I know, more gardening photos. I can't help it - I just love this time of year and when something else is flowering almost every time I step out of the door, I just have to share my excitement. Above is the little cherry I bought recently, looking beautiful.
The deep azure blue of Scilla sibirica, grown in a pot, in shade, and still flowering away happily for the second year.
A viola with delicate hints of amethyst on the very edges of the petals.
Magnolia 'Susan' with its buds beginning to break and show the rich pink of the petals inside. It has only just started to flower in the last two days but is being encouraged by the sun we're getting at the moment.
Some of the flowers, enjoying the sunshine.
The inside of a flower, with a fuchsia pink centre. It also has the most delicious fragrance of lemon which is why I am so pleased it hasn't grown too tall yet, so I can still get close to the flowers. How can you not feel joyful with all this going on outside?
Another reason I am feeling particularly happy today is because I entered a giveaway on a blog that I follow and have just found out that I am a winner! The prize is a beautiful floral apron made by the blog author and I'll devote a post to it when it arrives. I don't win things very often so am absolutely delighted! Thank you so much to Thomasina (Elizabeth) of http://mrsthomasinatittlemouse.blogspot.co.uk/