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.
— A. A. Milne
DAFFODIL FIELD AT EXBURY GARDENS

DAFFODIL FIELD AT EXBURY GARDENS

DAFFODIL FIELD AT EXBURY GARDENS

DAFFODIL FIELD AT EXBURY GARDENS

Finally I am most excited to report that the postman delivered my Seed Swap partners seeds - thank you Doris! I hang my head in shame that I'm not as organised and still awaiting delivery of the one's I bought for you from The Eden Project's online shop. Soon thought - very soon! Btw do follow Doris on instagram @dorissander - she's a scrapbooking legend.

Seed goodies have arrived from the states for the #hdygg seed swap - Thanks lovely @dorissander ❤️

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As always thanks to everyone who took time to join in last week, some faves include: A few flowers, the little garden not of horrors ,  , the stunning raindrop covered deep hellebores, wavey hedges, a growing arch and Spring blooms.

I'm taking the kids for a break at Emma's yurts for a couple of nights early next week which means a trip to Hestercombe Gardens is on the cards - I look forward to sharing the photos with you in next weeks HDYGG !

How Does Your Garden Grow

(note to self: make new badge for next week)