Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter time

 Easter is a time of new life emerging and for us it always means that spending more time in the garden is no longer a dream, we can actually get out there and enjoy it!


When we were down in Devon last week we visited Rosemoor RHS gardens. The gardens were passing from winter through into spring. We enjoyed our visit and came away inspired with so many ideas for both seasons that we can't wait to try in our garden.


These miniature daffodils looked so lovely- I would never have planted this many in one pot but the mass planting was so impressive and an easy idea to copy.



The pond was also a mass of yellow and green and the dogwoods below were so eye catching ......


 We also discovered  another dogwood below called "Winter Beauty", it didn't come out very well in the photo but it's colour was incredible going from yellow through to orange with a tint of red at it's tips.


We picked up so many ideas of what to plant under the roses, although our tiny rose border will never look as grand as this!


 It was also good to get ideas for vegetables and varieties that will survive the winter - this spinach looked so healthy. 


We woke up this morning (Good Friday) to rain and mist. It didn't stop me however, from going to the bakers and picking up these hot cross buns - they were huge and very tasty. It has always been a family tradition to eat them for breakfast on Good Friday. What Easter traditions do you follow?


 Wishing you all a have a lovely Easter weekend and I hope the Easter bunny brings you some chocolate eggs too.....


Like Mr and Mrs Pot - we hope to be out in the garden copying some of those ideas we have picked up, weather permitting!



Sarah x 

44 comments:

  1. I feel guilty. Still have to rake up all those leaves from last fall before I can start planting. I think your weather must be better than ours is. Since you are farther north than my state, I am surprised. Gorgeous. I'd love to have one of those buns.

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  2. Happy Easter Sarah, to you and your family.
    Loved seeing all your beautiful photos - yes, it is a tradition here to eat hot cross buns for morning tea - they are so delicious and I always bake them every year. I like Mr and Mrs Pots - such a great idea.
    Hope the Easter bunny brings you some chocolate and enjoy the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  3. Happy Easter to you, we had our hot cross buns yesterday ( Good Friday ) I'm now baking for Easter Sunday with the family.

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  4. My English Bluebells are coming up! I planted 80 bulbs in our little woodland area last Autumn. I'm so excited! Maybe I'll have a bit of your lovely English countryside outside my window. I wish I could grow roses as well as you all do. It's just too hot and humid here in July and August. The Hot Cross Buns look like I thought mine should have, but didn't. I figured something must have happened in the rising stage that shouldn't have.

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  5. Lovely post. I usually bake hot cross buns, but this year I did not. No reason, just being lazy. Happy gardening, happy springbtonyou and your family.

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  6. It sounds wonderful to me. We are gardening all weekend to and also cooking an Easter feast of roasted Chicken. Our spinach did not do well this Winter. I believe it was just too dry and warm. We eat a lot of spinach. I like to put it in my smoothies too. Enjoy your weekend outdoors. Happy Easter.

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  7. Well, as usual, I am in love with all the beautiful color surrounding you. And the giant bunny is wonderful.

    Our Easter morning will be spent on the beach where the Easter Bunny will greet children for a giant egg hunt in the sand.

    Thanks for the kind words on my latest post. I am actually using both hands right now to type with now pain at all!

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  8. I'm just beginning to feel a bit eastery - especially now I've seen your hot cross buns - I will have to get some (or make some like Carolyn!)

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  9. Lovely garden ideas, and what a wonderful rabbit. I hope you have a good Easter. CJ xx

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  10. Good morning ,Sarah, thank you for the pictures from Rosemoor. In spring you can see the branches of the shubs - beautiful. I was there years ago in Spring - and last summer I sleeped in the cobhouse for a while, it was 28 degree and I was with a group, it was so hot - and I'm completly tired out. I like Rosemoor - there was an antic faire.

    Sigrun

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  11. Happy Easter. Those hot cross buns look delicious. I love them but am trying really hard to resist this year as I have just started at Slimming World and need to keep in the zone. What a beautiful garden you visited, just love that pot of daffodils massed together.

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  12. Well, yes, there is lots of inspiration there! I am particularly fond of Dogwoods. They look better en masse, but even a few can be spectacular. I have one called "Midwinter Fire" that looks very similar to the "Winter Beauty" you saw. We are celebrating Easter with one of her daughters and her family, tomorrow (Sunday). We will be cooking up a big lunch for them all. Looking forward to playing with the grand-children! (and giving them Easter eggs...)

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  13. I love these photos Sarah! Oooh, I should try Spinach too!!!x

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  14. Oh Sarah, such FUN YOU HAD! And discovery, isn't it the elixir of youth? I have been on spring break all week and with some good weather to be had, I made some very lovely discoveries here in my section of town. A charming old bookshop that I never knew was there (where poetry readings are held!) and a few new antique shops BUT also some gardens that I never saw. Though our weather is not allowing anything to sprout yet, I know that once we see some greenery, I will be so enchanted. And your garden shop here, with that thatched-roof shed, the dogwoods, the spinach! LOVELY!

    Our Easter tradition here is to go watch the sunrise at one of our favorite lakes in town. We take a thermos of tea, our bible or some poetry and just give thanks for a new beginning. Enjoy your Easter! Hugs, Anita

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    1. That sounds a lovely tradition at Easter watching the sunrise over the lake. Sarah x

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  15. I always forget how many hot cross buns the recipe makes and we eat them for 4 or 5 days......but that's not really a problem!
    Devon is milder than East Suffolk, everything here is still slow due to the cold winds we keep getting

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  16. Visiting Rosemoor, so exciting, it´s already years on my list for gardens to visit, thanks for the pictures. The weather is still not spring-like, rain and cold, actually very good for some hot cross buns, they look delicious.
    Wish you, despite the weather, lovely Easter days!

