Saturday, 20 May 2017

Easter Parade – a wee bit late …




Family and friends gathered … horses had been fed, watered and were out in the field on the Downs ...

Downland View


... the day was cold, but dry and sunny at least …






The cat had disappeared … Bertie is not too keen on visitors!  



Well in this photo - she's hoping someone will throw the
ball for her ... but that someone just wanted to have a zizz!





The beloved dog was greeting all visitors, happy just being around her two-legged pals … this photo is from the end of Summer last year.




I think there were 16 of us … as I’m no longer required to help – that eliminates me from knowing numbers or worrying about how many table settings or seating plans!


Just making sure I was well
watered! Sadly I was driving
so that scuppered that!




I just need to chat away to whomever wished to be talked to … including the dog!




Chocolate eggs were dotted around the garden for garnering in later on … 


Egg planting session here


... strange custom to have plants that give us chocolate – but they do … especially as some of you recently mentioned about chocolate mint …


Rockery - rosemary in front, bluebells
beyond, shrubs and many other plants



So here’s some photos of the day and the garden … this is before the full spring blooms were out … it is now meant to be late Spring early Summer – but it is raining!




Beech tree underplanted with
cyclamen - where the hammock sits




Over the years the garden has matured and changed … it is not the easiest soil to garden on … chalk – doesn’t help – this wet spell will have improved its lot immeasurably …



Japonica




Right off we go – pictures and some notes – on names of flowers, trees etc … (well some of them anyway!) … 

well that was the post that was!







Wild naturally planted rockery - Downs in distance,
with primroses, bluebells and cowslips

Enjoy your fresh air breaks ... see how many plants, flowers, trees etc you can identify ... if not - check out later on ... and watch them change as we go through the seasons ... not too quickly please for this third-ager!



Hilary Melton-Butcher
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45 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Just beautiful.
We share our lives with an introverted cat too. Pleased to interact with one or two selected people (at times of his choosing) but averse to crowds.
The garden looks blissful. I would happily wander around in it, sniffing, stroking and admiring.
I am usually a tad jealous of your frequent rain, but we had buckets of the lovely stuff last night.

Gattina said...

Nice view on the Downs ! Do you have a cat now ?
I am back from Egypt and miss the sunshine !

Murees Dupé said...

Beautiful pictures. Sounds like you had a fab time. I agree, I am jealous of the rain you are having 😀.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Beautiful photos! Here Easter is the beginning of autumn, not spring, so all those pagan seasonal references don't quite work, but for children, chocolate always works, of course! (As a Pratchett fan, they are, of course, laid by the Soul Cake Duck)

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Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love the smell of chocolate mint. You have reminded me to go look for it in my gardens. Now where did I plant it?

Robert Bennett said...

It's so gorgeous. I'm a little jealous now. I was at work all day on Easter.

Karen Walker said...

So lovely

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Regardless of the poor soil, the garden looks wonderful. My perennial beds are just a jumping now, and I adore them at this stage, before they bloom and the greens are so fresh.
Have a wonderful day,
Andrea

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ EC – it is a gorgeous garden and lovely to wander around in and admire the plantings etc … we’ve had very little rain in the south east – so are in dire need of the rain, just would rather it didn’t come at the beginning of early summer!

@ Gattina – good to see you and thank you … no cat though.

@ Murees – thank you re the photo selections … it was fun and good to be together. I gather the Cape is desperate for rain … we needed it here, so these last few days have helped …

@ Sue – thanks … I know you’re down under! Still Easter is easter and chocolate and children (even adult ones … all we are now) are always happy together! I could never get into Pratchett – one day perhaps …

@ Arleen – I know chocolate scented plants are interesting and seductive … I’m sure you’ll find your chocolate mint – I hope so anyway …

@ Robert – it is gorgeous … sorry about the working, but then there are the days off …

@ Karen – thanks

@ Andrea – the garden is well planted now – the plants survive our dry weather. It’s lovely when the plants start to burst out … so quite agree with you there … it is really greening up here ...

Cheers to you all – we’ve had quite a lot of rain, which in the south east corner of England we were desperate for … so that’ll bring on the plantings … enjoy the weekend - Hilary

Click said...

I love your photos. We've had an explosion of bluebells on the estate where I live as well. I love seeing the blue haze over the ground as we drive through the woods.

Cait @ Click's Clan

Annalisa Crawford said...

