End of March

And here we are at the end of the month!

Thank you if you’ve stuck with me for the last two weeks whilst I’ve been posting every day – I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have!

It’s been so lovely to have the daily conversation with you.  I haven’t always managed to reply to your comments but it’s been great to read them all and particularly those from yesterday’s Monthly Musing – so many of us “in recovery” from thoughtless childhood words!  Thank you for taking the time to write to me, I very much appreciate it xx

I’ve taken your advice over the mug stains too, you’ll be be pleased to know.  This is after a retainer cleaning tablet, a hot wash in the dishwasher and a good scrub with a scrubby pad in the sink – not bad, eh?!

Photo showing the clean inside of a white mug.  To the left is a pot of tea

I took my nice clean mug (full of tea) outside into the garden this evening.  The Clematis armandii has bloomed practically overnight as we’ve had a couple of days of beautifully warm weather.  This is such a pretty flower, I love it!

Pale pink Clematis armandii flowers

Pale pink Clematis armandii flowers

Clematis armandii flowers

I love being able to go into the greenhouse and see all those green shoots too.  I’m hoping to fill all the gaps in my borders this year with bright colours so that I can enjoy sitting in the garden with my knitting and looking at the borders rather than feeling that I should be up and weeding or digging, or feeling guilty that I haven’t done more this year.  This is going to be the year to enjoy the garden!

Seedlings in seed trays

Seedlings in seed trays

Seedlings in seed trays

Seedlings in seed trays

I cut the grass for the first time tonight too (I did put my mug down!), it’s in a bit of a state, it has to be said – there is so much moss!  The mower did pull a lot of it up and there’s plenty left on the grass so I’m hoping that the birds will have very cosy nests this year!

A lawnmower on the grass: to the left, the grass has been cut, to the right it is still long

The light was starting to fade as I was finishing and I noticed that the Magnolia stellata was out.  How did I miss those flowers?!  White flowers seem to glow in the twilight (they’re a designer’s trick to make a garden look longer if you grow them at the very end 😀) and these looked amazing as the light started to fade.

Magnolia blooms at twilight

It’s late now and dark, so I’m going to leave you with a couple of photos from the full moon yesterday.  I can’t normally catch it on my phone but I was quite pleased with these!

A full moon framed by trees

A full moon framed by trees

It’s called a Worm Moon because earthworm casts appear around this time of year, and if you follow astrology it’s a Libra full moon which apparently is all about balance.  That’s something that I need to work on – along with quite a few other people, I expect – as my work/life balance has got right out of sync during these lockdown months.  We’ve really missed having a holiday this last year – not necessarily a holiday abroad but just a break as it’s so hard to do that when you’re at home all the time.  We’re looking forward to the day when we can have at least a day out again, and I’m sure we’re not the only ones!

I won’t be posting daily after this post so you’ll be free of me in your inbox again for a while, but I have really enjoyed our regular chats so it won’t be long before I’m back! xx

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12 Responses

  1. leah says:

    My band teacher in the sixth grade told me that good flute players are a dime a dozen so the bad ones weren't worth anything. Really made me feel hopeless. I continued with the flute but never felt like I was ever any good.

  2. Sue Dale says:

    I’ve enjoyed your daily musings but I missed the one about stained mugs. Glad you got it sorted. I use baby sterilising tablets. I don’t know if they are the same as retainer tablets but they certainly work. X

  3. irune says:

    I'll miss your daily posts

  4. Unknown says:

    Thanks for the lovely photos, especially the ones of the moon! We have a Magnolia Stellata too – it's fairly new and we planted it last year. It's had fat buds since about Christmas and then about two weeks ago one bud slowly started to open, and then another, and then a few days ago there were suddenly loads of them open. We've really enjoyed the effects of the warmth for the last 2 or 3 days!

  5. Susan Rayner says:

    I have enjoyed the daily posts so very much!! The garden will look lovely later on this year after all the work in the greenhouse.
    We have a lovely Stellata which almost glows in the dark as well! Love your Montana – our's was eaten last year and disappeared!
    Sadly it was too cloudy here to see the Worm moon – however plenty of worm casts around so they are back doing their work aereating the lawns etc again!
    Hope you have a very happy Easter with your family.

  6. happy hooker says:

    Oh, those moon photos are lovely, if a bit spooky. I could see them as book covers on a murder mystery! I've been raking out the moss from my lawn. So much moss! I've put some of it into 2 old hanging baskets and hung them in a tree for the birds. Some has gone, but I'm not sure if it's the birds or the wind that's taken it. 😁 xx

  7. Beverly says:

    I really looked forward to each post you put out. I know that was a lot of work on your part and wanted you to know I appreciate it. We have had a lot blooming here in North Carolina, USA but unfortunately we are going to have hard frosts for the next three nights. I will have to cover my strawberry plants to keep them from freezing as well as my hydrangeas with their beautiful green leaves coming out. If they freeze I won't have my blooms later in the year.

  8. Unknown says:

    Thanks for inviting me into your world in Blarch. Xx Cathy in Sydney.

  9. Gillian says:

    I have so much enjoyed reading your lovely blogs and will miss you. Thankyou for the beautiful photographs and stories. Take care and keep safe. 'See you' again soon x

  10. Anne Bridger says:

    I have enjoyed your daily posts, I really looked forward to the next one. I love gardening too, as well as knitting socks, so love seeing the progress in your garden. Thank you for taking the time Christine, take care.

  11. Chris Knowler says:

    Glad you rescued your mug! We had a clear out when we renovated the kitchen in January/February. But kept some well loved mugs. With the new kitchen we bought a dishwasher and wow what a difference. We now wish we'd kept some of the other mugs we threw as they were too stained.
    Loving all your seedlings. We bought an upright cold frame last year and it's our first season using it. It's a learning curve. We forgot to open it up on one of the warm days and nearly lost a lot of seedlings but we now know what to do!
    My friend gifted me her Magnolia 'Susan' when she moved abroad. It is a lovely shade of pink and is in bud at the moment. She's managed to find a replacement luckily.

  12. The other Lynne says:

    I truly love reading your blog. It’s a little bit of “ home” for me. Thankyou for the brilliant photos too.

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