April 03, 2014

the magnolia









Next door's magnolia is in full bloom… in fact the petals are beginning to drop. The flowers are huge and a soft, pale pink… they remind me of a ballerina's tutu.

Last weekend we planted the long border, so we have a handful of roses, peonies, begonias and ranunculus, along with some plants which should hopefully give us year-round interest… dogwood, virburnum and hebe. We planted all of our Christmas hyacinths in too, so we should hopefully have some early Spring colour next year. At the moment it looks a little bare, but I'm sure it will spread out over the coming months.

Mollie loves the garden and spends her time tearing from one end to the other, sniffing incessantly and trying to make friends with the neighbour's dog Sketch.

A couple of days ago, I gathered a few sprigs from the garden for my April moodboard… I'm planning to post a moodboard here each month so I have a snapshot of how the garden changes month by month. You can see the first of those posts here.

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


44 comments:

  1. Mollie looks very happy in her garden!! The neighbours magnolia really is spectacular isn't it, what a great borrowed landscape. xx

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    1. yes, she loves it! it really is so lovely, I'm glad the hedge is low so I can see it in all it's glory! x

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  2. I adore Magnolia's and I love your dog - she looks so sweet sitting in the grass. The moodboard idea is a great one - will be interesting to see how the colours change over the seasons.

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    1. thank you! yes, exactly what I was thinking… should be an interesting project! x

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  3. I do love ranunculus, so pretty. And Mollie looks happy there, too :)

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  4. Love everything here! Mollie's so chill =) #HDYGG

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  5. beautiful pictures. i wish i had magnolia growing in my garden x

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  6. I love the idea of a mood board-may try that thank you. And Molly is a cutie x

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  7. Oh wow, I love your mood board, what a great idea! Molly is very cute

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  8. that magnolia is absolutely gorgeous! and Mollie.... such a cute face she has.

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    1. isn't it stunning! she does have a cute face, though it hides a naughty persona… ha! x

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  9. Aw, Mollie is so cute!! That magnolia tree is beauuuutiful. I've also planted a peony this year, it's starting to get leafy and I'm looking forward to seeing it flower.

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    1. thank you! I love peonies, I think they're my favourite flowers x

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  10. Aww beautiful photos, so pretty! I love the pictures of the dog, how cute :D x

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  11. I just love magnolias, I was thinking about buying one just yesterday, but I've no idea where I'd put it. I'm looking forward to your moodboards, such a great idea.

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    1. they are beautiful, only if they do only last a few weeks x

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  12. Oh my hasn't Mollie grown!? Love magnolias, like they are stretching up to touch the sky. Totally besotted with idea of a moodboard once a month!
    Beautiful photos - thank you for sharing x

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    1. yes, though more in length than height it has to be said!! x

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  13. I was mooching through your images thinking about how lovely they were and then BOOM ... Mollie... and I fell in love.

    Gorgeous garden, gorgeous pooch :) x

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  14. Wow your neighbours magnolia is stunning! I am looking forward to watching mine grow. Your little dog is so cute :-)

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  15. Absolutely Beautiful!!!.. That Magnolia is Fantastic, I wish I had one of those :)

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  16. I do love Magnolias - we have one in the garden and it looks fabulous too. Those ranunculus are amazing, what a treat. Sounds like you've been busy and how adorable is Mollie :)

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    1. yes, the ranunculus seem bigger then the ones I find in the supermarket… perhaps it's a different variety?! looking forward to seeing them grow! x

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  17. Mollie and the magnolia are so beautiful. I would love both in my garden :)

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  18. Love the idea of the moodboard. I'm on a photo challenge at the moment so I'm totally going to pinch this idea and make my own today :)

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  19. I love magnolia, sadly I've never had any luck growing them. Molly is a little cute :-) I love the idea of a monthly moodboard.

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    1. that's a shame… thankfully there seem to be lots of them about in other people's gardens! x

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  20. Beautiful pictures:) Love the idea of a mood board.

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  21. Having a neighbour with a magnolia is great (we have one too) - we get to take the photos and they get the clearing up jobs!

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  22. Beautiful photos, the magnolia has such delicate shades of pinks & purples

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  23. Gorgeous photos of your garden and of your neighbour's magnolia. Mollie is adorable, completely, and growing so fast too. x

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  24. Your photos are stunning, and how adorable is Mollie!? x

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  25. Gorgeous pictures as always and Mollie is simply lovely ... Bee xx

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  26. I LOVE the mood board idea. I often bring snippets in to photograph on white backgrounds to really focus on the details, but I hadn't thought of a collection quite like this. It sounds like you've been busy and Mollie is a cutie!

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