Blossom, Bluebells and Beans!

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."

Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926 

April arrived in a blaze of sunshine and colour, but seems to be leaving rather grey and chilly - let's hope it's back on track very soon! The warmer spring has brought out so much beautiful blossom this year, it's been lovely spotting it whilst on walks, but also in my own garden as my little apple and pear trees have come into bloom. Last year I only got one pear off my tree, so I am hoping it'll be a more successful harvest this year!

Elsewhere, the bluebells have suddenly sprung, sadly we have the spanish variety around my area, but I am still very pleased to spot the first few flowers, nothing heralds late spring more to me than a carpet of bluebells in woods.

My greenhouse seedlings are finally beginning to show up, mange tout, yellow and purple dwarf beans, squash and courgettes - as I inherited my seed box and the contents are all at least 3 years out of date, I never assume I'll get anything! ;) My raised beds are full of salad seedlings which I'm trying to protect from the snails and mice, it really doesn't come easy this 'grow your own' lark!

All fingers and toes crossed for this coming May Bank Holiday weekend then! I actually have a long weekend off work which is very good news, hopefully i'll be outside for some of it, otherwise being tucked up with Sky Movies will do me fine - wishing you a good one too!

Katie x


Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

It's so lovely to see the seedlings sprout up and the blooms on show again. It doesn't look as though the watering can will be needed this bank holiday (there's a surprise!), but I do hope you get to enjoy your time off with some sunshiny spells. Take care. Chel x

Elizabeth Shepley said...

Lovely pictures, Katie!

Good luck with that Pear Tree - as they saying goes "pears for your heirs" so let's hope your patience is rewarded.

I'm the same with out of date seeds too - just sow them, water them and hope for the best ;)

Great finding your lovely blog,

Elizabeth (Woolly Green) x

Happy Homebird said...

It's all looking lovely especially the glossy hosta. I do love them as do the slugs! I'm hoping my salad seedlings appear soon as they seem to be taking a while, probably the chilly weather means they are being shy.

Anna said...

Oh that Robert Frost quote certainly does ring true every April. The fruit blossom is fabulous this year Katie - my pear produced three pears last year so I will keep fingers crossed for both of us. I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend.