I've been reveling in our little garden these past couple of days, enjoying what it has to offer and bringing bits and pieces into the house. Our garden is small and I am not very green-fingered so it's always a bit of a surprise when I grow actually something - pretty or edible - that I can bring indoors. The bluebells enchant me. I love their wobbly purple-blue heads and long slender stems. I picked a couple with the last daffodil and one of the last tulips (they are really on their way out now, poor battered things) and put them in a glass bottle. I love this cluster on the mantle above; the egg cup and dala horse bring out the bright primary colours in the flowers.
The mood board arrangements were inspired by Caroline at scraps of us. She takes the most beautiful photos of her local area, her children, her crafty makes, vintage finds and her home. She has an eye for really good composition and her blog is a visual treat. Do pop over to her blog and look at her monthly garden moodboards, and anything else for that matter!
Also from the garden - rhubarb! Notice there is nothing next to these two stalks to represent scale...they are a little on the small side. I've washed, chopped and frozen these and will add to them over time until I have enough to do a batch of baking or jam making.
I planted some alium bulbs last autumn and they have just started to emerge in the last week. Every day I see they've opened a little more. I love aliums, they're so dramatic, and I'm looking forward to seeing these open fully.
The smallest bit of blossom has appeared on our apple tree. I feared last year that out apple tree was dying as it produced hardly any fruit, and not many leaves. But this spring it is full of lush green foliage but very little blossom. Maybe it's retired from making fruit? That's fine by me as the apples were the size of plums and very tart, no good for eating or cooking.
I also noticed lots of little flowers in the strawberry plants. Does this mean there will be strawberries?