Beautiful photos, especially the cyclamen under the beech tree! (Glad you mentioned what they were - my knowledge amounts to 'purple flowers under that tree'!) :-)

bazza said...

Your post paints a picture of a lovely life! How nice to enjoy a beautiful garden in a picturesque location!
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Out on the prairie said...

I may go weeks without seeing the cat in the barn and think it left, only to find its new hiding place.With herd dogs it keeps its distance.

A Cuban In London said...

Beautiful pictures. So good of you to include the dog in the conversation! :-)

Greetings from London.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Click - thanks so much ... we have an explosion of bluebells too - just not in the garden ... on the verges and in the woodland around - that blue haze is quite extraordinary isn't it ...

@ Annalisa - glad you now know that there are cyclamen growing! Actually in a spread like this under the bowing beech tree they are spectacular ...

@ Bazza - yes - it is a lovely place ... with a garden and entertainment to match ...

@ Steve - Bertie is an indoor cat! But no doubt a hedge gave him some protection and the fields beyond if he feels like wandering ... so no barns to hide out in ...

@ Mario - thanks and I know I need to converse with the dog when I'm over there ... she's good company - doesn't answer back!!

Cheers and thanks ... so glad you enjoyed the photos and views ... enjoy the weekend - Hilary

Anabel Marsh said...

Better late than never! And beautiful at any time.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those old English gardens are a treat.

D.G. Hudson said...

Gorgeous images, Hilary, and that black and white cat reminds me of our last cat. We get enough rain around the Canadian west coast that I don't envy you, but isn't all that moisture what gives English ladies the most beautiful skin?

Truedessa said...

I love the flowers and I would really like to lounge in that hammock and enjoy the day!

Keith's Ramblings said...

Such a lovely time of year in the garden, it changes almost daily. Tomorrow I'll be swapping our beautiful Downs for the rugged mountains of Scotland for a few days. Different flora, different forna!


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Betsy Brock said...

Looks like a wonderful time! That Bertie looks like she's part of my clan! haha.

Love the table setting...beautiful china and all the special things like salt cellars, etc. I love that kind of stuff!

baili said...

Your garden is marvelous and give perfect feeling of "spring "
Looks like blessings of spring showering upon as flowers are gorgeous!
Shy cat is cute.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Anabel - yes a relief from the A-Z ... but such a lovely interlude to be a part of: so beautiful.

@ Alex - our English gardens are a real treat - you are so right.

@ DG - we had a black and white cat as kids ... but he loved people! They are lovely animals to have around sharing our space though. In recent years our rainfall in the south-east has been varying ... and this past year we've had very little. That rain is meant to give us wonderful skins ... mine was good!

@ Truedessa - having a lounging afternoon in the hammock would be so good wouldn't it ... new mown grass with the buzz of insects and some gorgeous flower scents wafting by ... warm sun and a light breeze ...

@ Keith - enjoy Scotland - a great change of scenery ... flora and fauna - it'll be gorgeous - lucky you ...and by the time you're back the plants will have dramatically changed ...

@ Betsy - it was a thoroughly good day ... and that Bertie is almost a she -but not quite! That must have been an early photo of a young Bertie ... yes, I thought you'd like the table ... it is done well ...

@ Baili - wish the garden was mine ... but I go and enjoy. The rain will have been enjoyed by the plants and outdoor life ... we needed the rain. Bertie is a delight ...

Cheers to you all - thanks for visiting and enjoying the garden ... Hilary

FinnBadger said...

Such great pictures!

And how do I get to not being in charge of anything? That would be a perfect day for me!

Inger said...

Did you that American cats, of the regular variety, look different from European cats? Yours are shorter and rounder, sort of. I noticed it on my visits to Sweden. Anyway, the cat is very pretty and I'm glad the dog is more friendly. Love your pictures, spring is a good time to be alive. (You know I dread the hot summer here.)

DMS said...

Thanks for sharing these photos! I love that you don't have to keep track of table numbers and how many people are coming. Just wonderful! You get to enjoy the moment. Love the vibrant colors of those eggs!

I need to get out for a walk or a hike. Nature always rejuvenates me!
~Jess

Deborah Weber said...

What lovely photos and it looks like a delightful celebration was had by all. I think a nap in a hammock over a bed of cyclamen and then a little hunt for garden chocolate sounds like an ideal way to spend an afternoon.

Birgit said...

Great photos and it is always better late than never! It looks like you had a great time and anything chocolate is good with me:)

Janie Junebug said...

