Saturday, 5 April 2014

an april posy … ode to spring …

It is a delight to walk around the garden, there are so many different flowers that catch my eye.  What shall I pick for my April posy – wallflower, primrose, muscari, forget-me-not, yellow rattle, bachelors buttons, hyacinth – each one is saying pick me, pick me – so I shall using my favourite forget-me-not china cream jug which is fitting for the season.


Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke


“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
Mark Twain


“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.”
Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room


“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.” ― John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga


“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” ― Neltje Blanchan


“A Robin said: The Spring will never come,
And I shall never care to build again.
A Rosebush said: These frosts are wearisome,
My sap will never stir for sun or rain.
The half Moon said: These nights are fogged and slow,
I neither care to wax nor care to wane.
The Ocean said: I thirst from long ago,
Because earth's rivers cannot fill the main. —
When Springtime came, red Robin built a nest,
And trilled a lover's song in sheer delight.
Grey hoarfrost vanished, and the Rose with might
Clothed her in leaves and buds of crimson core.
The dim Moon brightened. Ocean sunned his crest,
Dimpled his blue, yet thirsted evermore.”
Christina Rossetti

You may have gathered that – spring is my favourite season

‘Til next time – have a good week – and remember to


  1. What a lovely selection of flowers you have in your garden to make up your April posy - Spring is a lovely time of year:)

  2. The flowers are beautiful. Such lovely spring colours!

  3. I love the flowers of your garden, such a beautiful spring posy.

  4. What a lovely post Elaine. Your April posy is delightful. And the spring themed quotations are equally delightful.

  5. A lovely post about spring. Such interesting comments from writers and poets and the flowers are beautiful. My favourite time of year is from now into June and it goes too quickly.

  6. something restful and soothing about your posts Elaine

  7. You were my inspiration for wanting a cutting garden. The quotes are lovely. Spring is here too, now if it would just stop raining...

  8. A few more flowers out here now; unfortunately I don't know their names. We saw an enormous vivid pink flowering cherry yesterday, it really lifted our spirits.

  9. Lovely pictures and verse. Flighty xx

  10. Hello Elaine:

    This is a delightful post and one in which we have enjoyed the carefully chosen quotations as much as we have your lovely images.

  11. And Robert Browning wrote Oh to be in England in April-- or something like that. And I quite agree. Your flowers are beautiful.

  12. only gorgeous and shared to

  13. Beautiful, Elaine - both words and pictures. D

  14. I have to say this makes me really really jealous. You have so much beautiful flowers and mine are still sleeping. I want more beautiful flowers too.

  15. What a lovely post Elaine, a real feast for the eyes. I have been picking flowers to bring indoors but dont have any where near as much a variety as you do yet.

  16. What a wonderful dreamy post, and that little posy is magical. Spring, ah, you simply can't beat it!xxx

  17. I very lovely bouquet you have from your spring blooms. We are so hungry for their colors. Finally looking like spring has arrived here also. Have a great week a head.

  18. Beautiful words for the beauty of spring!! And can I just say that your bouquet is absolutely jaw dropping gorgeous!!! I mean if I could do my wedding over again I would want to carry that bouquet down the isle!! So stunning....have a great week friend!! Nicole xoxo

  19. We are close, but there are no beautiful flowers here yet, soon, soon....

    Yours are gorgeous, and make me long for the sunny mornings, and hands filled with flowers.


  20. Look at those gorgeous posies! Color and form and fragrance to serenade you wherever you look.

  21. Elaine, what does a Hellebore seedling look like?? Remember you sent me some seeds this time last year? Well, I think a couple of them may have germinated. I'm about to write about this on my blog, so I'm hoping you will look at my photos and tell me whether they are indeed of Hellebores...

  22. A lovely post for Spring.

  23. A beautiful spring posy with so many different flowers! Sarah x