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  17. Warmer weather is due from Monday - it's chilly here today so I am really looking forward to gardening from Monday! Happy Easter my friend x

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  18. Happy Easter Sarah! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend. And thanks for the miniature daffodil planter idea. I might just give that a try next year.

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  19. Hello Sarah,

    You must be really looking forward to being outdoors now that the weather is finally warming up. The sun is shining brightly here in Budapest so we hope that it is the same for you too.

    RHS gardens always are sources of great ideas and are so beautifully kept. They really do serve to inspire and motivate. Massed plantings in containers or borders we always think is best. It gives a real burst of colour and looks confident. And, when it is not flowering.....one looks elsewhere!

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  20. I love daffs planted en masse like that. It is very cold here today, so I am staying indoors, but wishing that I was in the garden! xx

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  21. Lovely post, thank you for sharing and a Happy Easter to you and yours,

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  22. Inspiring photos Sarah! Wishing you and your family a happy EASTER!
    Olympia

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  23. Happy Easter Sarah - The Daffodils do look stunning in the pots. Tommorrow I get to see what is happening in our cottage garden in Scotland - I am expecting it is a bit overgrown.

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  24. One of the fun things about visiting other gardens is coming away with ideas that work in your garden. That arbor will be beautiful come summer. :o) Bulbs do seem to look best when they're stuffed in together.

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  25. It is interesting to see the flowers in the pond near you are so similar to the flowers in the pond near me even though we live *across the pond* from each other, Sarah :) In the last place I lived there were two dogwood trees that were beautiful all year long...with or without leaves. The one Easter tradition I have had is attending church services, but I have often had hot-cross buns during the season as well. Wishing you happy gardening and a Happy Easter as well. xx

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  26. We want to get in the garden and start working but it is typical bank holiday weather again :-) I love the dogwood with its burst of colour against the sleepy trees. Have a wonderful Easter xx

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  27. Happy Easter Sarah. Celebrating Spring at last - hurrah!

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  28. What lovely gardens, with oh so much inspiration for sure. The Winter Beauty dogwood sounds lovely, I must look that one up. Here in Virginia - our state tree is the Dogwood, we are quite a bit away from them bloom yet. It was very cold again last night, but I'm sure the day will warm with the sun. Happy Easter! xo Kim

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  29. I love visiting the RHS gardens although I've never been to Rosemoor. There's always so much inspiration there; I probably spend as much time in the veg and orchard sections as I do looking at shrubs and trees. How do they get their spinach to look so healthy (and slug free) I wonder? The red and green dogwoods planted together look so colourful, although they should be starting to get leaves soon. I'm having a quiet Easter weekend with my son home from Uni; I discovered a great pizza recipe using some chard from the garden (successfully grown over winter!) along with feta cheese and leftover lamb - possibly a good one for the Easter weekend! Isn't roast lamb traditional at this time? Have a great weekend, Sarah! Caro xx

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  30. Happy Easter!
    I have long wanted to go to Rosemoor, but whether to go in summer when there are roses and it's busy, or in spring when its charms are more subtle?

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    1. It was nice to see the structure of the garden and it sometimes we were the only ones in parts of the garden. Last time we visited was August and the flowers were magnificent but you don't notice every single one. Maybe the solution is to go twice! Sarah x

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  31. Winter Beauty is in full glory at Paignton Zoo, and I had some in my old garden 'up north'. I had one Easter egg and am looking forward to eating some of it tonight, but somehow this year I didn't get any hot crossed buns!

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  32. Happy Easter Sarah, your photo of the eggs in the basket, the flowers and the check curtains create the perfect rural setting! You always take us on such a lovely journey on your days out! And we too love a hot cross bun and a cup of tea! Hope you managed to get in the garden today and do a bit of gardening. We had clear skies and plenty of sunshine today!

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  33. Great pictures you share ... thank you.

    I just love the bright yellow of daffodils, a classic Spring bloom.

    Happy Easter

    All the best Jan

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  34. The little dwarf Tete a Tetes look lovely massed together like that. Often Sarah, two to a bulb blooms hence the word tete a tete but sometimes as much as four to a stalk so a great idea to plant a pot full. They are often the first flowers, with primrose, we see here in the grocery stores. Such an uplifting blog post! Thanks and Happy Easter.

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  35. A lovely seasonal post, and some wonderful garden inspiration. We always have hot cross buns with jam on Good Friday - delicious!
    Cathy x

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  36. A belated Happy Easter, Sarah! Sounds like you have a wonderful weekend.
    Amalia
    xo

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  37. What a lovely Easter post from you...lovely pictures!
    Have a great week, take care.
    Titti

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  38. Dear Sarah,

    Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend?! Rosemoor gardens looks beautiful! There is so much to see already. I can imagine how much inspiration visiting a place like this gives you. I always enjoy it immensely too!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

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  39. Love your photos - those large-checked curtains and the table by the window with the flowers and eggs looks like such a beautiful, serene setting……I haven't had hot cross buns in ages - they look delicious and so does that fresh spinach.

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  40. Rosemoor is beautiful, we visited it a few years ago when we had a holiday in North Devon. Our nearest RHS garden is Harlow Carr at Harrogate and we go there several times a year. I would love to go to Rosemoor again sometime

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  41. What wonderful garden ideas and photos! I have the gardening bug in Alaska, but I haven't done it much myself before this year. I'm at a loss for what to do in this unique climate! Fortunately I know some experienced gardeners and I have an adventurous spirit . . .

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