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.


Getting close to the wild deer at Wollaton Park

There has been a persisten queue at every icecream van that I've seen these two weeks.

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...

...look at the size of that rosemary bush!

Back in our garden, we have bluebells running down the entire length of one side.

The last of our tulips are in bloom. Other varieties have already shedded their petals.

And the apple tree at the back of our garden is completely covered with delicate blossoms.

I hope you've been enjoying the past two weeks as much as I have, wherever you are.


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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