Shirt Sleeves Sunshine

This morning, accompanied by returning birdsong, I took a trip round the garden, occupied by numerous flying insects like these

bees drawn to euphorbia.

Martin’s tireless efforts of cutting back shrubbery, trimming and training roses throughout the winter have opened up

views throughout the garden.

Quite apart from their having no right to be in bloom this early these on the patio have survived all that the elements have thrown at them during the last few days;

these Lilac Wonders in the Palm Bed are better protected.

Numerous daffodils flourish,

as do forget-me-nots, wallflowers, and our first bluebells.

A range of camellias continue to carpet the ground beneath them.

It was definitely warm enough for shirt sleeves – and for me.

This afternoon, while Dillon was passing his driving test, I watched the Women’s Six Nations rugby matches between Scotland and France and between England and Wales.

Becky came home with Dillon and we all dined on another of Jackie’s cottage pies, carrots, runner beans, and broccoli stems, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Sangiovese & Syrah Toscana.

This evening we all dined on (another of Jackie’s cottage pies, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli stems, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Sangovese/Syrah red wine) Merril’s comment exposes why the section in brackets was added.


  1. The garden is looking very colourful. Congratulations, Dillon. Our local gluten free pie baker has ceased catering for gluten free people. Baking one at home is costly and wasteful when I can only buy various gluten free flours in 2 or 5 kg bags and I’m not a big baker of anything these days. I had my first (gluten free) single serve pie in months while traveling on Wednesday. Cost was AU$10.95/£5.95. At that price, pie will be only on my menu on those occasional road trips south. I do appreciate the bakeries that bake gf but it’s still costly for those who don’t. Sangiovese & Syrah Toscana – sounds Mediterranean.

    1. Now added. Merril’s comment shows why it needed to be solved. Thanks very much, Pat

  2. Congrats to Dillon!
    What lovely springy flowers! Love their colours! Good to see bees a’buzzin’!
    Happy Easter and Happy Spring to you and your family!
    Sensational salutation (title)! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Your garden is stunning, and how wonderful it was warm enough to be out without a jacket. Congratulations to Dillon!

    Your final sentence is like something written by a victim in a mystery. 🙂

  4. We have had two days of lovely warm sunshine here in Berkshire. We spent them on our allotment, replacing the fruit cage, spreading manure and compost and generally enjoying the sun. Today it is grey once more.

    Congratulations to Dillon!

  5. Oh, my goodness… what a lot of blooming flowers!
    Congratulations to Dillon.
    We too had a lovely, sunny day, though coats were still needed up here in Yorkshire.

  6. I am glad you have some warm weather to enjoy the gardens and all these beautiful spring flowers! We had some of that beautiful weather here yesterday, too.

  7. So many pretty colors, so early. And beautiful sunshine. We’re expecting a little snow later this week and a full eclipse on Monday.

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