These Things Shall Pass: Weekly Photo Challenge and Other Stuff

I have finally finished my notes for a job I am doing on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, I shall reread them, try to turn them into a coherent narrative. Think of me. It needs to be done, but I can feel avoidance coming on which will only mean a late late night on Monday.

But I may also manage to nip round to the allotments where they are planning a clearing up day. Not that I have an allotment, but I am guilty by association. Octavia is coming to supper. So I need to do something about the less than pritine kitchen and other surfaces, and the muddle of papers that litter every corner of the sitting room. As I typed that I thought I should ask Celia and Charlie if they are about too.

Are you reading this Celia? The menu is lentils and coriander with brown rice. Wine will be drunk. Currently I don’t have a pudding, but it’s possible a cake may be baked. Apple, most likely.

Our own garden is beautiful. In spring the world fills with colour. Stunning, wonderful, transient colour.

I walked away from my work, went out into yesterday’s sunshine and took these:

Blue Hyacinth

Blue Hyacinth

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Glorious Red

Glorious Red

Overblown Red Tulip

Overblown Red Tulip

Overblown Pink Tulip

Overblown Pink Tulip

Tulips and Sunlight

Tulips and Sunlight



Unseasonal Hollyhock

Unseasonal Hollyhock

White Tulip

White Tulip

The tulips we planted last autumn. Where I live was a the site of a nursery famed for its tulips. Mentioned in Anna Pavord’s book, The Tulip, no less. The squirrels had eaten most of the bulbs, so we undertook a Herculean task to plant four hundred new ones. One hundred were stolen, so that made it a bit easier.

I must have palnted a good two hundred. I had a huge blister on the palm of my right hand from my efforts with a not very good trowel.

But the results make that blister worthwhile. And where did the celandines come from? The combination is just delightful. If our cherry tree would explode into blossom I think my heart might burst.

As this seems to fit the week’s photo challenge, I am tagging it ephemeral. To see other ephemeral images click here.


22 thoughts on “These Things Shall Pass: Weekly Photo Challenge and Other Stuff

  1. Lovely photos as always. I love tulips at every stage, but perhaps overblown best. If time permits tomorrow I have a beautiful magnolia to show you in Dale Road and a sunburst of kerria nearby.

    • And amazing how the sight of them is such a spirit raiser. I fully understand why horticulture is so helpful to people suffering from depression. How can you look at these flowers and not feel glad?

  2. How mean-spirited to steal 100 of your bulbs, Isobel, but the ones you planted are certainly rewarding your efforts. Gorgeous photos! Spring is such a wonderful time of year. The bursts of colour uplift the spirits and make the heart feel glad. We visited family in London on Wednesday and as we walked to lunch we saw a magnolia tree with the flowers almost fully open. Magnificent! We’re a little behind London, but the daffodils are waving their golden heads and we’ve had crocuses. No tulips yet, though.

    • It was all a bit odd. They were in a box in the entrance to be of the blcks, with my trowel and they disappeared. As did a box f bulbs and planters from one of the binsheds. That box had been clearly labelled, so no be could have mistaken it for rubbish.

      However, we still had a good lot of bulbs, bought from Parks, who were very good, and they have made a nice show.

      I saw magnolias almost in flower several weeks ago. It seemed so early.

      I lust after a clematis. They look as though someone has decorated a bush with bright tissue paper flowers. So gaudy and confident.

  3. Beautiful blooms and you are so lucky to have them to look at. I moved my daffs and they have presented me with a forest of bright green leaves only 😦

    • Yeh, many of our daffodils have come up ‘blind’ this tear. Time for new bulbs I think. Must remember to photograph them so we can remember where they need planting.

  4. Lovely uplifting images on a day of grey here, Isobel, so thank you! Tulips are beautiful at every stage. Walked in some lovely gardens today and the magnolia petals were emerging from teddy-bear furry-soft cases. Fab. Just a shame about the light but hey, you can’t have everything! 😀

    • We have had April showers today and march winds. The tree on the south side of Waterloo Bridge is a mass of frothy pink blossom. I was on the bus, so no pix other than in my head.

      • Blossom time is such a treat! Daughter-in-law just arrived back from Tokyo so I was anticipating some lovely images of the cherries, but they’re not in full bloom out there yet ;-/

        • I thought of you alst week when I was on a bus that passed the east end of St Paul’s. There is a magnolia in the churchayrd in full song. The cherry trees in the neighbouring streets are all frothily pink and white, but ours is still in bud.

        • My magnolia is still quite small but the Kanzan cherry tree at the front has flower bud globules just waiting to burst forth!

        • In the two days I was away, our cherry has gone from a few blossoms to lots. I expect full frothy exuberance by Wednesday latest!
          Aunt loved seeing the magnolias on our travels yesterday.

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