March 20, 2014

spring flowers and shoots...







Next door's magnolia has started to flower… I'm looking forward to seeing it bloom fully. I think these are my very favourite trees, particularly the white ones. Actually, lots of our neighbours seem to have magnolias and they look so pretty against the blossom.

In our garden, the green/red as-yet-unidentified bush has turned into a mass of new shoots, despite the pretty drastic pruning it received a couple of weeks ago. I don't suppose anyone knows what this is? Plenty of you identified our forsythia last week, thank you!

Along the border we have several of these large spiky looking shoots coming up. The flower head is very round and quite large, so I'm really, really hoping that they're peonies.

In the pot, the crocus have started to fade, and according to the back of the packet, the next to flower should be the hyacinths. They've started to show themselves through the earth, so I'm looking forward to their heady scent. Afterwards come anenomes and tulips (hopefully)!

Joining in with Annie's 'how does your garden grow'.

28 comments:

  1. The mystery bush is a spirea!! I know because I have one that looks to be the same as yours!! It will have lovely pink frothy flowers later in the year and if it is like mine will intermittently lose its leaves and then they all come back again - not necessarily seasonally I seem to remember!! I think that the plant below is a peony, that was my first thought when I was looking down. The magnolia looks beautiful too! xx

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    1. brilliant, thanks so much… now I can google it and see if I pruned it correctly (probably not)! I really hope they are peonies! x

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  2. I love your (neighbours) magnolia, unfortunately we have not had any success growing it, I think we're to high up.

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    1. yes me too, we're lucky we have a low shared hedge so I can enjoy it! x

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  3. Love seeing all the shoots and buds coming through now. My mum has a lovely magnolia tree that is in full bud now, so I'm looking forward to seeing that bloom. Beautiful photos x

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    1. isn't it exciting! they're so pretty in full bloom x

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  4. I would agree that they are peonies - the magnolia is such an elegant shrub x

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  5. I love the colours on your bush, although I don't know what is is, I am quite envious!

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    1. yes, isn't it striking? it's a spirea apparently x

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  6. Another one agreeing that the leafy plant in Spirea and the later one is a peony :)

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    1. well I'm very excited to see the peonies flower… one of my favourites! x

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  7. *adds magnolia to my list of 'to buy next year' things*

    Such sweet photos as ever Charmaine - and uber jealous at the prospect of the peonies too! Oh I flipping love this time of year!

    Thank you thank you for joining in again xx

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  8. how lucky are you to have a magnolia tree right next door? they smell heavenly and are so beautiful. lovely spring shots

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    1. I know, we lucked out… both our neighbours have lovely gardens and we have relatively low hedges and fences so I can enjoy them! x

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  9. that magnolia is stunning will you take a pic of it in full bloom i would love to have one of those #HDYGG

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  10. So Beautiful!!!... I love all the colours :) yay Spring is finally Here x #HDYGG

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  11. I would love a Magnolia. There is one up the road and it is gorgeous, if only I had the room. Hyacinths, now that is really something to look forward to.

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  12. I hadn't even thought about asking people to identify plants for me over the blog - what a great idea!

    Loving your pics too :) x

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  13. I love seeing magnolias come into bloom, they are such beautiful flowers #HDYGG

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  14. Definitely a peony, I think I might have bought our house because their was one flowering when we viewed it!

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  15. Magnolia's are wonderful aren't they. We have one that looked fabulous until the recent frost arrived. I love your red bush, reminds me of all the Autumn colours that were so great to photograph! Your post is looking great too. Sorry late commenting x

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