A Garden Snapshot

On an albeit cool day of sunny interludes on which

winter flowering and amanogawa cherry blossoms flourished alongside each other, I produced

a snapshot of the garden. As usual titles of the individual pictures will be found when accessing the gallery with a click on any one image.

This evening Elizabeth came to dinner which consisted of succulent roast pork, with cracking crackling; crisp Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and parsnips; crunchy carrots; firm broccoli and cauliflower; and meaty gravy. Dessert was cherry pie and custard. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden while my sister and I drank Pinha Ribiero Santo Dao 2019.


  1. Is this your garden? Fabulous to look at, and I bet your fingers can do with a rest after all these years of hard graft on the plants. That is one thing I miss, is my garden.
    Thanks for sharing the Pinks!

  2. What a lovely collection of spring beauties – your header shot is especially special.
    I love the way you photographed the daffodil, a solitary soldier!
    Spring blossom… summer mustn’t be far away!
    E ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love your blooms! They prompted a close look out my window for buds on the crabapple tree. Nothing Yet! Your dinner with Elizabeth sounds delightful.

        1. Yes. I had a friend once who had a frog collection which began when one person gave her one; another noticed that on and gave her another; and it snowballed without any intention on her part ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These pictures are stunning. So detailed and vivid. I had Hoegaarden for the first time recently. Now, Iโ€™m no expert on beers, but I liked it much more than the Indian Kingfisher.

    1. Thank you, Dolly, for alerting me to the fact that I had omitted the titles. Now corrected. Jackie has pointed out that I wasn’t very well yesterday – back to normal today.

  5. I very much liked the general views from above. Unfortunately, I can’t read your photo captions as they get cut off at the bottom of my viewing space.

  6. The new owl is still pristine clean – but patiently waiting for all the spring and then summer flowers to bloom. I had noticed that over the winter the garden still had great blooms – a full year seasonal garden you have there…

  7. The spring blossoms are crisp and fresh. I always enjoy the view from upstairs where I imagine you surveying your lovely garden.

  8. Oh, my, such lovely images to view just before bedtime. I planned to recall them as I lay my head in my pillow to help fall asleep. But then I read the rest and decided Iโ€™m going to bed on a beautiful full stomach of pork, et al. Donโ€™t worry, this full stomach wonโ€™t keep me awake. So delicious sounding. But, what is โ€˜cracking cracklingโ€™?

    1. I expect you know crackling is the crispy skin – cracking is my play on words to suggest both very good and crisp enough to crack/split ๐Ÿ™‚ If it is soft it is no good. Thanks a lot, Steve

      1. Of course, I should have known. As a kid, we would have leg of lamb on Sunday and my sister and I would compete for the โ€˜crackling crackingโ€™ skin. Oooh, so good. Today, my wife removes skin from any chicken or turkey. Probably healthier but less fun. Thanks, Derrick. Have a great day!

  9. Those cherry blossoms are gorgeous. I had to read their name aloud a couple of times, but I still couldn’t figure out which language it was from. It’s Japanese, as you no doubt know, and means ‘Heaven’s river.’ I was intrigued by its columnar form, too. What a beauty!

    1. Thanks very much, Linda. I knew amanogawa was Japanese, but not its meaning. Jackie did look up the winter flowering one some years ago, but the label she made has disappeared and we can’t remember it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. That is a wholesome snapshot of your garden compiled astutely in between the sunny interludes. Thank you for the morning sojourn; I feel as content as Jackieโ€™s owls, talking of whom I wonder if they have got individual names?

  11. Oh, the garden is looking blooming lovely.
    Supper with Elizabeth sounds delicious – Mmm.. really must get up have breakfast! ?

  12. Gorgeous flowers! I love the garden views from above! Good to see Florence and the owls watching over the garden-goings’-ons! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    So wonderful that you could have a meal with Elizabeth! A yummy meal indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…Yay for crackin cracklin! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We made green chili chicken enchiladas for supper…and my hubby made cracklin’ out of the chicken skin for him to eat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Spring is certainly busting out all over in your garden. The hard work you two put into it is evident.
    It’s only 6:30 am here, but now I am craving the dinner you had last night!!

  14. Your spring garden provides delightful color on a dreary day! I can’t pick a favorite–though I do love the cherry blossoms. It’s great that you got to see your sister and have such a nice dinner.

  15. it is amazing, I am still waist high in snow (ok only in some places) and you have a blooming garden.. its awesome.. I can smell the earth and the new growth.. hmmm. lovely.

  16. Oh the look of the sun even warms me from the photos. How much a gift spring is to us humans each year. Your garden is splendid as always, and I love your captures. For me, late spring is the busiest time for taking care of my land and gardens. When is busiest for you two?

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