Tuesday, 10 April 2007

I've got the blues (in the garden)


We were so lucky with the weather over the weekend. It felt more like Summer than Spring in Sussex. So we took full advantage of it and spent most of the time outside, enjoying walks, Easter Egg Hunts and being with friends. Picnics in April without being huddled up in blankets! We were also able to spend some time together in the garden, which was lovely.

I've just started to notice the change in colours appearing too. The soft lemons of spring are slowly being replaced by the brighter blues and although they're not fully in bloom they will soon be taking centre stage. The forget me nots are just starting to open and are a pinky blue at the moment and a scabious is being very brave and flowering very early.
These photos are from my front garden. It's great having flowers at the front as we only started to dig up this garden last year and everything seems to be thriving. We also planted lots of lavender here which we're all looking forward to in the summer, Last year the front garden was full of butterflies and bees enjoying all the lavender flowers and I made lots of lavender sachets for Christmas presents - even made lavender sugar as a gift, although not sure whether that will ever be used!



The bluebells are just beginning to show and in a few weeks we'll be able to go on some lovely walks in the bluebell woods. That blanket of blue against the green is one of my favourite sights! It is strange how flowers seems to bloom in waves of colour - even when I haven't planned the garden (and to be quite honest I'm not that good at forward thinking in the garden) there seems to be some kind of secret colour coding going on that I'm unaware of.



Changing the subject completely - spurred on by your comments from an earlier post, I have managed to open an Etsy shop (thanks to Tracy at Cupcakes for technical support and to lovely Samantha at Plump Pudding for her encouragement).I'm in the process of listing some things. I will be adding to them over the days. So if you fancy taking a peek the link is on the side.
Hope the weather continues and we get to see spend more time outside. Now I can't believe it, I've managed to write a post and not mention one pink flower ...

22 comments:

Karen said...

What lovely flowers! (Aren't bluebell woods magical?)

Cherry Menlove said...

Now that's more like it! I can join in. Congrats on your etsy shop. Go forth, multiply and conquer!!

Cherry xx

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Beautiful flowers! A sea of blue that isn't ocean water - I adore it! I have forget-me-nots but they haven't even started to sprout from below the soil yet!

Congratulations on opening your etsy shop - I am sure you will do fabulously well! I am off to check it out!

Gypsy Purple said...

What a lovely garden!!!!
Best of luck with your shop

Marie said...

How I love walking through bluebell woods....something that I miss living in a city. Spring has yet to arrive here, so your beautiful garden will keep me smiling until it does.

Marie x

Marie said...

Forgot to congratulate you on opening your shop - best of luck Kim.

Marie x

Lynda said...

Lovely flowers! I've never met a flower I didn't like but blue flowers are my favourite. I'm so glad you decided to open a shop! I can't wait to see it stocked with your beautiful pieces. You are most deserving of a "thinking blogger award"! I'm trying to catch up with everyone today but you found out before I could let you know! :) Just copy and paste the award into your blog and enjoy! ♥

rach said...

good luck with the etsy shop!

andsewtosleep said...

Lovely pics - thanks for sharing. Good news about your etsy shop - I hope it goes well. Mary

Heidi said...

Aren't flowers magical?! I love blues in the garden too. Do you have a large garden? Ours is a very tiny city garden and is in the front of the home so it is front, back and driveway all in one. I used blue and white flowers to create more of a feeling of space. Now for our weekend cottage, we have space and I used any color under the rainbow.

Your Easter holiday sounds like it was heavenly. I can think of nothing more perfect than your description of passing time.

Alison said...

Thanks for the email...I'll be in contact soon. I'm back on blogger due to some problems with typepad. Congratulations with your etsy shop!
Alison x

Primrose Hill said...

Ooh, good luck with the Etsy shop, that sounds fab!
Love all the blue flowers, don't you just love wondering through a bluebell wood in late spring?
L xx

Clare said...

The flowers are quite beautiful! I can't wait to have a look at your goodies in the etsy shop!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Oh, blue flowers are my FAVORITE! Your garden looks so pretty!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Thank you so much for all the gorgeous blue!! Your flowers are such a vibrant amazing color.

Congratulations on your etsy shop! Wishing you good luck, and also lots of fun! Running over there right now to have a look.
Lidy

Naturegirl said...

Oh my is that beebalm you opened up with! Mine won't look like than until June! So far NO sign of Spring in the garden! We have just gone from -2C to 6C...raining so perhaps there is ~H~o~P~e!~ Thank you for these wonderful images of what I have to look forward to!hugs NG

Rowan said...

The cornflower is beautiful, shows the difference between north and south - mine are only in bud yet. I love blue flowers too, I noticed yesterday in the woods that just one or two of the bluebells are showing some colour. They are very early this year, it will look wonderful in a couple of weeks time. I've left you a message on my comments section - congratulations on your thinking blogger award, it's well deserved.

Betty Jo said...

Your flowers are beautiful and your garden sounds so lovely. I remember the bluebells and wish I could be there to see them again. In the 70's we rented a house in Sevenoaks, Kent. Our house was near Ightham Mote
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-ighthammote/ Each weekend we walked over to the mote through the bluebell fields and it was heavenly. Congrats on your Etsy shop; I'll be sure to check it out. xoxo

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

It is good to see the lovely spring flowers, here, a late and vicious freeze did all of ours in. (I am in Kansas)

The blues are so bright and pretty!

Allison said...

Your flowers are just beautiful! We are so behind in Minnesota. We just had snow - in mid April for crying out loud!! Hoping for good weather soon. Your flowers are so inspiring :o)

allie from minneapolis
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

Kate said...

My favourite colour of flowers ... the grape hyacinths are gorgeous. I love them.

I hope your weather continues to be wonderful!

weirdbunny said...

The blue spring flowers are brilliant aren't they. I don't think I have any summer blue flowers just spring ones.