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Friday, 5 September 2008

Spring 1





The magnolia stellata is looking lovely, with its petal snow around on the bright spring-green grass.  And the buds of the wisteria are elongating.  I expect we'll see the first purple flowers within the week.  When the kids were little we used to have a little competition about now -  each tied a piece of coloured cotton around the bud we guessed would be the first to flower.

We haven't had a fire for a week, and last Friday was daffodils-for-cancer day, so it looks like spring is definitely here.  

So I thought I'd better get the autumn leaves swept up today.
 
(This time next year Ann, you and I will be sitting there in the late afternoon sunshine enjoying a glass of something-or-other won't we?  I can hardly wait!)

5 comments:

  1. Ah, that's pretty! I enjoyed my year in New Zealand, especially the flowers blooming pretty much all year. The seasons being the wrong way round was amazing and fascinating!

    I have a magnolia ('Susan') and a wisteria. We were very lucky this year because we got two full flushes of flowers on the wisteria, plus a few extras a little later. There were several years where the first flush was nipped off by frost, which is just so sad. I do love wisteria!

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  2. Jay - Whether our seasons are the wrong way round or not and whether this is the bottom of the world (downunder) is a deeply philosophical question in the form of "which way is up?".
    I have asked and solved this question by turning my map of the world around so that the Southern hemisphere is pointing towards the sky.
    I feel this is something that will catch on and you if you do this with your own map of the world you will be instantly cured of your seasonal inaccuracies.

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  3. The scent of the stellata is fabulous at the moment... And the wisteria is to come. I love the way wisteria 'drips' off its vine like liquid grapes.

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  4. ROFL!

    I still say Christmas in 'June' is bizarre!

    Let me know when you've eradicated the sandflies and tamed those gigantic mosquitoes and I'll be back. ;)

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  5. Where did you go Jay? I'd say at least to Milford Sound by the mention of sandflies and mozzies. Speaking of Milford, I feel a post coming on...

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