さんがつ … The Month of MARCH … in the GARDEN

Sights from the garden …

Crocus

Scilla

Spirea

Hellebore

Hosta Krossa regal

Peony

In the Fruit Garden, along with the Raspberries,
Blackcurrant make its initial display …

… accompanied by new Strawberry shoots

and Rhubarb

Hellebores

A Gentle Stroll Together …

A scent to rival many Roses …

The beautiful ‘Black’ Hellebore

Another enjoyable walk through the garden … in the month of March.

P Livingstone

Author: Mr Livingstone

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3 thoughts on “さんがつ … The Month of MARCH … in the GARDEN”

  1. Is the first purplish pink flower bursting from the hairy pod a hellebore as well? Time and time again when I see a flower I absolutely love, it is a hellebore. Love the black one farther into your blog. I for one love seeing your garden and your esthetic. Your koi have weathered the winter well and are beautiful..each one distinct and made expressive through your photographs. You know we need not be exactly alike to appreciate the choices that someone else has made. Our lives are all works of art–some more pleasing than others, to be sure. You have created a beautiful world for yourself.

    1. Dear Judy,

      The first photograph (pink bud) in the “March” pictorial is Magnolia.
      My grandpa took me to his work at the Botanic Gardens win Belfast
      from the time I was 3; first paid job was at 7 … but by 21,
      I was specialising in the shade and ‘Japanese’ garden: the passage of time,
      since then, allows one to become competent, I suppose – glad that one person,
      at least, finds pleasure in visiting the garden here via the Internet.

      By ‘like mind’, I mean those few on earth who appreciate serenity;
      are not fixated upon machines; have the civility to say “Good Morning”
      and (as this site is my “conversation” in an originally-held fantasy
      of meeting folk throughout the world), the willingness to converse in return
      – just as you do.

      ‘Exactly alike’ would never occur to me: the ability to say, ‘I visit here
      and appreciate the effort that you make’… a bit of chat …
      a shared photo here and there, would.

      Good manners and congeniality come easily to folk who are ‘like-minded’
      to me … have never ‘surfed’ the Internet, and the little I have seen
      has demonstrated that crude vulgarity is now observably ‘normal’.
      By the end of 2014, I had had enough, and then two or three people
      would leave a note asking me to stay; I would pay for another year,
      and never hear from those folk again. After 4 years, one begins to feel
      foolish and quite pathetic.

      I had been coming here once a month throughout ’18 – but will
      add a few more photos, all being well, on Monday to show
      the finished garden beds … work (featured in the April pictorial)
      had to stop due to torrential rain, which is still hurling down.

      Hope to finish what I had started in that “15th of April,
      A Working Day in the Garden”.

      The nishikigoi have been moved since last we ‘spoke’ – and are now
      closer to the house (The “Nishikigoi and the Garden Pond” piece
      that you would have seen has been amended and updated to show the changes) …

      … a large blue heron was fearless enough to walk under the covered deck
      and jump up to have a look inside the pool. Had not thought (given the tree canopy,
      and rigid roof over the deck area, that that would have been a worry …

      The fish do spend the winter with a heater, and so are warmer out there
      than I am during the colder months. Pleased that you liked the Magnolia bud;
      the ‘other’ bud featured (in the ‘March’ and again in the ‘April’ pictorial,
      is a black Hellebore.

      Lovely to hear from you, Judy,
      All the best for now,
      PL

      1. I remember when you put the heater in the pool and, I believe, moved your Koi friends closer to the house, under your terrace roof, for the winter. Perhaps I’m remembering this incorrectly. I”m doing more and more of that lately. How did your “Open Garden”go? I remember you had invited neighbors to come view your garden. This was just before you suspended your blog. I love your koi. They are so expressive or perhaps it is just your photos that create the mood. I have always derived so much pleasure from plants and my garden, especially now when I am in a place where I can afford to hire a gardener to help. My surrounds are not by any means as formal as yours, but they are lush and full of life. My husband always did say I had to create a jungle around myself. A few years ago I moved my computer desk out to in front of the sliders that form one wall of my living room so I look out onto the terrace and back yard. I am so glad I did as I spend most of the day looking out at it now, in between journeys into my blog and other writing. Hope you continue with your blog as a record of the beauty you are creating.

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