Friday, 16 May 2008

Spring bursting forth

The run of glorious weather that we have been enjoying here in England meant that the plants have responded likewise with a growth spurt. Flowers seem to be blooming everywhere and the amatuer photographer in me could not resist bringing my camera out to enjoy the sunshine. This post is not food-related and I beg the indulgence of my dear readers to put up with my desire to share the beauty of my favourite season.

AP and I went to Wollaton Park last week and I finally got to see a bluebell wood for myself. A truly magical sight and one of the most beautiful things I have seen.

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Getting close to the wild deer at Wollaton Park
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There has been a persisten queue at every icecream van that I've seen these two weeks.
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We walked past this house and I caught a whiff of lovely scent. On closer inspection, I realised that it was rosemary with really pretty flowers. But I was also rather startled because...
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...look at the size of that rosemary bush!
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Back in our garden, we have bluebells running down the entire length of one side.
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The last of our tulips are in bloom. Other varieties have already shedded their petals.
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And the apple tree at the back of our garden is completely covered with delicate blossoms.
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I hope you've been enjoying the past two weeks as much as I have, wherever you are.

15 comments:

mycookinghut said...

Love your bluebell wood picture and also the rosemary one!! I think I saw something similar..I walk pass a Japanese garden (on a daily basis) of some apartments but never realise they were rosemary. I will take a closer today on the way back and see if they were the same.
By the way, I enjoy the great weather for the past 2 weeks. It makes me happier I guess :P But, it now looks grey again :(

Toffeeapple said...

What a glorious picture! Makes my heart sing whenever I see bluebell woods, such great beauty.

VeggieGirl said...

My oh my, what GORGEOUS photographs of the park and of the springtime weather!!

Anonymous said...

I used to live in Nottingham. Your pictures remind me of how much I miss picnics at Wollaton Park. I miss the deer too!!

diva said...

that is such a beautiful picture. i love blue bells :) they're pretty.

Nilmandra said...

My Cooking Hut: Yeah, it's a good 10 degrees cooler now compared to last week!

Toffee Apple: It was a truly amazing sight... *happy sigh*

Veggiegirl: Thanks! The bluebell woods is my computer wallpaper at the moment :)

Anonymous: It's nice to hear that from you. I think I will feel the same too after I leave.

Diva: Each bluebell flower looks so pretty, and then you see a swath of them and they take your breath away.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Wow great photos! I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

Chuck said...

Beautiful pictures! I LOVE the picture of the bluebell wood. Looks like the perfect picnic spot.

Nilmandra said...

Marc: Thanks for the kind comment.

Chuck: I agree, except that was in a conservation area that was out of bounds to the public. Bluebell woods usually indicate ancient woodland that are relatively undisturbed. It's a shame but it does preserve the natural environment for the bluebells to flourish year after year.

Kevin said...

Amazing photos! I really, really like the one of the forest with the budding green leaves and a carpet of violet.

Pixie said...

Lovely photos Nil; especially the first one.

Nilmandra said...

Thanks, Kevin and Pixie. That one seems to be everybody's firm favourite.

tigerfish said...

I know why you said it's a magical sight! It really IS!

noobcook said...

OH MY GOD!! envy, envy! Such beautiful sights! I didn't know rosemary can have such pretty flowers. lovely photography :)

Nilmandra said...

Tigerfish: I felt like looking for little fairies or elves ;)

Noobcook: They were very pretty, and such an enormous bush too!

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