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More spring scenes

Here is another magnolia which grows up by the side of the Civic Centre.  It is a lovely deep pink colour, I think.

deep pink magnolia

Nothing like the colour magnolia which paint companies sell in tins.

close up of pink magnolia

This flower was a little blurred but I thought I’d post it anyway.

one huge pink magnolia!

There is also a lovely pink flowering cherry tree which is out at the moment too.

flowering cherry in bloom

Yes, that is the right way up!  Taken from underneath…

And a lovely pink camellia too…

pink camellia

It has gone really warm the last couple of days and I sat out in the garden for a few minutes yesterday.  I couldn’t help noticing that the flies were sitting still too, sunning themselves…

close up of fly on leaf

I won’t show you the photos of the spiders…

Signs of Spring

Everywhere I go nowadays there are signs of spring.  Hurray!  I’m fed up with this damp, dark winter.  The clocks go forward on Sunday so it will be even lighter in the evenings. 

I love it when the magnolias bloom.  This tree is a gorgeous one:

magnolia tree in bloom

Here is another one which I pass on the way to Zachary’s school:

another magnolia tree in bloom

The blossoms are beautiful.

magnolia flowers

I love the way they seem to raise their heads to the sun. They look as though they are butterflies or birds spreading their wings, about to take off into the sky.

more magnolia flowers

Onset of winter

I went into the garden this afternoon with my new camera. I really must get the wireless set up. The USB downloading is much more fiddly than the other camera because you have to plug the USB into the computer one end and the camera charging ‘shoe’ in the other and then put the camera into the shoe. With the old camera I just had one end in the camera and the other in the computer. So the shoe has to be plugged in and stretched across the room too!!

I ought to be able to set this wireless thing up. DH got a new laptop earlier this week and I managed to link him up to the network all right. As well as installing AVG and Zone Alarm and all the other bits and pieces needed in this insecure cyber world, and uninstalling all the useless stuff which Dell decides to dump on it…

Anyway, back to the garden. Winter is setting in.

pear tree almost devoid of leaves

Some trees are nearly bare.

an orange leaf in the midst of a green bush

Some bushes are not quite there yet, though.

colourful leaves on grass

Lots of leaves on the grass too, looking colourful though a bit sodden and muddy…

fatsia leaf and flowers

We have a fatsia tree in our garden and I can’t remember noticing the flowers before, although I do remember the distinctive seedpods …

ivy flowers

What I did notice today, though, was how like the ivy flowers the fatsia ones were. I wonder if they’re related? They’ve got the same sort of thick, waxy leaves, and flying insects seem to like them.

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