Monday, 7 April 2014

In awe of blossom!

What could be more wonderful than a mélange of gentle blossom to start the week?

You don't have to know your Amelanchier from your Prunus, or even your Cercis from your Malus to enjoy nature's very own ornamental confetti this month. 

Lift your eyes as you walk along, follow the flight of the bumblebee and let beautiful blossom raise your spirits and widen your smile.



47 comments:

  1. Beautiful, mine doesn't blossom till May, I love them even more when they toss down their confetti after a few weeks.

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    1. I love how it gathers to soften my footsteps as I walk, magical!

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  2. So beautiful Paul! We just had a thunderstorm. It was like walking through a huge cloud of pink and white confetti indeed :-)

    Happy evening!

    Madelief x

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    1. It makes for such a pretty show Madelief, especially when a gust of wind sends it flittering on the breeze.

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  3. Spring is mostly wonderful time of the year!
    Magnificent gorgeous images :)))

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    1. Thank you lovely Violetta. Hopes all well and that the temps are rising for you:)

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  4. Spring is wearing her pretty pink and white petticoats…………time to mothproof the wool coats and stash the snow boots at long last! Gorgeous blossom pics Paul - ours are out and the bees are already buzzing (good) along with the hornets (bad) - I'm not really complaining though, but I will when the darned mosquitoes arrive in another month or so.

    Heavy rain here today, a little thunder too. I see my azaleas budding and my wisteria has just popped out, perfect!

    Have fab week in London.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. It sounds like things are well under way in your garden Mary. I'll happily garden around all the insects in our garden who seem to come and have a nosey at what I'm up to without interfering to much. I actually quite like being surrounded by all the bees we have visiting. Bzzz! :)
      Paul x

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  5. How beautiful!!! We are just a bit behind you all - not too much action yet. But soon our cherry, magnolia and quince blossoms will all pop! Oh, such a tease.....

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    1. Such an exciting time of year, I never tire of the anticipation!

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  6. Beautiful photos, Paul, and a treat to see as spring still seems a very long way away from Vermont! Thank you for sharing!
    Phyllis

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    1. Ah yes but the build up only makes it all the more beautiful when it finally does arrive. x

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  7. Every year the blossom catches me unawares, does it improve each year?

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    1. I know just what you mean Rosemary, it does feel like the blossoms get better. I think its that we look closer with each year that passes, with renewed interest that creates the magical illusion.

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  8. Oh, I'm so envious, we're not there yet, not even close. I guess I'll just enjoy your Spring until ours arrives.

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    1. You get 2 for 1 then, how cool is that? :)

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  9. My who from my what? But you're right, I love them all.

    xo J

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    1. Earth goddess that you are, I knew that you would love them all Jane X

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  10. Hello Paul

    You make it sound so simple when you tell us to just lift our eyes and inhale the perfume.
    Spring is the best...

    Have a delightful week

    Helen x

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    1. We spend so much of our time looking down at the pavement missing the wonderful things going on right above our heads.
      Just keep an eye out for random banana skins though.....whoops!

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  11. SIR PAUL! HELLO! What lovely gifts you have for us here! Thank you kindly for coming to visit me. I am posting only once a month now, due to being too busy. But I'm still here to view the beauty and visit everyone!

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    1. I totally understand Anita, I do hope that poetry is intermingling within your current adventure with happiness and look forward to updates when you come up for air.

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  12. Hi Paul - I have so enjoyed dipping into your wonderful blog again.
    Your photographs are inspirational - I must get my camera out again!!
    I love your expression 'ornamental confetti' - so true. But the blossom is lovely, if short lived.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Lizx

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    1. Liz, I was so thrilled to see your name hit my emails again. I look forward to seeing what you've been up to.

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  13. So lovely! I can't wait to see some blooms over here.

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    1. When all the razzmatazz of Spring is over here, you get to experience another wave of Springtime brights, I look forward to seeing the floral awakenings through your eyes.

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  14. I know your site!I have been here many times……….I am not SUBSCRIBED because I need the e-mail sign up.I don't like BLOGLOVIN…………for some reason WE just doNOT get on.I am certain its me and its EASY but I haven't had much luck……..I shall try again just because of YOU!LOvely site…………really LOVELY.Glad you found ME and I already knew about YOU!Small World YES?!!

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    1. Hello Contessa. Thank you so much for looking me up, so glad you like the site and blog. Jump aboard and join us any way you wish, the magical train leaves any minute!

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  15. Thanks Paul for a beautiful start to my week. Love the blossoms! One of my favorite things about Spring. Lovely photos as always. Hope your week is great. xx Kim

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    1. Thanks Kim, hope you are having a vunderbar time in Carmel. The scenery out there really is AWESOME! :)

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  16. Spring really has arrived ... after months of cold weather. I always adore the blossoms.
    I love SPRING!
    Margaret
    http://decordesireforbeauty.com/blog.html

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  17. Dear Paul,
    those seas of blossoms: one is not only walking on pink-white clouds, but really lifted up a bit into the sky. The abundance, the fragility, the scent - a dream, a promise, a joy for eyes and soul.

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    1. I love your poetic affinity with nature Britta!

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  18. Hi Paul,
    These spring blooms are beautiful. We only have a few right now, so these are a welcome sight. I'm especially anxious for the apple trees to bloom.

    I think you would love having espaliered trees. I talked, dreamed, planned on them for about 8 years before they materialized for me.

    Cheers,
    Keri

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    1. We have fruit trees here which we are also waiting to blossom but something espaliered really would be lovely too.

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  19. It's a beautiful collage, Paul! I have a huge edible cherry tree in the garden. It's in full blossom, but I find that cherry and apple blossom are not scented in this country. I wonder why?

    As you mentioned the word "confetti" I will tell you why "confetti" is called "confetti" and also why it's used at weddings, in this country.

    The word confetti, in Italian, means "sugared almonds" When I was a little girl, and maybe even now, when a bride came out of church, after the wedding ceremony, well wishers, guests and relatives would "throw" handfuls of rice, coins and sugared almonds, confetti, in the direction of the happy couple, to wish them a happy life together.

    So, your tissue paper confetti is nothing but a lighter, less sweet, not edible, but cheaper version of the traditional sweet, smooth and more expensive, but original Italian sugared almonds: confetti! I quite like the tissue ones, but you can't eat them.

    There you go: you've learnt a new, useful fact, Paul!

    BTW: I posted the chocolate semifreddo recipe, today. You must make this. It's truly yummy!

    HUGS

    ANNA

    xxx

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    1. Oh Anna its so nice to have you visit, I always glean such useful information for my candlelit suppers and you always make me laugh:)
      It's lovely to hear that you are back blogging again. x

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    2. Candlelit suppers! You wouldn't be a fan of Mrs. Bouquet, or is it Bucket? I bet you haven't got "Room for a pony, though!"


      XXX

      ANNA

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    3. No, not since Sheridan gave up Gymkhana in favour of flower arranging!

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  20. Goodnight, sweet dreams from the " Lady of the house!" Buonanotte... I'm going on a Magical Mistery Tour in the world of my dreams... Where will I go tonight? I wish I wouldn' t dream! Every dream of mine is a saga!

    Ciao!

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  21. brings back memories of standing in an orchard of cherry trees in blossom, and the wind blowing a "snow shower of cherry blossoms on us. More than wonderful!

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    1. That sound absolutely magical Maryanne!

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  22. Fantastical Spectacticle!!!!!
    Di
    xxxx

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  23. And I can almost smell the beautiful blossoms-- goodness those blooms are gorgeous!
    Vicki

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  24. Greetings from Montreal, Canada! How gorgeous your blooms are!

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