Chocolate eggs would be much tastier than hard-boiled.

Love,
Janie

sage said...

Oh, a beautiful Easter!

Courtney Turner said...

Sounds lovely and cheerful. I cooked a turkey and we invited some friends, for an impromptu Easter dinner. They played music which is a real treat. Thx for your kind comments during A-Z. Courtney - Maui Jungalow

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Phillip - many thanks ... re the not being in charge of anything .. I suspect just get old!!

@ Inger - interesting ... so it looks like north American cats have evolved. Perhaps that's why Bertie disappears ... he's a he!! Still the dogs are chatty ... only one at the moment. Spring is a good time to enjoy life ... it's meant to be warming up here this week ... I know how you aren't happy with your summer heat ...

@ Jess - yes I can relax... trouble is I enjoy being busy! I hope you had a lovely walk ..

@ Deborah - we had a good time ... and a nap in the hammock is always good!

@ Birgit - well it couldn't be during the A-Z ... that'd have stretched my brain to bursting point!

@ Janie - sometime hard-boiled eggs are delicious ... but chocolate doesn't do anyone any harm either!

@ Sage - thank you ... it was a lovely Easter ...

@ Courtney - oh well done on cooking up a turkey for your Easter - impromptu dinners are wonderful, especially if friends turn up with their own instruments and make music for all the guests ... sounds lovely ...

Cheers to one and all - thanks for coming by ... cheers Hilary

Nilanjana Bose said...

The garden looks like nirvana. Beautiful photos. A bit sorry you could not adequately 'water' yourself :) but I am sure the rest of it made up.

Happy Monday and week!

Pamela Wright said...

Hi Hilary, that looks like it was a wonderful day. I love your garden but especially the beech tree with the cyclamen underneath it - purple gorgeousness. Have a great week.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

So beautiful! It's looks like it was an enchanting day!

Emily Bloomquist said...

Sounds like a lovely day, Hilary. Our cats tend to disappear when guests arrive, too. Thanks for sharing some of the garden plants with us.

cleemckenzie said...

What a beautiful day you had. The setting couldn't have been more perfect with the rosemary in full bloom and the sun spreading cheer.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Looks like you had a beautiful day. Dogs are great listeners and in Millie's case sometimes dominates the conversations. :)

Lenny Lee said...

hi grandblogmum

happy belated easter!

looks like you had a really nice time. lots of food, drinks and chatting with friends and family. hope you found a lot of chocolate eggs as you trekked through the garden. the plants, trees and flowers are so pretty. for sure you enjoyed the day.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Nila - it is nirvana ... but a lot of work, happily done. I know the trials of having to drive myself home ... ah well - there have been days! It was just lovely being there and joining in ...

@ Pamela - sadly it's not my garden - but the beech tree is certainly a feature ... as you say at this time of year purple gorgeousness ...

@ Holly - many thanks ... it's always good to be there ...

@ Emily - some animals do tend to stay away with visitors ... just we're not used to cats disappearing off ... but this one does. I'm happy to name the plants - keeps me in check!

@ Lee - we were lucky with the weather ... while the setting is glorious and some sun - which was somewhat sporadic ...

@ Teresa - dogs are great listeners ... yes I gather Millie does like the limelight! But you're obviously enjoying her and that's the main thing ..

Cheers to you all - looks like our summer might have just popped up this week - in time for our Spring bank holiday weekend - used to be Whit Monday following Whit Sunday ... so we're hoping for really hot summer weather for the long weekend ... Thanks for visiting - Hilary

Jacqui Murray said...

That looks delightful. That's exactly what an Easter meal should be like.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hi Hilary. Thanks for commenting on Alex's blog about decluttering. And here's to decluttering with vengeance.

Love your pictures. This is my first year foraging. Now I'm seeing pictures of plants, our woods and even my own yard, differently.

Wishing you a yummy day!

Lynn said...

What a lovely place! I hope Bertie reappeared when all was quiet!

Joanne said...

Never too late for Easter pics. Looks delightful and glad you got to just enjoy it all. I bet spring has really sprung by now- lush trees, flowers, and greenery.

Debbie D. said...

Thanks for sharing your Easter celebrations, Hilary. ☺ Cats generally tend to be less sociable than dogs. Both are cuties, though! I hope the weather has warmed up in the meantime. We're getting a lot of rain and it's a bit chilly.